By Aaron Humes: From north to south, east to west, in the last few months, deserving Belizean families have received houses to call their home.
Recognizing that infrastructure and housing are critical to the development of Belize, the Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing, continues to empower communities through its Modular Housing Pilot Project.
Minister Julius Espat reminds us that having a home to call your own is a once-in-a-lifetime experience: “It’s an awesome experience just to be here to feel along with people the emotions that they go through when they receive a house. What most people fail to understand [is] that the people that we are providing these homes for, would never have an opportunity like this in their lifetime.”
Area representative Rodwell Ferguson recorded the appreciation of himself and his constituents: “That is the cry and when you look at the amount you have to pay back per month for ten years, it is very, very reasonable and so I hope that it can continue across the constituency; I hope that as we [continue] our term in office that it gets [to be] more per year because it’s important.”
Even “flooded with applications” as the Ministry is, the Minister insists that people continue to apply even if they have to wait a while: “If we can’t do it this year, then we’ll put you on the list for next year, and the year after until you get your home, so that’s how we’re looking at it. But we will continue, because it changes lives one at a time, so we are continuing on that path.”
And the hope, Espat continued, is that the budget increases to do even more: “There’s lots more to do. We love what we do in giving service to people and giving a good product, so it’s not work. It’s just getting the job done.”