Belize Central Prison: Turning life around

Belize Central Prison: Turning life around

The graduation of 67 of you brothers from the Ashcroft Rehabilitation Center (ARC) here at Kolbe Foundation’s Central Prison after having gone through 90 days of rigorous rehabilitation work to renew yourself, is good reason for celebration. The presence of your families, loved ones, friends, prison officials and all of us here is a testament […]

How the Mayas Won – Lessons for all Belizeans

How the Mayas Won – Lessons for all Belizeans

The consent order that was issued by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on April 22, 2015, finally laid to rest more than two decades of struggle by the Mayas of Belize against successive PUP and UDP government administrations for recognition and respect of their customary land rights. For the removal of doubt, customary land […]

In memory of Belize’s legendary Garifuna parandero, Paul Nabor

In memory of Belize’s legendary Garifuna parandero, Paul Nabor

In the world view of the Garinagu, Paul Nabor, Belize’s internationally revered parandero, has entered the community of the departed where he will eventually join the society of the ancestors. Like all those who have gone before him, his death is seen as a rite of passage, a cross-over from the material life to the […]

True Nation Building for Belize

True Nation Building for Belize

True nation building starts with appreciating our diverse cultures: It was in the spacious thatched roof kitchen of my grandmother Jane V. Enriquez that I, as a little boy, first learned to appreciate the beautiful diversity of Belize’s various cultures. I always remember it as a special place that drew friends and relatives together – […]

Belizean women must find new ways to push open the door to political office

Belizean women must find new ways to push open the door to political office

An important standard by which the quality of a democracy is determined, is not only the degree to which all citizens – men and women – are able to effectively participate in the political system, but also how equitably represented they are public office. The participation of women in positions of political power not only […]

The practice of mindfulness in our schools

The practice of mindfulness in our schools

Why Mindfulness should be taught and practiced in our schools All over Belize are people who live in emotional pain, irritation, anger, jealousy, unresolved conflicts, and stress.  For whatever reason, we all experience these emotions and disharmony from time to time; some far more than others. The problem is that when a person suffers from […]

The school environment that nurtured Andy Palacio…

The school environment that nurtured Andy Palacio…

Before television came to Punta Gorda in the early 1980s, and before the later fixation of the town’s youths on technological gadgets in this new millennium, there was a vibrant, creative and expressive social environment that nurtured a number of musical talents. Interestingly, these talents emerged through a distinctly parallel social context within the community. […]

Domestic violence in Belize

Domestic violence in Belize

Domestic violence in Belize: A pressing issue for women and men to resolve The reported incidence of domestic violence in Belize, as indicated through the most recent statistics (2012) from the Epidemiological Unit of the Ministry of Health, continue to show troubling trends. Persistently, Belizean men are overwhelmingly the perpetrators of violence suffered by women. […]