Group: Mary Beth Wimsatt, Rasmi Nair, Sarah Burton, Michelle Allison, Elizabeth Ralph, Amanda Smith Gaspar
In past years, the Impact medical clinic has supplied all patients in the community with enough medication to last them one year. This year, after discussion with the Ministry of Health, it was decided that the community would start receiving their medications via the mobile health unit which visits Gales Point every three months. This unit is sent by the government to communities like Gales Point in order to provide regular medical service throughout the year. After talking with many people in the community, it was observed that many people did not know about the mobile health clinic, or were not interested in using this service. The mobile health unit service would be very beneficial to the community because it would increase their access to healthcare. The group decided to use their $100 to advertise the mobile health unit so that the community would be aware of the services they provided. The $100 dollars was given to the Ministry of Health to sponsor an information night in the community about the mobile health unit. This information night will introduce the healthcare professionals who will be on the unit, as well as provide information on the types of services the unit provides. It is anticipated that this information night will increase awareness and utilization of the mobile health unit.
Gales Point lacks waste management and recycling services. The community has made efforts to implement various community clean-ups without much success due to the unavailability of disposal resources. Many members of the community welcomed this proposal for a $100 Solution project. After much discussion with the community members and the Ministry of Health it was determined that, a dinner meeting between active members of the community and members of the Ministry of Health was needed and that $100 would be sufficient to facilitate this meeting. Because of the impracticality of bringing the parties together on more than one occasion, it was decided to combine different issues related to waste management into the meeting’s agendas. Points to be discussed include community recycling and waste management, septic system feasibility, funding, and management, and water treatment issues. The funds for the meeting between the Ministry of Health and the Community leaders were left with Mr. Bailey at Manatee Lodge. Manatee Lodge will host the meeting between the two groups. Since returning to the US, Impact has been in contact with Mr. Anthony Flowers at the Ministry of Health to confirm that the Ministry is committed to this meeting.
Gun violence has increased in Belize, particularly among young men. During our visit to Belize, we discovered that the violence has even impacted the remote village of Gales Point, as two brothers from Gales Point were killed as a result of gun violence in Belize City. Master Drummer Emmeth Young and his wife, Jill Burgess, have started Drums Not Guns in an effort to help the youth of Gales Point reconnect with their traditions and to provide them with positive outlets for their energy. Emmeth and Jill hope that youth involvement in Drums Not Guns will prevent future violence. To kick-start this program, Emmeth wants to hold a drum making workshop for the youth. The group will provide money for the purchase of rope, his most costly expense when making drums. The group decided to send a money order along with a letter stating how the money was to be used. It is our hope that this contribution will help the Drums Not Guns program reach more youth in the community.