Groundbreaking for State-of-the-Art Childcare Center in Belmopan: SIF, Government, and CDB Collaborate
Today, the Social Investment Fund (SIF), the Government of Belize, and the Caribbean Development Bank broke ground for the new state-of-the-art Dorothy Menzies Childcare Center in Belmopan. The facility is currently located in Belize City, but its structure has deteriorated and needs to be more conducive for the children in state care. The new structure, which includes an administrative building and two dormitories, aims to provide a better environment and a more spacious compound for children. Minister of Human Development and Families Dolores Balderamos Garcia and Belmopan Area Representative Oscar Mira spoke about how the new building will improve the living standards of the children and the services the government provides.
Oscar Mira, Ministry of National Defence and Border Security: “We were looking around and the chairman of RECONDEV suggested this area and we came and between myself and CEO decided that you know what this is a very good area big enough for expansion. This is an area that is going to develop and is developing very rapidly so sooner than later we won’t be in the suburbs anymore we’ll be in the center of Belmopan so I am very happy and I am very proud that this area has been chosen for the new Dorothy Menzies Center.”
Dolores Balderamos Garcia, Minister of Human Development, Families and Indigenous People’s Affairs: “I’m so glad that our ministry is involved in it because we have the responsibility for children who are wards of state and who are in the care of the state as such. So we are very, very much invested in this but it wasn’t only our idea. It was the Caribbean Development Bank, the Social Investment Fund, a lot of parties who saw the vision for the future that we need to relocate the Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center, as you know where it is just off St Thomas Street in Belize City it’s a very small space, it’s very cramped because of the number of children, and of course we want a place where children can be free and run, have an outdoor facility. We could have sports facility, we could have a little garden as I said, you know? So we are very much invested in this. And I only want to repeat what I said in my remarks earlier that we thank everybody who had anything to do with the groundbreaking today. I’m so pleased that Ms. Kay Menzies was here to represent her mom and as you know, it was Ms. Dorothy Menzies, a private citizen at the time. She didn’t have to do it, but she had that caring for children that goes so far in terms of the citizens of our country contributing and giving back and who better to give back to than our children who are most vulnerable and most in need.”
The structure will cost 2.6 million Belize dollars and will include facilities that are accessible to differently abled persons.