For: Press Release
Date: December 16, 2013
Topic: Christmas Cheer Message
In this festive season of love and sharing, this of giving and receiving, the Belize People’s Front salutes all hard-working Belizeans across the jewel for their perseverance and endurance shown in the face of harsh economic times. It’s with this ever present and clear economic danger that we commend those who give from their hearts and pocket, to the less fortunate. To the Prime Minister of Belize, we say; the dignity of the needy is not reduced by the seasonal hand-outs done with much fan-fare and using these as political mileage makes a mockery of the poverty of our people. The levels of poverty have been maintained by both previous and present administrations, through a lack of initiatives and that would have enhanced the availability of sustainable work programs.
The monies allocated to these area representatives, while not the most efficient and unbiased form of reaching the neediest are further reduced from the efficiency attainable by circumventing the very system in place for the same. Organizations exist that cater to the poor and destitute of Belize. Sister Cecilia and Octavia Waight Home for the Elderly, Mary Open Doors (a home for battered women and their children) Salvation Army, Golden Haven Rest Home and many others, desperately needs assistance. While we believe that a gift from the government is not the worst in their history, we are of the opinion that these monies well allocated and invested in the country’s infrastructure, would have enhanced the availability of secure employment and by extension promoting and enhancing the dignity of Belizeans. This method of holding our people hostage to the politicians will only seek to maintain our people in abject poverty.
The Belize People’s Front is looking forward to a Belize where we will create so much jobs and opportunities that at Christmas time, except for the truly unfortunate ones, many of us will not remember the politician exists. We want a Belize where our people can be free and live dignified lives without being held hostage by political leaders in exchange for little help here and there. That is our vision. We believe it is every house hold’s dream to be able to provide food and shelter for their loved ones, so as to not be delegated to political hand-outs and other injustices. This is achievable with improved frugal management and peripheral improvements in governance.
Nefretery Nancy Marin
President: The Belize People’s Front