Don a gown, dance disco, devour BBQ — there’s a San Pedro fundraiser soon to suit you

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sagaThe fund raiser is a way of life when you live on a tropical island that is marked by severe poverty and great wealth, and a government that has limited ability to help its own people.

Here on Ambergris Caye it is a common sight to see locals in the street with money buckets, collecting coins and dollars for fire victims, cancer victims, accident victims. Last year a tour guide whose boat was torn up on the reef as he attempted to rescue some tourists was the beneficiary of a fund raiser to get him back on his feet. It is the island form of insurance, which otherwise does not exist or is out of the reach of ordinary residents.

There are monthly fund raisers for Saga, our version of the Humane Society, as well as fundraisers for the local food bank, athletic teams and individual competitors, AIDS groups, self-improvement groups, and, most certainly, our schools. It is at events like these where Belizeans and expats come together, mingle, share in the fun and camaraderie and make new friendships.  Read the rest of this entry »

Croc up!

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ACES intern cptures his croc during a training exercise today in our neighborhood.
ACES intern Amaury Mellier captures his croc during a training exercise today in our neighborhood.

In the heat of the mid-day sun, the intern stood thigh-high in the murky pond,  silent and still, alertly scanning for the telltale break that would indicate his prey was surfacing.

Alert is good because, when you are hunting crocodiles, it is important that they remain the prey, not you. Read the rest of this entry »