U.S. CARSI gives $1.75 Million in ESF grants to 5 organizations

By Willaim Ysaguirre
Freelance Reporter

Five organizations in Belize have received a total of $1.75 Million in grants from the United Staates’ Cemtral American Region Security Initiative (CARSI), through its Economic Support Funds (ESF) program. Charge de Affaires Adrienne Galanek signed over the grants to representatives of each organization at a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan on Friday morning, September 29.
Dorla Bowman of the Building People Movement signed a grant agreement receiving $296,296.00 for the BPM’s “Live in Peace” project, to help fight gender based violence through public education, counselling and providing legal aid for victims and offenders.

Red Cross Belize director Lily Castillo-Bowman signed to receive a grant which she said would help the Red Cross with its disaster relief efforts, and to help 16 rural communities of the Belize district by providing health and hygiene services, and to do vulnerability risk and damage assessments. The target communities are: St. Paul’s Bank, Willows Bank, Double Head Cabbage, Bermudian Landing, Burrell Boom, Sand Hill, Grace Bank, Gardenia, Biscayne, Bomba, Maskall, Lucky Strike, Rock Stone Pond, Santana, Boston and Caye Caulker.

Malenie Barnes signed on to a grant agreement to receive funds for R.E.T. International, for a project which she said would strengthen the government – civil society partnership, to reduce corruption and impunity, and to fight against human trafficking. The project will train 60 women and youths to provide counselling to women who are victims of trafficking in persona and to youths at risk, with deliverables to help at least 800 persons in six communities in the Belize, Cayo and Stann Creek districts.

The Belize representative for the United Nations’ Development Programme, Karen Bernard, also signed on to a grant agreement for project to develop nationalstrategic communication plan for public education and engagement on the Belize Guatemala territorial dispute, to support civil societies, to support the plan for the referendum process and to improve voter re-registration systems, to help fulfil Belize’s commitments under UNCAC (the United Nations Convention against Corruption). She noted that International Anti-Corruption Day will be celebrated on December 9, which will also be the first anniversary of Belize signing on to UNCAC.

The fifth organization to receive funding was the “Trust for the Americas” of Organization of American States, for a project to reinforce existing Belize government initiatives to guarantee public access to information, and to strengthen civil societies to help them work more effectively in partnership with government.

Comments are closed.