By Aaron Humes: “Making a difference in people’s lives, one home at a time, one family at a time. It’s as simple as that.”
That is the mantra of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing in its Modular Houses Pilot Project, which has built and delivered more than 100 homes countrywide.
Recently, two single women and mothers were recipients, both in the Cayo District, and they spoke about what the simple shelter means to them.
New homeowner Reeana Garcia said, “I am very happy and this is a big accomplishment for me…it pushes me to want to do better. Now I can go ahead and continue my education; this is a big push for me.”
Edna Hope gave thanks to God and to the Minister, Julius Espat, for a gift that, even though she looked forward to it, still left her speechless. “At least, I have something to put over my head and, in the future, this can be for my kids.”
Cayo North area representative Michel Chebat explained that the importance of housing has been part of his campaign for the past six years, especially for single mothers. “I strongly believe that when you empower a woman, you empower a family.” It is a commitment he says he is happy to have come through on, though credit must be given to his colleague Espat and Prime Minister John Briceno for believing in the dream of affordable housing for all.
Espat added, “It is an honor for us to be able to support the women in Belize. And so I believe that even going forward, 75 percent of the recipients [of new houses] will be women. We are making sure of that.”
A society with fewer needs is more productive, Espat said, and we must never forget, particularly those who have more, to share with those who have less.