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#288296 - 07/11/08 01:41 PM sick children in San Mateo
pamkillen Offline
I know that a number of people are going to jump down my throat but....... Vern Wilson has stated in a letter to the tres cocos neighborhood watch group that he could not attend a meeting because the family of one of his students has lost a child to a severe skin infection caused by contaminated water. I have been screaming myself hoarse about the lack of the proper septic system in the shool. Last rainy season, the head ( whatever that thing is that goes into the system with watse) was a foot under water. The school board needs to address this issue and clean the area around the school that the kids play in or walk through. And where the heck will the new playground go, over contaminated soil? And totally forget dredging anywhere near that property because it will loosen contaminates from the soil to the water. They need to bring in a specialist. He said that child died, this is very serious.

#288325 - 07/11/08 03:39 PM Re: sick children in San Mateo [Re: pamkillen]
Amanda Syme Offline
Pamkillen nobody is going to jump down your throat because you point out the obvious. What is less obvious is the solution.

What Vern said is that one of the kids died from contaminated water by her house - not the school. It might be better to actually post what he said rather than picking out parts of what he said.

I would have been there but had a meeting with Manuel Heredia last night discussing the sanitation or lack there of in San Mateo.. A 3 year old child died this week from a infection after falling into the water around their house 2 weeks ago and getting a skin infection and fever... the little sister of one of my students... very sad..
We are awaiting the autopsy report to confirm the exact offical cause of death she was running a temp of 104 when the hospital sent her home.. she never made it home....
We have 37 reported cases of skin infections from contact with the water back there, that we have treated at the school. Heredia now has the names also to use as a tool to push the issue in Cabinet..
Heredia will be going to Cabinet and seeing if they can get a grant to fix and fill that area so we do not have this happen again.. I have been fighting for this for the last 4 years and now hope that finally something will get done..


I am by no means a huge advocate of Vern Wilson - I don't know him and I don't talk to him, but I do know that whether it is ideal or not, Vern has managed to take 450 kids that were not going to school and provided them with an education, 3 meals per day, a reason to be happy and an opportunity to be kids. They get to play, they get to learn, they get to eat and also realize their potential.

I believe that the outrage should stop being aimed at Vern, Francis and the Holy Cross school and be focused on getting the GOB to relocate the school to a more practical, less hazardous area.

Whether these kids are legally Belizean or not the fact of the matter is that they live here and they will either become contributing members of our community or troublemakers in the future. I would much rather see them getting an education, getting ahead, and enjoying life on the island.

The school board doesn't really need an expert to come in and tell them what their problems are, I am fairly certain they have a very good idea already.

Solutions anybody?

#288335 - 07/11/08 04:22 PM Re: sick children in San Mateo [Re: Amanda Syme]
bywarren Offline
Solution: There have been many issues brought up on this board concerning the declining quality of life on AC - too many to itimize. There is always talk of getting the GOB to come and solve the problems. It is not happening. There have been other efforts to have tourists donate to solve problems. IMO, it is pasts time for San Pedro residence to find workable solutions to their problems. AC is the richest place in Belize. Time for AC to use those riches to solve their problems. Quit expecting taxes from tourism and business taxes to solve all the problems. Sure, in a perfect world with a resonably competent national government that might happen. It is not a perfect world and a long way from GOB being competent.
Tax yourselves and the people like me who own property there who want what we are not getting and solve our problems.
You can wait for GOB and income from tourism to do it and watch AC continue to decline in quality and NECESSITIES of life, or take charge of your own destiny.

PS Amanda: if you have a little extra time, figure how much tax dollars would be generated if people like me, forget for now the "local people" who some argue could not afford a higher real estate tax - although another discussion, if I were to pay lets say one forth of the tax I pay on other similar properties I own as opposed to what I pay now for my condo and see how much revenue that would generate on the island.

#288349 - 07/11/08 05:09 PM Re: sick children in San Mateo [Re: bywarren]
Amanda Syme Offline
Thanks for the input Bywarren. I guess I have some homework to do!


#288352 - 07/11/08 05:15 PM Re: sick children in San Mateo [Re: Amanda Syme]
bywarren Offline
Here is a little help for your "homework". I am not sure exactly what I pay in tax, but I think it is around 2 or 3 hundred US - my bills are in Belize and I am not. If that condo was almost anywhere else, the tax would be 5 to 10 thousand US. So if I were to pay 1500US multiply that times the number of condos on the island assuming mine would be close to average in value and see what that amounts to - just out of curiosity.

#288354 - 07/11/08 05:21 PM Re: sick children in San Mateo [Re: Amanda Syme]
natalie p Offline
I and other members of the NAC NW met and spoke with the mayoress about the sewer problem(or lack of it)about a year ago. She told me they were meeting with BWS about installing a sewer system there that very day. I asked how could future situations of this kind be prevented in the future, as more and more will build in swampy areas. She assured me that now that the Town Board has authority to approve or deny building of any houses, they would stop any more houses being built without adequate sewerage. Yet houses continue to be built in San Mateo all the time. I'm told BWS refused to put in a sewer because there are no designated roads and they cannot install water or sewage pipes unless it's thru deisignated roads. So the residents continue to dump their waste buckets directly into the lagoon.Solution?? I don't know. Not long ago I pointed out to the Mayoress that buildings were still going up, and she said she hadn't known and that she would check on it.

#288446 - 07/12/08 07:34 AM Re: sick children in San Mateo [Re: natalie p]
pamkillen Offline
You bring students from areas other than San Mateo where there are crowded classrooms but adequate sanitation to the school in San Mateo where classrooms are overcrowded and water is so contaminated that kids are getting sick and 1 died. A large number os the students come from town and south because of financial incentives such as free lunch. But they also add to the sewage overload at the school and are put at risk themselves. All I am saying is that this school must meet basic sanitation measures and for some reason have been given a pass. We all are responsible for allowing this to happen.

#288450 - 07/12/08 08:21 AM Re: sick children in San Mateo [Re: pamkillen]
natalie p Offline
The school is an absolute necessity. I have no idea if sanitation inside the school is a health problem. I do know that the residents dumping toilet buckets into the lagoon is.
However, I believe there was some sort of agreement with the Vernon's and the Town Board that if they were allowed to build their resort or Marina or whatever it is they were planning, that they would install an adecuate sewer system to San Mateo.I seem to recall that they had not done this as Town Board had not kept their side of the agreement, perhaps now that they have been given the go ahead they will see to the San Mateo problem?

#288453 - 07/12/08 08:29 AM Re: sick children in San Mateo [Re: natalie p]
Ernie B Offline
You are kidding, aren't you ?
Gun Control is Hitting Your Target.

#288461 - 07/12/08 09:46 AM Re: sick children in San Mateo [Re: Ernie B]
elbert Offline
This whole deal smells.
Do you remember who's Idea It was to build the frigin school in the swamp. now its hostage to grant an environmental raping.Is anyone a little suspicious of this?
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