By Aaron Humes: Retired CEO of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and founder of the Ariel Rosado Foundation, Dr. Alvaro Rosado, has agreed to donate 120 acres of land in a long-term lease for agricultural and other use for at-risk youths under the Leadership Intervention Unit (LIU).
Dr. Rosado invited Minister of Home Affairs Kareem Musa; youth counselor William Dawson and Deputy Commissioner of Police Dr. Richard Rosado on a visit to the Grace Bank property next to the Belize River.
As Dr. Alvaro Rosado explained, “My father started the farm in the 1950s and we used to come up here as a family, and then I took it over in the 1980s and started developing it, the original seven acres. Somehow or other I fell in love with the place and I bought 133 acres more, so a total of 140 acres. My son Ariel and I were working the land – he was a big part of it – but then he passed away in 2011.”
The farm was essentially abandoned after that, but he decided to make the donation including infrastructure on the property in order to support this cause.
Dawson said the land would be used for an agricultural program for at-risk youths, particularly in Belize City and he looked forward to bringing teams to clear it out and prepare it for usage.
He added that a multi-sectoral approach would be adopted with various partners as to the development of the property and obtaining necessary resources.