I am working for the National Council on Ageing (NCA) a quasi government body set up by the Ministry of Human Development (MHD). They should be launchung a websit soon and I shall post the link once that happens.
My main role is to draft an Act for Older People though as I am only here for 3 months I am not sure how far I shall get. My placement leader is a British woman, Ms L. Jeffrey who came to Belize 14 years ago as VSO worker and has been here ever since. I mentioned before that she had not been feeling too well so I have been under the care of Mr Evan Dakers. He is a Social Planner and works for the MHD. He really has taken good care of me.
Week 1: Outline
I met with Ms Jeffery and we drew up a short term plan for the week. As it is Senior Citizen’s week a lot of the people I should be meeting are involved with celebrations so I shall spend the this first week reading and familiarising myself with the task ahead and the organisation.
On Tuesday I shall travel with HelpAge Belize and the senior citizen’s to Banana Bank and Wednesday I shall meet with Ms. Jeffery at our new offices which are not too far from the MHD. ( I shall post a picture soon)
HelpAge are having a luncheon on Thursday so I shall attend that and meet some more older people.
Friday I am not sure yet…I may be going to San Pedro with the other volunteers.
I shall be working on a Rights’ of Older Persons booklet we plan to launch in about two weeks time.
That’s it for now.