The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) celebrated 57 years of existence this past Sunday. A week of activities has been planned to commemorate the anniversary. One of those activities was the opening of a National Resource Center in Belmopan. The building, which was inaugurated this afternoon, is located on Trinity Boulevard near the Anglican Church. The property is land donated by the City and includes a computer lab, rooms for cosmetology and sewing, a kitchen and conference space. President of the Y.W.C.A., Sheree Smiling-Craig gave the initial address at today’s event.
Sheree Smiling-Craig – YWCA President:
It is truly my honour and pleasure, to welcome you to this historic occasion – the inauguration of the Young Women’s Christian Association Belmopan branch. The Y is known for advancing knowledge and promoting physical development, as well as other creative activities. In addition, the YWCA is dedicated to rendering significant public service to a range of age groups, from the very young, as you saw, to the elderly, who you will meet shortly. Above all, in all its varied activities, the YWCA promotes spiritual growth, healthy living and leadership. It is clear that the YWCA’s unswerving dedication has achieved impressive results in helping young women and youth, take charge of their lives, build skills, increase their self-esteem and improve their communities by being mentors and leaders.
World YWCA President – Deborah Thomas-Austin was also present at today’s inaugural event.
Deborah Thomas-Austin – World YWCA President:
I am so pleased to be in Belize for a few days this week, to celebrate with the YWCA of Belize, its 57th Anniversary of service to the community, empowering women and girls and changing their lives. It is clear that the YWCA’s name in Belize is well respected and is associated with a long history of service, which continues to impact and change the lives of so many women and girls. This is a true reflection of the spirit of the YWCA movement.
Other partners on the project included the European Union, and the Government of Belize. Next Saturday, the YWCA is hosting an Open House, preceded by a motorcade on Friday. International YWCA President Dr. Deborah Thomas of Trinidad will be in town to participate. The YWCA operates a special school for young girls in Belize City as well as a pre-school and several project activities. It was first established in Belize in 1956.