When I first traveled to Belize, Central America in 2007 something unexpected and wonderful took root and began to grow in my heart. Several years later I remain passionately fueled by the genuine warmth of Belize's diverse people, her dramatic and vibrant landscapes abounding in natural resources, and the thriving melting pot of Maya, Garifuna and other cultures who make Belize so unique and colorful.
Much of my time in Belize has been spent in the Toledo District, the most southern and poorest district and home to the majority of indigenous Maya. Over the years I have been blessed by a shared, deep bond with one Maya family in particular. They have embraced me as one of their own and have taught me a great deal about their history and traditions. For those living without basic modern day conveniences, such as electricity or indoor plumbing, conditions such as these do not dampen their cheerful nature. What we might consider substantial lack, they simply view as a way of life to be honored and celebrated through happy, joy-filled spirits. It is this exhibited joy paralleled with humbling need that has inspired me to lend a helping hand in the form of WeBEA.
As we work in harmony with students and educators of Belize, WeBEA invites you to consider helping by way of offering your financial support, 100% of which is used for this mission. In the spirit of being the change we wish to see in the world, WeBEA is making a difference. For many students, carving out a better life for themselves and their families with the opportunity of an education is no longer a dream but a reality within their reach.
Cheri & Regina are cousins who attend primary school in Toledo. Young girls, in particular, are at risk for dropping out of school when family's financial lack or other demands in the household make education take a back seat. These two young ladies are currently benefiting from WeBEA's support.
Orphaned years ago, Ryannie, Cordel's sister, is cared for by an older sister. Ryannie's story is all too common in Belize. Without the financial help WeBEA has been able to provide her, Ryannie would not be currently enrolled in Julian Cho Technical High School in Toledo with an annual cost of $500US. She is very grateful for the educational opportunities she is receiving due to WeBEA.
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Oscar is serious about his education with a goal of one day studying in America. He is the oldest of six children and attends Toledo Community College. The son of a farmer, Oscar labors in the plantation along side his father when he is not in school. The cost for Oscar to be educated is roughly $500US annually. Beyond primary school, registration fees, text books and uniform costs increase greatly.
These bright-eyed children are Garifuna, living in the Stann Creek District by the Caribbean Sea. With five other siblings ranging in age from 4 to 18, they exude immense appreciation for donated back packs filled with school supplies. Fiercely independent, these students seize every opportunity to enhance their education.
Cordel, a delightful young boy possessing a determined entrepreneurial
spirit viewed education as a chance at a better future. He never realized that chance when Cordel died in July of 2015 at the age of 15 after a life long struggle with a serious illness. Cordel is deeply missed by those of us who had the joy of knowing this special WeBEA student.
Charlina is one of six children. She loves school and hopes to one day be a teacher. In the past, Chari often attended school without breakfast or lunch or shoes on her feet. Today, with support from WeBEA, Chari enjoys her school day prepared with pencils and composition books, is provided a hot mid day meal supplied from the school feeding program, and is encouraged that her dream of teaching is now possible.
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