By Anita Nembhard
Free Lance Reporter
Police Street resident, Angela Bennett and her three children will have a home for the holidays, built (partially) by her own hands and sponsored by the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) and the Hand in Hand Ministries’ “Building for Change” program.
After receiving the keys on Wednesday morning, Bennett explained to reporters that she did not have the finance to renovate her old house and was thankful to God that she was considered and approved.
Bennett, a single mother, said she was “really glad for the help.” It’s a big, big blessing for me and my kids because I really wanted a new home. I really needed a new home and finally I got it now.”
Bennett added that she was “proud” of helping to build her new home: “I helped to nail, back board, I helped to mix and back cement and it was great. I enjoyed it.”
A press release from the power company said that the 16-foot by 16-foot wooden house, constructed over four days, and complete with electrical installations and plumbing facilities, was donated by BEL and constructed primarily through volunteer work by BEL employees. It is valued at $18,000.
The family was selected based on Hand in Hand’s criteria, which requires beneficiaries of donated houses to display a commitment to community involvement and also participate in the building of their homes, the release states.
BEL’s Customer Care Manager, Celina Gill, stated that this is one of many outreach programs in the community for the utility company.
She was especially proud of Bennett’s personal hard work during the construction phase, and said that being on site for herself opened her eyes and those of her staff to how much more they can give back, calling the experience “humbling.”
On Thursday, BEL will donate to St. Mary’s Anglican Primary School Feeding Program to assist with providing healthy meals to children. In December, BEL and its employees will provide food hampers in communities countrywide to families in need and serve lunch for other deserving persons.