Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2020. 8:24 pm CST.
Photo Credit: Wil Maheia
By BBN Staff: As organizations all over Belize do their part in helping people cope with the effects COVID-19 has had on the country’s economy, Oceana Belize has partnered with several of these organizations and individuals to support their relief efforts.
Oceana Belize donated a total of $3,000 to community organizations, which included the Rotaract Club of Corozal, Rotaract Club of Cayo, San Pedro Tour Operator Association, HelpAge Belize, Placencia Food Bank, Dangriga Ecumenical High School Teachers Initiative, and Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV).
Jacinta Gomez, Outreach and Program Director for Oceana Belize explained that Oceana’s field representatives in the various districts identified the organizations or individuals that were already doing food drives to partner with, as opposed to starting a food drive of its own.
“We are an advocacy organization primarily, but as a team, we decided that if there was any room for us to make a donation that would assist families that are feeling the brunt of the COVID-19 measures, we wanted to do that through a donation for food supplies. This pandemic has shown how Belizeans can come together during a time of need and if we all do a little we can have an impact by working together,” Gomez said.
Breaking Belize News spoke with Alfonso Alcalá (Tzul), President of the Rotaract Club Of Corozal, who explained that the initiative will an impact of around 25 families from communities such as Chunox, Sarteneja, and Copperbank. Tzul explained that the Club provided assistance through the creation of a coupon system as a workaround for the movement restrictions brought on by the State of Emergency regulations. He noted that the Club is also planning to continue that initiative in the weeks to come.
Our newsroom also spoke with Wil Maheia, founder of the BTV, who went on an excursion today to deliver food packages with rice, beans, flour, and other essentials to communities located in Mullins River, the Temash River, and Barranco.
Maheia said that, while the group is known for its environmental efforts it is an organization that is pro-Belize in every aspect and has been assisting communities with food items during the COVID-19 crisis.
BBN salutes the efforts of all the organizations that have decided to step in and offer assistance as Belize ‘s efforts to weather the economic storm brought on by COVID-19 continues.
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