LIFE ministry celebrates Christmas

LIFE ministry celebrates Christmas

LIFE (Living Independently in Full Existence) had its annual Christmas party for seniors in Belize. Unfortunately, because of Covid, people could not gather so they had to take the party to them. 100 Hampers were packed with flour, rice, beans, cornflakes, Maggie...
Belize City food drive

Belize City food drive

The Belize City house held another successful food delivery to the homeless downtown. This has become an annual event as every month food and drink is cooked, packed and delivered to those needing a warm meal in the downtown Belize City area. This time the meal...
Independence Day in Belize

Independence Day in Belize

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, Belize celebrates its 40th anniversary of Independence. In a write-up on belizing.com, the history of Independence Day is shared. “Belize was a British Crown Colony since 1862. On Sept. 21, 1981, Belize was declared an independent...
Belize Foundation Day!

Belize Foundation Day!

Today, September 1, marks 46 years that the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have been in ministry in Belize. When Mike Oliver, SJ, realized he needed the help of more Sisters, Jim Short, SJ contacted SCN Superior General, Barbara Thomas. As a result, 46 years ago, in...
Associates helping to meet needs in Belize

Associates helping to meet needs in Belize

Belize City SCNAs collaborate to serve those living in poverty due to COVID-19. As the Country of Belize battles the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Associates (SCNAs) with its available resources try to find effective and efficient ways to give...
SCNAs come together in Belize

SCNAs come together in Belize

After a year off, the SCNAs in Dangriga finally came out to be together. Sister Carlette travelled down to Dangriga this weekend to meet with the SCNAs. Excitement was in the air as this was the first time the group gathered after a year of Covid lockdown. The group...
In Belize Sisters feed homeless during pandemic

In Belize Sisters feed homeless during pandemic

As the economy continues to worsen for the people of Belize during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sisters missioned in Belize City have sprung into action. The suffering for the homeless population there has worsened due to their donation-seeking not being as fruitful. The...
Mother’s Day at LIFE

Mother’s Day at LIFE

LIFE’s seniors receive sweet treats! “To the world, you are a mother, but to your family, you are the world!” Happy Mother’s Day to all LIFE’s mothers. A sweet treat was prepared for the mothers in LIFE’s program. 68 seniors in...
LIFE serves seniors in Belize

LIFE serves seniors in Belize

Usually, around the Easter season, LIFE Belize plans an outing for the seniors they serve. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, they were not able to do the annual trip. However, that did not stop them. Sister Carlette led the initiative to take the party to them! Fried...
Easter gift in Belize

Easter gift in Belize

In Belize City, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, along with Miriam Juarez, prepared baskets for less fortunate children who may have gone without an Easter gift this year. Together, baskets were packed with candy, jelly beans, cookies, chips, and toys.
Sisters in Belize vaccinated

Sisters in Belize vaccinated

Sisters in Belize say they are happy to share that they were able to get the first dosage of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The second shot will be administered in the next two months. Sister Higinia Bol, not pictured, received her first vaccination also.
Ageism

Ageism

“I condemn ageism in all its forms and call for measures to address this violation of human rights as we strive to improve societies for people of all ages. This demands changing the way older people are portrayed and perceived, from being seen as a burden to...
Meeting Our Basic Needs

Meeting Our Basic Needs

“We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the...
Colorism

Colorism

“We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family.” (Laudato Si, #52) Colorism, discussed briefly in Sr. Carlette’s story, is a trend similar to racism in that the color of one’s skin defines their lived experience. However, colorism usually...
Economic Inequality

Economic Inequality

“Whether believers or not, we are agreed today that the earth is essentially a shared inheritance, whose fruits are meant to benefit everyone.” (Laudato Si, #93) Intergenerational poverty is driven by societal systems that perpetuate inequalities between those with...
Colonization

Colonization

“The mountains shall yield peace for the people, and the hills justice.” (Psalm 72:3) The glimpse that Sister Carlette provides into the colonization of Belize opens our eyes and minds to the lasting impacts of colonization everywhere. Countries that have taken...
Environmental justice in Belize from Sister Carlette Gentle

Environmental justice in Belize from Sister Carlette Gentle

Having grown up in the Southside of Belize City, a constituency of largely lower- to middle-income Creole and Hispanic residents, Sr. Carlette lived through systemic colorism. It is a reality here – as in many cities – that your neighborhood determines your life...
A very special 40th birthday present

A very special 40th birthday present

On Jan. 15, Sister Carlette Gentle celebrated her 40th birthday but not with the usual cake and celebration. The constant rains in Belize had washed away the paint and made the house look worn and covered with mildew. The SCN Center in Belize City needed a...
Taking Christmas to seniors

Taking Christmas to seniors

In Belize Living Independently in Full Existence (LIFE) aims to improve the quality of life of seniors living in the Southside of Belize City. On this day, LIFE would have had its annual Christmas party, but because of COVID-19, they could not gather. Instead, Sister...