Wednesday, August 20, 2014.AARON HUMES Reporting: The non-governmental organization (NGO) Helpage Belize provides direct services for and advocates on behalf of Belize’s population of older persons.
From health to wealth, Helpage has tasked itself with making the lives of these valuable assets to our country better and safer.
Today, representatives of its 11 branches and the national board of directors met in Belize City to plan strategies and targets to help make their work easier.
Ivorine Bulwer, executive director, says those representatives will be exposed to the group five-year strategic plan from which the annual work plan will be developed to target areas of interest for the organization.
Among these she listed access to affordable healthcare, financial planning through use of non-contributory pensions, Government grant pensions and monies from Social Security and others; protection from criminal assault and robbery; and a general awareness of the importance of older persons in Belize.
Volunteers assist with maintaining the country’s primary shelters for older indigent persons, Sister Cecilia Home for the Elderly in Belize City and the Octavia Waight Center in San Ignacio Town.
There are plans for a state-of-the-art facility to be built in Belmopan.
Helpage’s Chairman Evan Dakers told us that in collaboration with the National Council on Ageing and the Ministry of Human Development which has responsibility on issues for older persons, Helpage works to promote the interests older persons in Belize and their full integration into society.