The Indian Community in Belize is contributing to the vulnerable population in Belize during the COVID-19 Pandemic. They have distributed vouchers to all the Standard Bearers in Belize City to pass on to their constituents. The vouchers are a pass to receive a food package from the Water Walker Outreach Ministry in Down Town Belize City. The packages contain the necessary staples including rice, beans, flour, sugar, liquid soap, and many more items to assist families throughout the city. Today Love News was at the handing over for the Mesopotamia constituency and spoke to Arun Hotchandani Honorary Consul General of India in Belize.
Arun Hotchandani, Honorary Consul General of India in Belize: “First of all I have Mr.Dinesh Bhojwani one of the lead coordinators and the former president of Belize Indian Community BIC and what the Indian community has done is as he said last week is we have coordinated a cohesive effort among the community to give out I think approximately 2,000 food packages. We decided we’re going to use, and this was not in any political party line we are doing it absolutely across where we decided to give I think last week we gave the Mayor and we gave both PUP and UDP standard bearers. So today as well we are here distributing the set about for this constituency to the standard bearer for the Government of Belize. Overall it’s 2,000 and I think Mr.Shyne Barrow from this area will be getting 100. I would like to thank Mr.Bojwani who played a very key role and the entire community for getting together I mean remember it’s not just me or him it’s the whole community that really got together so I’d like to thank them and this is our opportunity to heed that call and I think the community as one society, one country we have done that at this stage. With us today we have the former president Mr.Dinesh Bhojwani and the former president Ms.Preeti Bojwani who were key players in coordinating this effort toward assisting and like I said earlier we used the standard bearers and the area reps as they have the logistics, they have all the data already input so they will be able to assist us in actually getting out those packages in those specific areas as to who is really the need one.”
We also got a chance to speak to shyne Barrow, Standard Bearer for Mesopotamia who expressed gratitude to the Indian Community for the assistance to his constituents.
Shyne Barrow, UDP Standard Bearer, Mesopotamia Division: “Well I’m extremely grateful to the Indian community for this kind donation. You know we need all hands on deck. I’ve been doing my own distribution of groceries in the constituency but certainly it will not be enough if it’s only me so we are extremely grateful here in Mesopotamia for the generosity of the Indian community. I have given groceries to over a thousand families since the end of March and I’m still now going again but we find that there are some older people and some single mothers who may not have the equipment to cook or some old people that live along so that’s why I came up with the Sunday Dinner along with one of my committee members Ms.Lovena Anderson I really have to give her the credit because I have been so overwhelmed giving out groceries everyday for over thirty days I’ve been giving out groceries so I wanted to do a kitchen and cook food everyday but it was just too much for me to commit to but then she called me when the shutdown was becoming more restrictive and saying ‘Listen I have these old people that I usually help how am I going to get the food to them?’ and I said no problem I’ll get the food to them but you know I know more old people and I know some single mothers and so why don’t you allow me to give you the food and then I’ll deliver to everyone and so that is how the Mesopotamia Sunday Dinner came about.”
The endeavour is expected to last 6-7 weeks but many families’ needs will still remain post-COVID-19, so BIC has expressed a desire to make this a permanent endeavour based on those needs.