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In July of this year, the Corozal House of Culture kicked off its summer art wave program and so far it has been a raging success for the most northern community. Coordinator, Deborah Wilkes told us today that with the support of the business community, the program seeks to maintain Corozal’s culture alive.

Screen_Shot_2015-08-03_at_8.06.08_PMDeborah Wilkes

“We are nearing the end of our Summer Art Wave 2015 program here at the house of culture so we are so thrilled it really takes a community to pull these activities off and we’ve reached out to our community and we had some wonderful sponsors this year including Atlantic Bank and we also have Bowen and Bowen and we also have CCC and we have JICA and they were the ones who initiated the summer program and we are part of the environmental art program, they are an organization that have volunteers throughout the country and so this summer they all came together to Corozal to do their Summer Camp they call it.”

And since it takes a community effort to get things done, Marcos Williams, a representative for Atlantic Bank Corozal Branch, encourages other businesses to take up the cause.

Marcos Williams Atlantic Bank Limited Corozal

“We try to assist our community with what we can and in this occasion we assisted with providing a small donation to the efforts of Ms. Debbie so that she could have the children over the summer vacation doing something constructively in our small town and I wish there is always much more involvement from the community and also from the businesses to assist her in her endeavor here to promote our smart community.”

As for Yassin Shoman, who is the Sales General Manager for Bowen and Bowen Corozal, she says that whatever educational project the House of Culture embarks upon they will support it.

Yassin Showman sales General Manager Bowen and Bowen and Bowen Corozal.

“Well I see it very beneficial and we have to be very cognizant of what was before in order for us to know where we are going, too many of our children are unfamiliar with our culture, too many of us don’t know what it used to be in the past and the work of the House of Culture does whatever learning program they get involved in I think it is very good for the young kids to know and to work on and we will support it.”

Representative for Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Yosuke Masuda said that every year Japan sends volunteers to Belize and this year they came to Corozal with the hope to be a part of the culture’s development.


Yosuke Masuda

“This year we try to show some art program in here at Corozal and we want to be a part of the development of this country so we JICA tries to send volunteer to every district and we are going to be mixed with the community.”

Karel Heredia - Reporter

“Now that we are near the end of this program, how do you see it was it more that you expected?”

Yosuke Masuda

“It was more than expected at first I heard that there were only twelve people applying in this program but at the first day there were more than thirty people so I never expected those numbers and I saw a lot of children enjoying the program.”

Karel Heredia - Reporter

“What do you want to tell the Belizean community?”

Yosuke Masuda

“I only know the Corozal Belizean and I think it is different from the other districts but here it is tranquil and nobody pushes me and I love the people and its atmosphere and everybody is so kind.”

The summer Art wave program ends on Friday, August 7th.

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