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Caye Caulker commences Tour Guide Training

On May 30, 2012 in Caye Caulker, News

 

FAMRACC

Last week a new Tour Guide training course got underway here in Caye Cauker.  The course was put together by the Forest and Marine Reserves Association of Caye Caulker (FAMRACC) on behalf of the Belize Tourist Board and is being co-ordinated by our own marine bioligist and eco-warrior,  Ellen McRae.

Thirty five candidates commenced the course (a much higher turnout than usual) all hoping that at the end of the course, they will be a fully fledged Tour Guide.

The course will require the students to be present from Monday to Friday (inclusive) until August.  The course will cover 7 Chapters (each with an exam that the students are required to pass), a CPR course, a swimming exercise and a fieldwork.   The students are required to learn in detail about Belize’s history, geography, population demographic and its politics.  The course will also include a Chapter on presentation including both presenting to a group and about their presentation as a Tour Guide.

Shane Anderson (or Big Shane) as we often call him, has already passed with flying colors the first three exams as in his eagerness to become a Tour Guide he has been traveling to and fro from San Pedro to take exams.  He will join the course at the appropriate time and will be joined with Shane Sho (Li Shane) and Dylan Blease too!  Although the success rate for these exams is often very low we are confident that all our candidates will achieve their goal!

Good luck to all concerned and thank you Ellen McRae and FAMRACC for putting together this very much needed course together!

Weekend’s Football update ..

On May 29, 2012 in Caye Caulker, News

Tsunami and Lazy LizardJimmy watching the football

The Under 14 Finals that was planned for the weekend was postponed to next weekend due to the slight drizzle we received on Saturday so I am sorry but no exciting news with regard to that league.

Sunday’s adult’s games still went ahead and the results made the league table look slightly different.  The first game was Caye Caulker Boys/ Bahia vs Team Danger (6 – 1) and the second game was the Lazy Lizard vs Tsunami (1 – 4).  The new league leaders are now Tsumani as they have a game in hand to both Lazy Lizard and the Caye Caulker Boys – all of whom are on 6 points.  Unfortunately, at the bottom of the table, both Team Rainbow and Team Danger (who have both played 2 games) have no points and are struggling at the bottom!!

Roll on next week and the Under 14 finals!!

Caye Caulker Walks for Cancer!

On May 26, 2012 in Caye Caulker, News

Cancer Society WalkCancer WalkSupporters of the CC Cancer Society

There are numbers of moments that you are proud of our Caye Caulker community and this is one of them.  This morning, 100 men, women and even children met at the airstrip at 6.30am to walk round the entire island to increase the awareness of the largest cause of death in Belize, Cancer.

The Caye Caulker Cancer Society has been formed as in recent years the predator has been on the alarming increase within our village community.   If today is anything to measure it by, it appears that this highly worthy initiative is generating support and momentum that the nature of the beast requires!!

The Society serves to create awareness (to encourage those in the community to have regular tests to highlight the early presence of Cancer), funds (the much needed funds to support the members of our community that need financial assistance to fight their illness) and finally emotional support.  All very much needed!

The walk this morning was an incredible show of community spirit as it was a who’s who walking the streets (even Patti Arceo – the PUP Standard Bearer had come over from San Pedro to show her support!).  Our huge thanks to the members of the Caye Caulker Cancer Society – today showed that all of Caye Caulker is very much behind fighting Cancer!!

The splendid color of the culture in Belize!

On May 24, 2012 in Belize, Caye Caulker, Culture

Creole and Mestizo boys watch the dance on top of the slide.Mestizo girls!

The Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School held its annual Cultural Day today and it was once again it was array of color!

Three chinese!Mestizo FoodGarifuna cooks!

For some time now the children of the School have been by class divided into the five main cultures of Belize, Creole, Maya, Mestizo, Garifuna and Chinese.  Each group of parents and children creates a stand that best illustrates the key points of each culture ie what they eat (and indeed how they prepare their food) how they dance, what the traditionally they wear and various of their holiday celebrations information.

Garifuna drummers!Maya fertility dance.Creole dancing girls!

Parents (and indeed many locals who do not have any child directly in the school) come to witness this spectacle of color and indeed purchase the local food on offer.

Future Garifuna drummers!Audience entertained by dancers!The Chinese!

Well done to all involved – truly a beautiful spectacle!

 

Football update ..

On May 22, 2012 in Caye Caulker, News

Captain Patrick watching the football!Football on Caye Caulker

To burn excess energy of Caye Caulker Villagers we have a number of activities but probably the most social would be football.  There are two leagues currently underway – that of the Adult and the Under 14′s both of which are organized by Luis Gongora.

