BEL and Hand in Hand Ministries Partner to Provide a Home for 3rd Consecutive Year – On Wednesday, November 24, 2015, a Belize City family of four received keys to a new house from Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) and Hand in Hand Ministries (HHM) under HHM’s “Building for Change” program. The 16’ by 16’ wooden house, complete with electrical installations and plumbing facilities was donated by BEL and constructed primarily through volunteer work by BEL employees.
Recipient, Ms. Angela Bennett, is a mother of 3 children ages 8, 9 and 13, residing on Police Street, who expressed, “It’s really a dream come true. I am a single mother and I do not have the finance to build a new house. Thanks to God because I will be in my new house for Christmas with my children. A major thanks to BEL and Hand in Hand for making my dream come true.”
The family was selected based on HHM’s criteria, which requires beneficiaries of donated houses to display a commitment to community involvement and also participate in the building of their homes.
BEL thanks HHM for the opportunity to support this humbling effort. The house is valued at approximately $18,000 and was constructed over a four-day period.
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BEL Assists St. Mary’s Feeding Program
On Thursday, November 26, 2015, Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) made a contribution to the St. Mary’s Feeding Program, which has been providing meals to primary school aged children for the past 21 years. After learning of recent challenges faced by the program, BEL committed its support to ensure that 170 children receive a daily nutritious meal in a comfortable setting.
BEL’s contribution includes 10 wooden tables, 100 wooden chairs, a refrigerator, eating utensils and a cash donation of $5,100. A group of BEL staff also assisted with serving food to children in the feeding program at St. Mary’s Primary School.
St. Mary’s Feeding Program provides a total of 850 meals per week and was established following a survey indicating that a major factor contributing to children’s absence from school was their parents’ inability to afford their meals.
BEL and its employees are once again grateful to be afforded the opportunity to give back to the community. BEL’s community outreach, which focuses on contributions that improve the quality of life in Belize, are continuous. In December, BEL and its employees will provide food hampers in communities countrywide to families in need and serve luncheon for other deserving persons.