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As is customary in Orange Walk South, today Area Representative Abeladro Mai visited schools in communities within the area sharing a drop of Christmas joy with the children. As he does annually, Mai and his team of elves, Santa included, prepared goodies bags for children. Today he visited ten communities to share these treats with students. We caught up with him at Guinea Grass where he told us more about his reasons for the initiative.

abiHonorable Abelardo Mai – Orange Walk South Area Representative

“It is important to know and understand that there are children in Orange Walk in my constituency that do not have the opportunity to get an apple for Christmas, it is a sad but true thing, I come from humble beginnings, my family are still humble and I know what it is to be marginalized or poor, I visit villages on a regular basis and you see the level of poverty so when you see we are celebrating in our home with ham and turkey and all the drinks galore, there are people there are children who do not know what it is to receive a toy or an apple for Christmas so we take things for granted, this to me is a personal conviction to me that every child in Orange Walk South that they can get an apple will get so that he can share the same feeling that I am having for Christmas, he can have the apple that I am having and that is something in me and I have to do it every year and I have been doing this every single year.”


Mai admits that on some occasions a lack of resources limits how much treats each child receives but that hasn’t made them back down from ensuring that they still enjoy something. The Area Rep also told us that he and his team have also decided how to distribute the Christmas Cheer funds received by Government and funded through the Petrocaribe funds.

Honorable Abelardo Mai – Orange Walk South Area Representative

“We have already been planning how we are going to invest that and our first and foremost priority is to the elderly and needy but obviously every cannot get is impossible but that is the first we want to target and look at the less privileged and that is where we branch off so once we have done we have done justice we have used the Petro Caribe money in a very wise manner, not the most sustainable because when the hamper is done then we go back to where we were we still poor  and hungry but the best way I think to spend Petro Caribe money is in a sustainable manner and I have always said this we need to create an enabling environment, we need to create opportunities for those people that don’t need to get hamper after they have a good opportunity they don’t need hampers they can provide their own hampers and this is what I believe sustainable development is the way to go but in the meantime we will give the needy those that are less privilege and I just wish my constituency a merry Christmas and a happy new year.”

Mai and his team continued their visits to schools after our meeting in Guinea Grass where they issued over four hundred goodie bags.

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