Port Loyola Organization for Women finds a home on Kraal Road Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 May 2018 00:00

The Port Loyola Organization for Women, PLOW, inaugurated its new facility on Kraal Road on Wednesday, April 25. At the unveiling on its new headquarters, the Director of PLOW, Lauren Burgess-Eagan, shared with those in attendance her intentions from PLOW. According to Burgess-Eagan, “This building is going to be a lighthouse in a dark world. We are on the border of Queen Square and we are still in Port Loyola so we serve this area with love and joy in our hearts.” It is a blessing for PLOW finding a place to call home as it has moved from location to location and from place to place, over the years of its existence.

Finding its own permanent location has only come after much dialogue with investors. Two such investors are the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) as well as the Government of Belize. OFID has budgeted about $30.2 million dollars to the Southside Poverty Alleviation Project, which aims to improve infrastructure, health, education and social welfare needs in poor areas in Belize City. It is through this project that PLOW has received its new facility.

The support from the GOB and OFID has allowed PLOW to continue in its efforts which include the empowerment of women in the Port Loyola Community. These women receive a chance at being independent from being able to work and paying their bills to feeding and educating their children. Through this independence, the lives of their family members as well as community members are uplifted.

OFID’s Director General, Vienna based Suleiman Jasir-Al Herbish, flew in for the occasion. At the inauguration, he shared that “This occasion is opportune to express our commitment to the Government of Belize and people and your children and the community here for more commitment and more cooperation with you. We at OFID believe that this kind of cooperation cannot be improved without access to reliable infrastructure, education, health and social welfare. We have followed the implementation of the South Side poverty alleviation project and are pleased to see that its development objective is being met and being met with great success.”