SAN PEDRO COLOMBIA, Toledo District, Thurs. June 3. 2021– Earlier this year, the Ministry of Human Development, Families and Indigenous People’s Affairs received a contribution of 523 bales of fabric. This donation was made by the Embassy of the Republic of China, Taiwan. By means of the Belize Defence Force, the Ministry of Human Development, Families and Indigenous People’s Affairs had distributed this fabric to women’s groups nationwide.
The Minister of Human Development, Families and Indigenous People’s Affairs, Hon. Dolores Balderamos Garcia, had initiated a countrywide tour, to exhibit the crafts of the women of Belize who had utilized the donated fabric. In the most recent tour on Thursday, June 3, the delegation, alongside Taiwanese ambassador H.E. David K.C. Chien, visited the village of San Pedro Columbia to see the craft produced by women’s groups in the southernmost part of the country.
At the event the Minister of Human Development, Families and Indigenous People’s Affairs, Hon. Dolores Baldaramos Garcia, expressed deep gratitude for all supporters who made the day possible. “First and foremost, we’re very grateful to the government and people of the Republic of China, Taiwan. We can’t say that enough. Our new ambassador from Taiwan is so enthusiastic and so full of energy and it’s wonderful to have him,” remarked Minister Balderamos Garcia.
During his remarks, Ambassador David Chien said, “Taiwan has maintained a very close and robust interaction with Belize. It has been over 32 years since we built our diplomatic ties with Belize. In our mind, the Belizean people are our brothers and sisters.” According to the ambassador, this bilateral relationship is one that he and his people cherish.
Ms. Ida Genus, who is part of a Punta Gorda livelihood program, commented at the event, “When we got the materials, we went into action. We were instructed to make tablecloths, napkins, placemats and runners. Someone came down from Human Development to teach us to sew tote bags.So we did tote bags in between, and we decided to make some aprons, or anything that could sell. Because at this time, with all this material, we needed to put it into effect.”
Adelina Cus of the San Pedro Columbia, Cha’en Sisters Group further noted that this donation is a great help for those recovering from the impact of the pandemic. She said, “Before the pandemic, we were doing good. When the pandemic came, everything went down, and we can’t do anything else. But it’s through God’s blessing that we got this donation from Taiwan.”