After some stern allegations made by Ms. Cher Mungovan, the Caye Caulker Village Council want to make several clarifications.
On April 1nd, 2020 the chairlady received a call from Quality Poultry manager saying that they were banned from selling on the island. The chairlady clarified that there is a growing concern going forward as there is an increase number of COVID-19 cases in Belize City. The manager at first was saying they were being barred from coming to Caye Caulker and the chairlady clarified the situation as it was raised by many and reminded him, as a corporate business, the Caye Caulker community have not benefitted from this company and in time of need they should consider giving back to Caye Caulker.
The next day on April 2nd, 2020 the manger returned a call and informed the chairlady that they would be making a donation of one hundred (100) bags of chickens with four (4) chickens in them. This equated to a total of four hundred (400) chickens of about 3lbs each totaling (1200) lbs from the donor. The Caye Caulker Village Council decided that this donation of poultry would further compliment the donation made by Ms. Wendy Auxillou and the Caye Caulker Covid Assistance Team, the Chinese Community and that of San Pedro Belize Express.
While packing bags at the Community Center, the C.C.V.C. decided to pack a total of (500) packages and decided to make a purchase of additional supplies to reach the goal of that (500) packages. The chairlady owning a meat shop, consulted her husband to see if they could make a donation to further compliment each bag with a chicken. A total of one hundred twenty-five (125) chickens of 4lbs each was donated equivalent to 500lbs. Each grocery bag now had one (1) chicken to accompany it. This left an excess of twenty-five (25) chickens which is being used as a supply to the addition of the new Cuban doctor and nurse on staff. Yes, the Caye Caulker Village Council is responsible for supplying lodging and food for the additional health staff and lodging for the Coast Guard.
On Friday, April 3rd, the Caye Caulker Village Councilors did not finish a meeting until 8:30 p.m. vetting the list of people who came to the Village Council to sign up and ensuring those most in need would receive some help from the Council. The first attempt to distribute bags started Saturday April 4th, 2020 where the secretary of the Caye Caulker Village Council started to call people to please come out and receive a bag going by a list that the Council had vetted giving priority to the elderly, the sick, the single parent and those who have lost jobs. If you had a job, this would immediately not qualify you for help and was denied. Please remember that only 500 bags were packed and while vetting the list some hard decisions had to be made as in a family of parent and siblings, only 2 were given to ensure the little help would spread all over the island. While the secretary was making calling the councilors realized that people were showing up that were not on the list and the people were not adhering to the social distancing rules so the distribution was halted.
Since the social distancing rule, should be carried out by all, the C.C.V.C. decided the councilors will distribute packages by areas. The first area started was the Bahia area on April 7th and 8th, which was one of the biggest areas and took the Councilors two days. On April 9th, 2020 the Councilors took to the middle of the island and some of the Split Area. Easter was already on us and the Council decided that distribution would continue after the Easter weekend.
On Easter Monday, April 13th, 2020 the chairlady was contacted by a representative of Human Development and was asked to go out and find a store that would supply the island with packages to be provided for people who apply for the social relief program. The chairlady informed the other councilors and 4 members went from shop to shop looking for an establishment who would agree to work with the government and several forms and banking information were submitted by the C.C.V.C. to human development. The approval is still pending by Human Development and the C.C.V.C. has shared the link to the form via this medium.
Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 two councilors got together and began to call those people who were not identified while the home delivery was being made. Individuals from the first list are still being called or message via facebook to locate these people as no phone number was provided, if these individuals cannot be located, we will move on to other individuals.
Today, April 15th, 2020 a meeting was held with Ms. Melissa Tang to assure her and her team that the C.C.V.C. will continue to provide food supply to be cooked by the Bondi Soup Kitchen. The Caye Caulker Village Council will if necessary purchase additional food supply to ensure that a second round of packages can be donated to a second set of individuals.
Please note that the limited resources of the Caye Caulker Village Council is being spread in all sectors of the community. The retrofitting of the building of the isolation was funded solely by the Caye Caulker Village Council. Some medical supplies such as 80% alcohol, pulse meters, are being funded by the Caye Caulker Village Council. We have purchases bleach to clean the most visited areas in the Community. The Coast Guards are here with no boat and limited fuel. The Caye Caulker Village Council has paid for all fuel cost incurred by the tour owners who assisted the Coast Guards over this Easter weekend to monitor movement around our island. We have reached out to our Area Representative, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr, for assistance and he has said that he is unable to be of assistance as his ministry is taking the blunt of the wound and he is currently receiving no salary. Today, at the short meeting the Caye Caulker Village Council held, the Council was informed that last monthís subvention of 4,000.00 was still not yet deposited. Efforts were made to local government to clarify if C.C.V.C. would continue to get the subvention but all efforts were futile.
The Caye Caulker Village Council firmly pledge its continued commitment in being of assistance in all sectors where assistance is needed in our community. This is being done in the most impartial and nonpartisan manner as possible. The Council is truly only made up of seven members, but at a time of crisis like this, it takes the effort of a community to determine the survival and perseverance of the well-being of all. All the efforts thus far have been that solely of the Caye Caulker Village Council and its donors. Times are tough and C.C.V.C. is trying its best to give assistance, but some order and patience must be exercised by all in these rough times, and in no way should these fabrications be allowed to discredit all the hard work and preparation the Council have done thus far.
The Caye Caulker Village Council is most grateful for all the assistance and donation given to the Caye Caulker Community in this dire time of need by many. Despite the fabrications, the Caye Caulker Village Council will do its best to safeguard the entire Caye Caulker community and will continue to foster unity and assistance to as many in these uncertain times. We take this time to remind the community that one can be prosecuted for rumors and lies, and strongly condemn such acts. The Caye Caulker Village Council strongly encourage community members to be sympathetic and supportive to each other in these stressful times, rather than spreading innuendos, deceits and fear.
Please note: no one is to be soliciting funds on or behalf of the CCVC. Thank you.
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