Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2022. 12:06 pm CST.
Photo Credit: MIDH
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: “Six families in the Belize District have received the keys to the place they will now call home through the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing (MIDH) Pilot Homes Project,” said the Government of Belize Press Office on Friday.
“Sometimes a thank you cannot be put into words. At times it’s a hug, a smile, or tears that flow from the heart.”
The Press Office said the families were all thankful.
“It’s a dream come true. Becoming a homeowner is very exciting. I can’t put it in words,” said Shadane Lord as she entered her new home.
Like her, Marjorie Wallace said she was speechless.
“Overwhelming, exciting, speechless most of all, you know. The joy. Words can’t actually explain how you feel. Just overjoyed. This is a big help,” said Wallace.
“I am receiving something that I really wanted to have. I think it is very good enough for me and I really appreciate it,” said Marco Chan as he and his wife checked out their new home.
Sharon Zelaya whose house burned down some time ago said she was thankful
“I thank God and thanks everybody for helping me. I feel good. Mi heart got lotta bubble and thing di jump in deh,” said Zelaya.
“Feel good, generous, yeah,” said Winston Ferguson.
Wallis Stain and Delvorine Jones were trying not to be emotional, but you could see they were.
“I feel very happy. We appreciate everything, then we minister, the government and everybody weh work along with it. Thanks very much. I’m very happy,” said Stain.
“I no really want to get emotional but thanks for everything because I really appreciate it,” expressed Jones.
Deputy Prime Minister Cordel Hyde, who is also Minister of Natural Resources, Petroleum & Mining and Lake Independence area representative, said he remembered his days growing up in Belize City.
“I know the value ah wa nice lee cement bungalow house. Like that cannot be overstated, right. I know that from personal experience because we grow up in a bruk-up house,” said Minister Hyde.
“Then bout at age 12 mi old lady get a concrete bungalow house and that changed fu we life. We start feel good bout wiself, we start ga pride, we start work lee harder da school because we see the benefits ah working hard.”
Minister of Infrastructure Development and Housing Julius Espat said owning a house gives you power.
“By having shelter, by not being able to have to go pay da rent every day weh you no own, by having something that you can go to the bank with to be able to better your life, psychologically that gives power,” said Minister Espat.
“It gives you strength to face life. This is a tangible way of people feeling that government is contributing to bettering their lives.”
The Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing (MIDH) is continuing the Pilot Homes Project and has many more houses to build.
“As our Minister always says … this is our job and what we are here to do. But trust us when we say it is much more than a job. We are passionate about uplifting our people, one home at a time,” said the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing in a social media post.
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