Sunday, April 5, 2009 the village of Las Flores in Belize dedicated their new library. For more than a year the people and the sisters and OCA have collaborated to get the necessary funding and to construct the new building which also includes a computer lab. SCNs, Paschal Maria Fernicola, Rosemarie Kirwin and Carlette Gentle minister in the village. SCNs Maggie Cooper and Beverly Hoffman from the Belize City local community attended the dedication.
Sister Paschal Maria sent this account of the celebration:
Last week, the City Council in Belmopan sent workers to clean up the site. They also put up two colorful tents from which to serve refreshments which the women of the village made for the Dedication – a full meal of rice and beans, stewed chicken, slaw and a delicious Salvadorian drink called “orchada” made of ground rice, strained, with water, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon.
On the day itself the Government Press sent the media to videotape and photograph everything. Mayor Simeon Lopez spoke wonderful words of praise and encouragement to the room full of people who came for the event. Various other civic officials also spoke. It was very evident that they were proud and inspired by what they saw and what they heard from some members of the leadership who also addressed the crowd. After I thanked everyone for all they had done to help this dream come true for the village, I presented the new librarian who also spoke briefly. Then all left the Community Center and gathered in front of the library for the ribbon-cutting ceremony which included SCNs, the Mayor, the Area Representative, and various other officials. They had provided beautiful wide, green ribbon and all the gold scissors necessary!
The tour of the library followed, and everyone was in awe! It really did look impressive! The newly installed computers, the furniture, books, lighting, fans, air conditioning in the computer center and the brightness of the interior more than delighted everyone! A nice surprise came as we were leaving! A wonderful box of books from El Salvador arrived from their Ambassador! The Ambassador from Venezuela was also present. He had donated $1000.00 Bze. to help with the building.