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Screen_Shot_2014-09-09_at_7.46.35_PMAnywhere you go across the country you will hear residents complaining about the bad state the streets are in. It is the same scenario if you live in town or rural area and the fact remains that while in some cases the town councils and village councils do their best to remedy the problem the work on streets seems to be never ending. In the village of Guinea Grass the independent Village Council headed by Luis Jimenez has been doing its best to upgrade streets but without financial assistance from Central Government there is little that they can do. However, they have managed to get some work underway with the assistance of Orange Walk South Area Representative Jose Abelardo Mai.

Jose Abelardo Mai- Orange Walk South Area Representative

“They have also seek to find help with Central Government and the so called Standard Bearer for the UDP Juan de Dios Moguel who they claim has all the power and authority with resources and what’s not but he has never come forward to help and we are not in government as you may understand and the resources that he has access to are denied to us so we have to find ways and means to help the villages.  In Guinea Grass we have asked ASR to help us and they provided the material and the chairman and his very active village council, hardworking village council, found some resource in neighboring villages of shipyard, they helped us with the excavator, they help us to transport the excavator and the loader, they provide a dump truck, we only paid a minimum for the white marl from the BSI pit to, ASR/BSI has been very helpful with that they provided the material and then today they are providing us with the grader so we are doing the big holes and we are filling those big holes.”

For the Chairman of Guinea Grass and the residents, the assistance could not have come at a better time.

Resident- Guinea Grass Village Council

“En primer lugar hay que darle gracias al concilio y al ministro Jose Abelardo Mai ellos están trabajando y es lo que necesitamos acá en la aldea que se vea el trabajo y es un orgullo para nosotros que la aldea se vea bien especialmente en estos días festivos y pues me siento agradecido con ellos."

Luis Jimenez- Chairman Guinea Grass Village Council

“This work I’ve been wanted to do it for a long time and I ask the UDP Standard Bearer before for help and he told me that in April the machines will be coming in here and now we are in September and nothing has happened so we decided to take off on this project and thanks to Mr. Mai he has helped us with getting us the grader and the material and thanks to the Shipyard Mennonites that helped us load and transport the materials and also big thanks to the people here in Guinea Grass that they are helping in contributing in getting the fuel and I really appreciate that.  I will say we have zero assistance from the government but we have a lot like football tournaments and Mr. Mai has sponsored with all prizes and trophies and he has been there for us.”

Similar works have been carried out in other village of Orange Walk South including the village of Yo Creek.

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