Love Foundation Recognized for Crime Reduction Efforts in Belize City

Love Foundation Recognized for Crime Reduction Efforts in Belize City

The Love Foundation has been recognized by the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) for its mentorship and program ideas that have reflected a decline in violent crimes in Belize City.  The IAF is a US Agency that invests directly in community programs aimed at developing the areas and its residents.  In its release, the IAF referred specifically to the community-managed hubs that the Love Foundation has erected in several parts of Belize City.  The hubs have provided safe spaces for students after school, as well as entrepreneurship opportunities for the vulnerable and the reformed.  Back in September, the Love Foundation had accessed some 240 thousand dollars for a program that will work with men and boys in preventing violence against women. According to the Executive Director, Deborah Sewell, the program is aimed at reduction in crimes among the male population.

Deborah Erskin, Executive Director, The Love Foundation: “This project will engage a cadre of civil service and social partners such as the Women’s Commission, the Department of Youth Services, and the National Commission for Families and Children to train a total of 150 men, 25 from each district thereabouts, ages 13 to 35, who will be trained as trainers and serve as gender advocates with the primary focus of engaging men and boys to advocate for gender equality, promote health, reduce violence, and to question and address the structural barriers to achieving gender equality in Belize. Once training is completed, this group will conduct outreach in their immediate communities to expand and sustain the project. The project will work to increase prevention methods to reduce incidents of gender-based violence through community and organizational strengthening, capacity and leadership building by providing access to mental health services, crisis counseling and other types of behavioral change programs.”

According to the Inter-American Foundation, “before Love Foundation established the hubs, police recorded an average of nearly 900 incidents per year in these areas, ranging from threats, property damage, or assault, to murder. In 2022, however, police recorded only 4 incidents in the community hub locations.”  End of quote.

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