New Multipurpose Centre for Sandhill Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

Sandhill students grateful for new centerResidents from all villages of Belize Rural North travelled to Sandhill Village on Sunday, July 28th, to celebrate the inauguration of the Sandhill Multipurpose Centre. Hon. Edmund Castro, Area Representative for Belize Rural North, said, “We finally have a nice beautiful library for the children.” He added, “We will soon install an Internet port so that everyone using the facility can benefit from wifi access.”

The project was implemented by the Social Investment Fund and financed by the Government of Belize. The old community centre was rehabilitated and extended to include an additional room that will be used as a kitchen and for skills training. There is also a temporary partition to facilitate health clinics. The external timber doors were replaced with metal doors and all windows were replaced with storm guard metal louvers with security grills. The old centre was a health hazard since it had on asbestos roof. That roof was replaced with a concrete slab fitted with lights and ceiling fans.  The electrical and plumbing systems were rehabilitated and new fixtures were installed. The male and female bathrooms were outfitted with floor and wall tiles. 

The renovated facility will house a library equipped with internet services and a wide assortment of reference books. A few members of the community will be identified and trained by the Belize National Library Service and Information Systems (BNLSIS) to serve as volunteer librarians.  As part of the project, bookshelves, study desks and chairs for children and adults were provided. The library has a total of six computers with software and other accessories such as a printer and photocopier. A stove and a refrigerator will be supplied for the kitchen to be used by women in the village for income generating food sales and cooking lessons.

The facility will benefit over 400 students, who prior to the project, had to travel all the way to Belize City or stay back late after classes in order to do homework and research due to the lack of computer and I-nternet sources in the village. The project has a total cost of $300,246 and was financed via a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank for $285,246. The difference was contributed by the Sand Hill community.