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Papa” Mena in touch and staying on top of things Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 January 2016 00:00

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When the Hon. Frank “Papa” Mena was looking for a place for one of his weekly visits, he chose the Agriculture and Natural Resources Institute (ANRI) in his own backyard.The former Jesuit-run Lynam Agricultural College opened its doors in 1953 to become one of the most respected international agricultural institutions in Central America. 

Lynam has experienced some good and bad times.  It went from educating and producing some of the best leaders in Belize and the region for close to 30 years, to housing some of the criminal minds as a maximum security prison in the mid 70’s.  It was reopened as an educational institution in 1994 at the determination of then Minister of Agriculture Hon. Russell “Chiste” Garcia.  The school is presently home to a student body of 85 in the pristine hills of the Stann Creek Valley.

Even though the campaigning for office is over; the work continues for the best is yet to come.  Minister Mena has been on a whirlwind tour of several organizations and establishments in the relatively short time he has been a member of parliament.  The visit to Lynam just wasn’t an ordinary one.  Lynam boasted one of the most feared football teams in the early years of its existence.  Mr. Mena would love for that “fear” title to return to the school.  Which is why he visited bearing gifts in the form of a complete set of football jerseys for its football program.  

Former radio personality at Power FM in Griga, and now a staff member at ANRI, Francelia Linares said, “thanks a lot for the visit and of course for the jerseys for our school football team.”  In a Facebook post Dorita Roberts Mensah wrote,“ANRI has my heart, proud of the minister for keeping up and in touch so early. God bless Hon. Frank “Papa” Mena.”

Lynam College produced some brilliant men,a few of which include, former ministers of government Melvin Hulse, Russel “Chiste” Garcia, (deceased), and former Senator Anthony Chanona, just to name a few.

A Lynam College graduate, Belizean Garifuna Agriculturalist Alexander Marin, (deceased), in a YouTube interview conducted by Leonides Sanchez and Abdul Marin Nunez, offered a summation worth mentioning. “The impact of Lynam is that youths are trained to feed themselves.  The Mennonites don’t have degrees but can feed themselves. The roots Belizeans have degrees but cannot feed themselves.  If you are educated and you cannot feed yourself, then you are nothing.  What is the sense of having a degree but no temperature?”  Honorable Mena is hard at work trying to reverse that unfortunate but real trend.

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