Venezuela rewards Belizean officials for “Mission Miracle” cooperation

Venezuela and Belize have long had a special relationship, most typified by the Mission Miracle program which provides free vlcsnap-2013-02-08-19h01m03s5transportation and care for patients with diseases of the eye such as cataract and pterygium. Today, the important people in charge, the Mayors of Belize’s 9 municipalities and local coordinators who receive patients for screening and treatment, were recognized with a luncheon and appreciation ceremony in Belize City. Venezuela’s Charge d’Affaires at the local embassy, Gabriel Sanchez, told PLUS News that there is more to come:

GABRIEL DANCHEZ – Venezuela’s Charge d’Affaires:
vlcsnap-2013-02-08-18h31m20s73The Venezuela Embassy is always looking for projects. So I was looking for opportunities to try to help people, and try to deepen that relationship.  You will get the news soon about how that relationship is going to be strengthened and deepened. There are going to be good news, and it’s going to be to make a positive impact in the relationship between Venezuela and Belize.

The program began in the South American country in 2004 and has expanded to 12 countries including Belize. Sanchez explains why it was important to recognize those who supported the program:

GABRIEL DANCHEZ – Venezuela’s Charge d’Affaires:
What we’re doing is an event, We’re trying to make it a tradition. This started in 2011, and basically, as I said before it’s to honour those people who vlcsnap-2013-02-08-18h15m09s20contributed.  Basically, what we’re going to do today is to pay homage to those people.  We’re going to show some information specifically data, numbers or figures, about how Mission Miracle has impacted within Belize. After that, the mayors who have helped most to those Belizean people, they’re going to recieve some plaques, and also the coordinators will receive certificates of appreciation, and also this pin that you can see over here, that’s a token, a demonstration that they have supported us.  

The next major trip is expected in the coming weeks. Sanchez also updated the press on the condition of the man behind Mission Miracle and similar programs, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is recovering from complications from cancer surgery in Cuba. He missed his inauguration early in January but according to Sanchez he still holds the reins of power.

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