Thursday, May 23, 2024

Ministry of Human Development

Public Advisory: Amnesty mobile clinics coming to San Pedro in February

An amnesty clinic is being planned for February 4-5th in San Pedro Town. Designed for people to address their legal status in Belize, the island sessions will help those who need help with their applications. Organizers expect to offer aid for up to 150 persons during the two-day event. Anyone planning to attend, and/or may have questions, is asked to call 223-9500.

UN Agencies host final migration mobile clinic for 2021 in San Pedro Town

On the 27th and 28th of November, the United National Population Fund, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF), and International Organization for Migration held their last migrant mobile center for 2021. The final outreach for asylum seekers and migrant communities took place in San Pedro Town. Participants had the opportunity to access a comprehensive menu of critical health, legal and social services.

Buckingham Palace approves Froyla Tzalam as Belize’s next Governor General

Belize’s next Head of State and Governor General has been approved by Buckingham Palace in London, England. The historic appointment of Froyla Tzalam, a Mopan Maya woman of the Toledo District in southern Belize, was announced over the weekend.

Ministry of Human Development, Families and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Receives Donation of Fabric from Taiwanese Embassy

The donation is made possible by a charity foundation in Southern Taiwan through the coordination of the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Belize. It is valued at BZ$94,602 and includes polyester, rayon and spandex, which will be distributed to women’s groups and entrepreneurs across the country by the Women and Family Support Department.

Update on the Food Assistance Programme

The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation continues to support families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including through the COVID-19 Food Assistance Programme. Since April 11, 2020, the Ministry has assessed over 100,000 applications. Applications were received through the Ministry’s Facebook page, call center, walk-ins to the district offices countrywide, and field visits to remote villages in Toledo, Orange Walk and Cayo districts. Families are deemed eligible for food assistance if they are not receiving any other benefit from Government such as unemployment relief, BOOST, or regular Food Pantry.

COVID-19 Case Confirmed at Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center

The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation informs that eight of the 23 residents of Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center (DMCCC) were taken for medical care based on symptoms related to COVID-19. Two of the children were tested for the virus and one test returned with a positive result.

Update on Daycare Closures

The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation advises the public that under the current regulations, daycares are permitted to operate; however, an amendment will be made to the current statutory instrument to include daycares in the list of businesses prohibited from operating under the current state of emergency. Therefore, daycares will remain closed until further notice.

BEL Introduces its COVID-19 Relief Program

Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) continues to provide relief for persons countrywide who are adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Company will provide food and care packages totaling $75,000 in value for distribution to approximately 600 marginalized families across the country, commencing May 4, 2020.