By BBN Staff: The Beyond the Horizon (BTH) 2017 program, an effort between the U.S. government and Belize, officially came to a close yesterday.
The U.S. Embassy and the government of Belize, in coordination with U.S. Army South, celebrated the successful completion of the Beyond the Horizon 2017 collaborative humanitarian exercise during a ceremony at Price Barracks in Ladyville.
The project, valued at US$11.5 million, furthered the U.S. Government’s continued commitment to the government and people of Belize.
BTH enhanced health and education infrastructure, provided free medical services across Belize, and created lifelong partnerships.
The closing ceremony saw special guest speakers including the Governor General of Belize, H.E. Sir Colville Young; Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the U.S. Embassy, Adrienne Galanek; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Patrick Faber; Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army South BG Richard Torres; Minister of Defense John Saldivar; Commander of Belize Defence Force Brig. Gen. David Jones; and the Ministry of Health’s Deputy Director of Health Services and Nursing, Augustine Elijio.
BTH was a collaborative training exercise between the U.S. Army South, the Belize Defence Force (BDF), the Ministries of Defence, Health, and Education, as well as partner nations, such as Trinidad and Tobago and Colombia. The project also included numerous NGOs and private companies from the United States and Belize. BTH could not have been possible without the generous support and strong partnership provided by the local government leaders, community members, and numerous tireless volunteers.
The exercise started on March 25, 2017 and provided free medical and dental services for 16,834 Belizeans and built medical and educational facilities in communities across Belize.
The exercise consisted of five construction projects and three medical service events in Ladyville, San Ignacio, and Dangriga.
The construction projects were as follows:
• Expansion of the emergency room at the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan.
• Construction of a new medical waste incinerator housing and equipping it with a new medical waste incinerator at the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan.
• Construction of a new medical clinic building at the Ladyville Health Clinic.
• Construction of a new medical clinic building at the Double Head Cabbage Clinic.
• Construction of three new classrooms at St. Matthew’s Government School.
The U.S. Embassy thanks everyone who participated in this impactful collaborative training exercise.
As the BDF’s and U.S. Army South’s mottos proclaim, “Shoulder to Shoulder,” “Together We Can.”
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