U.S. Embassy, Love Foundation, and Kolbe Foundation Launch Community Resource Hub in George Street
Monday, April 12th, 2021
On April 8, U.S. Embassy Belmopan, partnering with the Love Foundation and the Kolbe Foundation, inaugurated its third and final community resource hub in the George Street area under “Empowering Communities to Empower Themselves” (ECTET) initiative. The initiative has created three community resource hubs that provide training
and serve as startup locations for new businesses, creating alternatives to gang activity in underserved neighborhoods long suffering from violence.
The inauguration of today’s George Street hub also included the launch of two new businesses, a greenhouse titled “Go Green, Go Clean” and “Sunshine’s Beauty and Nailz Shop.” These participants join successful businesses created through the first two community resource hubs in the Yarborough and St. Martins de Porres neighborhoods.
Since the Yarborough hub was launched in October, its new business has acquired access to a second vacant lot to launch the first free community garden in Belize City and has obtained a contract for a drain project with the Belize City Council. Since the St. Martins hub launched in December, its new mechanic shop has formed a partnership with other local mechanics and has expanded to provide towing and road-side assistance.
Chargé Gilges lauded the success of the program and noted, “We hope that ECTET will serve as the blueprint for others interested in similar revitalization efforts to promote security, prosperity, and good governance in marginalized. We have faith that the participants of this program will continue to inspire others to become the change they want to see in their communities.” He ended by quoting an old Belizean proverb, “One one cocoa
full basket” – bit by bit, we can arrive at our goal… I think our basket is now a little fuller.”
Chargé Gilges delivered the keynote address. He was accompanied by the Hon. Kareem Musa, Minister of Human Affairs and New Growth Industries, Hon. Shyne Barrow, Area Representative for the Mesopotamia Division, His Worship Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City, Virgilio Murillo, Chief Executive Officer at the Kolbe Foundation, Deborah Sewell, Love Foundation Executive Director, and Francis Woods of the Kolbe Foundation.
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