By BBN Staff: On May 13, 2017, a ceremony was held for residents of Gracie Rock Village who successfully completed training in Capacity Building programs.
The trainees received Certificates of Completion at an award ceremony.
Funding for the project was provided courtesy of the Government of Belize through the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
The programs were designed to strengthen the capacity of the community to increase income from tourism and recreational activities aimed at taking advantage of the rich eco-tourism that Gracie Rock possesses.
The training included Capacity Building facilitated by the University of the West Indies Open Campus; Tour Guide Training facilitated by the Belize Tourism Board; First Aid Training facilitated by the Belize Red Cross Society; and Food Preparation/Hospitality Management facilitated by the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA). In complementing the training, the Gracie Rock Community Centre was rehabilitated, and equipment was provided to enable the community to be better equipped in delivering services to visitors in a professional, marketable and sustainable manner. Thus, the Gracie Rock village is poised to form part of the tourist destination in Belize.
The equipment included kitchen appliances, furniture, laptop, two desktops, projector, screen, printer and accessories as well as canoes, bicycles, inner tubes, vests, and fishing rods for outdoor activities.
Officials at the event included the Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration and Area Representative for Belize Rural Central, Beverly Williams, Phillip Clarke; Village Chairman, Wilmot Staine; and the Executive Director for Belize Social Investment Fund, William Lamb Jr. among others.
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