Hon. Gaspar Vega launches Construction of Multi-purpose Center for San Jose Village Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 July 2012 00:00

Official ground breaking ceremonyOn Friday, July 21, Hon. Gaspar Vega, Deputy Prime Minister of Belize, launched a project for the construction of a new multi-purpose centre in San Jose Village in the Orange Walk District. The project will be implemented by the Social Investment Fund and financed by the Government of Belize through a 5,000 loan from the Caribbean Development Bank.

The San Jose multipurpose centre is a community-based project, which aims to address the skills training needs of the residents of San Jose Village and to empower existing groups, who lack the resources to collectively engage in income-generating activities. The training to be provided by the centre will empower active groups such as the women’s group, the youth group and the Tilapia Farmers group with newly acquired skills and provide them with the opportunity to generate an income.

The project entails the construction of a one-storey Ferro-concrete building measuring 42 feet wide by 44 feet long with a verandah 4 feet wide along the perimeter of the building and 2 stairways to access the first floor providing an approximate total floor area of 3,063 square feet.  The building will house a training room for sewing, office spaces for the Water Board and the Village Council, a space for workshops, seminars and training sessions and a sanitary block comprising of male and female bathrooms. Solid timber doors and aluminum louvered windows with security grills will be installed. Provisions for the installation of electrical, plumbing, water supply and waste water systems in accordance with the regulations of the respective authorities will also be included in the works.

As part of the project, a fully equipped computer lab which will include 17 computers and accessories will be provided to the San Jose Government School to provide initial training to 15 persons.  San Jose Village has one primary school consisting of 455 students and 18 teachers but the students have no computer and internet access. As a result, parents pay up to $20 for 3 hours of computer tutoring for their children which is done in Orange Walk Town on Saturdays. The computer lab will address this situation.

The special guest speaker at the official launching of the project was the Hon. Gaspar Vega, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Area Representative for Orange Walk North. He welcomed the investment in the people of San Jose Village. DPM Vega said that he is certain the people of San Jose will make good use of the center to uplift themselves and their community. San Jose is a large village with approximately 2,533 residents located about 9 miles from Orange Walk Town on the Northern Highway.  The villagers are dedicated to sugar cane farming and construction work.  However, many youths are now working as store attendants and cashiers at the Corozal Commercial Free Zone.