Firstly the Adult – this league is played each and ever Sunday (weather permitting) and commenced two weeks ago. There are 5 teams in this league, namely Lazy Lizard, Team Danger and Team Tsunami, Team Rainbow and Caye Caulker Boyz/ Bahia.  Due to the fact that there are an odd number of teams, each week one of the teams gets a well earned ‘rest’ whilst watching their rivals play.

Thus far the Lazy Lizard team is in the lead.  They have had the advantage of playing 2 games and they have won both games (presumably the players were not drinking Lizard Juice the night before!!!).  Both Team Danger and Team Tsunami have only played one game and therefore they have a slight disadvantage thus far that will be made up further down the line.  And finally Team Rainbow have lost both their games (presumably from enjoying too much of the good food from their sponsors) and Caye Caulker Boyz wining one and losing another game.

This is only the first round and for the first four teams that qualify, the finals will beckon!!

The Under 14′s League is well underway and this Saturday will see the finals of the blue and the orange team (and yes, the teams are named by their color rather than me not remember the team names through bad research!!) – news on that will follow!

Caye Caulker is mosquito-less – or do I speak to soon?

On May 19, 2012 in Caye Caulker, News

Mosquito

For anyone that has spent any amount of time on this island there is definitely a seasonality for our least favorite critters – mosquitos and sandflies!

We find that in the dry season between November to May these lay almost dormant, bothering us little in the populated areas of Caye Caulker.  Typically after the first rain (generally in June) these flies descend on the town as a swarm and the grocery shops almost sell out of coils and vapes to counter these flying demons!!

This week we experienced our first rains (slightly early but not unheard of)!  Rain is a blessing at this time of the year as they washed down the dust from buildings, brighten the green of leaves in the trees, water vats fill up and those with allergies have finally stopped coughing!  This combined with the fact that most of the rainfall happens at night and therefore are days are largely dry and with sunshine, the rain is definitely most welcome!

However what is absent are the flies … where are they?  This week was their call to action and yet there is no apparent action!!  We are not complaining of course and perhaps we have spoken too soon – but could there be a mosquito party going on in Mexico that all of our flying gems are attending and therefore they are not here?  Or, perhaps a more likely explanation – the diligent spraying from some week’s ago brought down the mosquito population in advance of the rain???

If the later explanation is the reason then the Village Council are to be thanked – the management for the foresight in organizing the the obviously strategic battle and for ‘Tiger and crew’ for painstakingly spraying the island both morning (and I mean EARLY morning) and evening!

 

‘Women of Caye Caulker’ Documentary due to start filming!

On May 14, 2012 in Caye Caulker, Culture, News

The ladies of Caye CaulkerBlayd (Wendy's youngest son) and her mother Ms Ilna Auxillou

Wendy Auxillou, one of the four dynamic Auxillou sisters to have been born and raised in Caye Caulker – is returning in July to create a documentary to highlight these amazing women’s stories as they have been instrumental in shaping the Caye Caulker we have today!

The documentary will definitely be fascinating to all of those of us that have even a half interest in this tiny island as these ladies struggles need to be told to preserve our history.  The director is asking for funding for the project and indeed at Raggamuffin have made our pledge, however more money needs to be raised for the film to get underway.

For those who want to make a donation, click here.

According to the funds site ……

INTRODUCTION:

The women of Caye Caulker who were instrumental in shaping the history of this tiny Belizean island of my childhood, when the population totaled less than 400 inhabitants about 40 years ago are now dying off, and their stories have never been told.  These heroic women endured hardships and innumerable challenges in this harsh frontier environment, and persevered.  My own mother is now 80 years old, yet her own story of being the most educated woman on this tiny island village where there was no electricity until the 1990′s has never been told.  She persevered, despite the deep-rooted poverty and lack of educational opportunities, and went on to become the first local principal of the elementary school.  This is her story, and the story of all the other Hicaquena women whose sacrifices have never been recorded … until now.

WHO ARE WE DOCUMENTING?

We will be documenting the lives of 20 women of Caye Caulker Village in Belize, from their earliest history on the island until now.  Many of the women are now in their 80′s.  Their stories are dying off along with them, and a rich history of struggle, entrepreneurship and endurance in the face of adversity is being lost along with them.  This must be preserved.

HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO THIS?

We will be producing a 1.5 to 2.0 hour documentary on the lives of these women from childhood until now — how life has evolved over the passage of time for them, what they think of development on their once laid-back island village, the cultural traditions that have been lost in the process, and what they think of all the changes they have seen in their lifetimes.

This will be a made-for-local-television documentary, plus a 1000 “print” run on DVD and flash drive, for those would like personal copies.  It will also be distributed to local schools as an educational tool, and to the national archives of Belize as a historical archive.

WHEN IS THIS GOING TO BE DONE?

I will be heading to Belize in the next few weeks to begin filming of the documentary.  The final product should be ready by the end of September 2012.

Again, if anybody sees the value in this documentary, please pledge your donation by clicking here.

Happy Mother’s Day!!

