Hon. Gaspar Vega inaugurates New Multipurpose Centre for San Jose Village Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 May 2013 00:00

New San Jose Mulit-purpose Center (inset) Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega, Anita Mesh, San Jose Village Chairlady and SIF’s Daniel Cano, cutting the symbolic ribbonThe Deputy Prime Minister of Belize and Area Representative for Orange Walk North, Hon. Gaspar Vega, officially inaugurated a new multipurpose centre in the village of San Jose, Orange Walk on Saturday, April 27th.

The San Jose Multipurpose Centre is a community-based project that will provide skills training courses for the residents of San Jose Village. It will also assist existing groups to collectively engage in income-generating activities.  San Jose is a large village located about 9 miles from Orange Walk Town with approximately 2,533 residents.  The villagers are primarily sugar cane farmers and construction workers.  However, the younger population is comprised of a more diverse labour force.

The project was implemented by the Social Investment Fund and financed by the Government of Belize through a $485,000 loan from the Caribbean Development Bank. It entailed the construction of a one-storey Ferro-concrete building measuring 33 feet wide by 39 feet long with a verandah 4 feet wide along the perimeter of the building. It includes two stairways to access the first floor providing an approximate total floor area of 3,063 square feet.  The building houses a kitchen, training room for sewing and office spaces for the Water Board and Village Council. It also includes a room for workshops, seminars and training sessions and a sanitary block comprising of male and female bathrooms. It was built with solid timber doors and aluminum louvered windows with security grilles.  Office furniture and kitchen equipment, including a stove, gas tank and refrigerator were provided.

The project also includes the provision of 12 sewing machines (10 regular and 2 industrial) along with a ten-month training programme on sewing for the women’s group.   In addition, small business management and computer training courses for over 36 people will be provided.  The training will empower active groups such as the women’s group, the youth group and the Tilapia Farmer’s group with newly acquired skills and provide them with the opportunity to generate income.