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. 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.