On May 10, 2012 in Belize, Caye Caulker, Ragga Crew

Edith and her son Anthony.Adela and Joannie

Whether you are a mother or you have a mother, Mother’s Day is a day to be recognized and celebrate the beauty of mothers and motherhood.   Mothers Day is celebrated on a variety of different dates around the world – today is 10th May and in Central America, this is the official day of celebration (although many will celebrate on Sunday too)!!

Although for many reading this today may not be their countries actual Mothers Day, the sentiments remain the same whatever day of the year and therefore we give thanks to all mothers and indeed grandmothers around the world!

Charlie with her son Malik

No Love like a Mother’s Love

There is no love, like a mother’s love,
no stronger bond on earth…
like the precious bond that comes from God,
to a mother, when she gives birth.

A mother’s love is forever strong,
never changing for all time…
and when her children need her most,
a mother’s love will shine.

God bless these special mothers,
God bless them every one…
for all the tears and heartache,
and for the special work they’ve done.

When her days on earth are over,
a mother’s love lives on…
through many generations,
with God’s blessings on each one.

Be thankful for our mothers,
for they love with a higher love…
from the power God has given,
and the strength from up above.

by Jill Lemming

To all our Raggamuffin Mothers as well as all those mothers of Raggamuffins – we shout out loud and proud – Happy Mothers Day from Caye Caulker!!!

An Islanders tips to best ‘Beat the Heat’!!

On May 09, 2012 in Caye Caulker, News

Coconut WaterJumping into the beautiful blue sea!

The time is fast approaching for the season where locals and tourists alike need to ‘Beat the Heat’!  From mid May the wind drops and the water turns glassy.  The off-shoot of this is that our tropical island looks even more beautiful than ever as the bright sunshine brings blues in the ocean to a dreamy effect and the water is warm and inviting.  However, those wishing to navigate even the smallest of activities on the island will find themselves dripping in sweat and exhausted at the same time.

So here is our top tips for everybody to enjoy the gorgeous weather!

1)  It may seem obvious but any activity undertaken on the water has to be the No 1 choice!!  Scuba diving and snorkeling activities are everybodies top choice to cool down their personal thermostat and at Raggamuffin, we agree!!

2) And this is a favorite too – sitting in the water at the Split with your choice beverage in your hand.  From soda to the crazy green Lazy Lizard Juice the cooling water around the Split, along with the funky music, is definitely an excellent way to beat the heat!  Please note that do no carefully monitor their intake ie too many Lizard Juices, may feel the effects of another kind the following day!!

3) For those that want to see around the island or even for those who have errands to run, the only way to get around the island would be by bike or golf cart.  We do not recommend stealing anybodies vehicles but rental prices are extremely reasonable for both.  With the wind blowing in your hair and the streets being as smooth as they have been recently you will most definitely forget anything about the heat!!

4) For those needing a little more ‘extreme’ in their life there is always the option of renting a ‘jet-ski’!   For those who are on a budget the ski’s are rented by the hour and believe me, even 10 minutes on a jet ski is enough breeze for the entire hour!!!  This means that it is possible to rent the ski as a group and divide the cost and the time evenly – thus allowing for everybody to enjoy this exhilarating way to travel on the water!

5) And for those who feel that they want to push their tired and sunburnt body just a little bit more, there is always paddle boarding.  The flat calm days are best for this sport as it therefore requires much less effort!!  The slower pace of the boards will allow those on board to catch much more of nature than those who rented the jet-ski!! – Plus is is totally environmentally friendly!!

6) Ice cold coconut water .. there is something so very cooling about coconut water and we here have fresh coconut water in abundance here on the island – just ask the ‘Coconut Man’!!

And there you have it … 6 very good reason to come down to Caye Caulker and enjoy this absolutely gorgeous weather!!

 

Massive – the coconut diving dog!

On May 07, 2012 in Caye Caulker, News

Swimming at the SplitMassive with his coconut husk

For anybody that has spent anytime down the famous Split, they are likely to have bumped into it’s infamous canine customer, Massive!!

Massive can be found most days at the Split, many occasions he brings his friends but he will guaranteed to be there, with or without company.  This special character is famous for his desire to swim in the water at the split – whether it is hot or even on the coldest day of the year, Massive still loves to jump into even the fastest moving areas of the split.

His favorite game is to play ‘fetch’ with coconut husks.  On many instances he will drop a coconut husk right next to you and then point himself towards the water.  For those that are unfamiliar of this routine, soon they will get the message and the repetitive game of to and fro becomes a small ‘spectacle’ for any onlooker.

And yes, Massive does have a very loving home and owner – Tom Brown – but from an early age, Tom realized that this extremely charismatic dog required a little more than the family home – the Split – and therefore Massive leaves the house early every day, only to return home for dinner at sunset – It only happens on Caye Caulker!!!!