Happy Garifuna Settlement Day to the SCN Family in Belize!
In 1975, Sisters began outreach to those living in Belize, Central America. SCNs have been involved in Parish ministries and retreats, lay leadership training for Church ministry, physical therapy training, adult literacy programs and social services in cities and rural villages. Through collaboration with other organizations, SCN family members are also building homes for persons or people living in poverty, working in health clinics in rural areas, and creating new educational programs.
Garifuna Settlement Day is a public holiday in Belize, celebrated each year on November 19. The holiday was created by Belizean civil rights activist, Thomas Vincent Ramos, in 1941. The holiday celebrates the settlement of the Garifuna people in Belize after being exiled from the Grenadines by the British army. The major festivities for the holiday occur in the town of Dangriga, including parades, street music, and traditional dancing.
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Sister Adeline, Provincial of the Western Province, is in Belize meeting with Sisters. She is pictured with Sisters Maggie, Barbara, Chris, Higinia, Beverly and Carlette.
The SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program regularly travels to Belize. The program, invites lay women and men to partnership with people, especially the oppressed, economically poor and marginalized, primarily in the areas in which Sisters, Associates and/or members of the Charity Federation are called to mission.
Some of our SCN Associates & Candidates in Belize: Mathew Martinez, Sonia Ayuso, Delilah (Alice) Cabb, Virgin Martinez, Keisha Moore, Sylvia Magana, Maggie Vargas, Ernestine Usher, and Abel Vargas.