September 21, 2008


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Tara returned to Hong Kong after being in Belize for six weeks teaching Yoga to the kids. It was sure great having her here and being able to visit with her. The summer program was a great hit and I think it will be something the kids will remember for a long time. The drive to take Tara to the airport was one I wish I did not have to make because I secretly wished she could stay longer. Alas the time had come.

While at the airport, we ran into an acquaintance that works at the Venezuelan embassy, and is very much into youth education. He invited us to stay and meet Dr. Robert Hill who is a foremost expert on Garveyism. Dr. Hill was invited to Belize to speak about Marcus Garvey and the importance of the Belize connection to the movement. Dr. Hill originally from Jamaica was visiting Belize for the first time. I found him to be a very warm engaging and down to earth person. Marlene and I traveled to the capital to hear him speak at the University of Belize campus, which was jammed, packed with students and the general public. His talk really showed the different sides to the complex Garvey, and really gave us some in sight into his life, believes and character. Very well presented.

The foundation has decided to sponsor two children from our village, and is helping them with expenses in order for them to finish school. Many of the children finish school at thirteen or fourteen years old, because their parents have to pay for high school which is very expensive and they cannot afford it. As well, many families have a number of children who need to be schooled but again the finances are not available. One of the students we sponsored started her first year in high school, and the other student will finish grade school this year .Both girls are so happy to be in school, and they are working hard to make sure they do well. The foundation will do all it can to make sure they are successful.

There was more amazing news coming from the art corner!! One of the big companies sponsored a painting competition that was open to students across the country. Cristo Rey RC School had five finalists which was the most for one school in the entire country. The children were invited to an opening displaying the work of the top 40 pieces selected, as well as the top 12 whose work will go into the 2009 calendar, which will be distributed throughout the country. One of our students won $100.00 for being selected in the top 12. Needless to say everyone was all smiles and why not?

We are in the process of organizing our first major fund raiser to give scholarships and keep the art program going . Watch for more to come on that front.

Life is Beautiful Blessings from Ocean Spirit Fire Temple in Cristo Rey Village surrounded by many, many Pyramids of the Mayan Dynasty of Belize. Winsom



Maroon Canadian artist based in Ontario, Canada " Keeping it in the Light "

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