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Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00


A new Help Age Branch in Benque Viejo has recently been completed with financing coming from the Belize Energy Trust Fund. Work has also been ongoing at the Belmopan Help Age Center where new shutters have been placed in preparation for the hurricane season. The Belmopan building will need to be used in the event that an evacuation is ordered for Belize City. The special contribution for disaster preparedness at the Belmopan Building was forty-five thousand dollars and came courtesy of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Walk ways and ramps have also been placed at the Belmopan Help Age building to increase access for those on wheel chairs. Help Age has also been able to purchase a metal container for their Belmopan building to store dry food products as well as clothes.

The Government of Belize continues to be the biggest supporter of Help Age Centers around the country. Each center gets a monthly subvention from the Government of Belize.

“We have to first of all give recognition to Government’s contribution as you are fully aware, without Government monthly contribution we would not be able to run our homes and our centers…” says Evan Dakers, who is the Chairman of Help Age Belize.

Help Age Belize is now preparing to develop a new strategic plan as their previous five year plan expired three years ago. While this long term planning is being done on June 7th and 8th at their address on Wilson Street in Belize City, revisions will be made to the Policy Manual, which sets out management matters at Help Age, with rules and procedures.

As Help Age Belize prepares its rudder for a sailing in unknown waters they continue to be in need of volunteers. Volunteers can be of any age and will be paid a small stipend for their service.

Those wishing to help Help Age Belize may contact the Executive Director. Sharon Pollack at her Belize City Office on Wilson Street or contact her Accountant Dalia Chan at telephone number 224-5282 or e-mail address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Contacts can also be made in the districts with the various persons in charge of the Help Age Centers. In Corozal, contact can be made with Maria Riverol; in Orange Walk with Aracelli Leiva. In San Ignacio with Luis Pulido or Bernedette Fernandez; in Benque Viejo with Maria Hernandez; in Dangriga with Valentina Marin; in Punta Gorda with Deline Arzu; and in Hopkins with Doctor Ydes Lacoursieca.

“We are looking forward to their continued to help, we want them to realize that if you live long enough, you will reach an age where it is more than likely that you will need some of the services that we offer, so please give generously,” also says Dakers.