Senior Citizens' Housing Project
Total Proposed Budget: US$56,250
Rotary Club of Belize Contribution: US$2500.00
Target Community: Mobile, Healthy, Poor Senior Citizens
Without question that there is a need for basic low cost/income housing in Belize City, our country's largest population centre. Many individuals and families live with barely a roof over their head. This fact also applies to Senior Citizens, who, often despite being mobile and able to take care of themselves, are often left without any support structure or means to house themselves at a basic standard of living.
Building on our past success of providing basic 20X20 plywood family homes (US$5000 each) with Hand in Hand Ministries and using a portion of their 1.5 acre property on the south side of the city, the club plans to build an initial community of six single person homes, for the mobile elderly. The houses shall be built in a community style with a community fence, courtyard, and central self service kitchenette to facilitate interaction between the residents. The residents shall also be required to sign a covenant that involves various restrictions such as keeping the area tidy, sole occupancies etc.
Once fully completed, the houses will be passed along to successive occupants as the years go by and the nearby primary school will also benefit in the form of mentoring and interaction between the seniors and the students. Hand in Hand Ministries is also building an Outreach Center on part of the property and this center will have a basic medical clinic, computer center and day care. The seniors will be able to participate actively at the center in meaningful ways.
The houses shall be built by Rotarians, over the course of two years, with the usual construction supervision by Hand in Hand Ministries. The Rotaract and Interact Clubs in the City can include the community as part of their service projects through painting, landscaping, general upkeep of the community, and through interaction with the residents.
The project shall be overseen by a Committee set up by the Rotary Club of Belize.
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