Beyond the Horizon 2017 closes $11.5 million dollars in projects Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 June 2017 00:00

The closing ceremony of the Beyond the Horizon 2017 collaborative training took place on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the Price Barracks in Ladyville. The exercise came about due to the collaborative effort of the U.S. Embassy in Belize and the U.S. Army South, the Belize Defense Force, the Ministries of Health, Education, and Defense, as well as partner nations such as Trinidad and Tobago and Colombia. There was also the involvement of NGOs and private companies from both the U.S. and Belize. The U.S. Government’s commitment to the Government and people of Belize in the field of humanitarian assistance was further continued.

The Closing Ceremony featured Chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy Ms. Adrienne Galanek, Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army South Brig. Gen. Richard Torres, Commander of Belize Defense Force Brig. Gen. David Jones, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Hon. Patrick Faber, and Minister of Health Hon. Pablo Marin.

Valued at USD $11.5 million, BTH provided free medical and dental services for 16,834 Belizeans. They also built medical and educational facilities in various communities. The projects started on March 25, 2017 and since then there has been a total of 5 construction projects and 3 medical service events.

The construction projects included the expansion of the emergency room at the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan, construction of a new medical waste incinerator housing and equipping it with a new medical waste incinerator at the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan, constructions of a new medical clinic building at the Ladyville Health Clinic and at the Double Head Cabbage Clinic, and the construction of three new classrooms at St. Matthew’s Government School. The free medical events were conducted on April 9-13 and April 17-21, 2017: Ladyville Community Center/Hurricane Shelter, May 8-16, 2017: Macal River Park, San Ignacio, Cayo District, and May 22-June 1, 2017: D Company Barracks, Dangriga, Stann Creek District.

The project also included numerous NGOs and private companies from the United States and Belize. BTH could not have been possible without the support and partnership provided by the local government leaders, community members, and numerous volunteers.