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Aug 8, 2022

Santa Elena Jaguars Scouts Gives Back to Rural Community in Toledo

With the help of sponsors from the U.S. and here in Belize, the Santa Elena Jaguars Scouts 27 provided footwear and grocery items to over three hundred families in Blue Creek Village, Toledo District over the weekend. The community is located twenty-four miles outside of Punta Gorda Town. Not only were members of the Santa Elena Jaguars Scouts 27 able to give back, they were also taught how to prepare a traditional Maya dish in the kitchen. News Five’s Paul Lopez has the story.

 

Paul Lopez, Reporting

The Santa Elena Jaguar Scouts 27 travelled across three districts over the weekend to give back to residents in Blue Creek Village, in the Toledo District. Scout Leader Aidian Flowers spearheaded the trip.

 

Aidian Flowers

Aidian Flowers, Scout Leaders, Santa Elena Jaguar Scouts 27

“We came all the way from Cayo. So, every year we have some shoes that is donated from the U.S. We have our friends in Wisconsin. They collect the shoes; make sure it clean and everything and we distribute it.”

 

Over three hundred pairs of footwear were given away to residents on Saturday. Villagers formed a long line as they each awaited their turn to select a shoe size to fit. Roman Sho, the First Alcalde of Blue Creek Village was present.

 

Roman Sho

Roman Sho, 1stAlcalde, Blue Creek Village

“Everything went well and you guys are a big big help to our community. Even our community, you guys make them happy. Even the little children, feel happy because of the shoes they receive. So, on behalf of the Alcalde and the Village Council, we would just like to say thank you to everybody.”

 

For lunch that day, members of the scout group were treated to a hot bowl of CaldoCax (cash), a traditional Mayan chicken soup. During the preparation process, these good Samaritans received a lesson on how to prepare corn tortillas and chocolate tea the traditional Maya way.

 

Rebecca Paredes

Rebecca Paredes, Member, Santa Elena Jaguar Scouts 27

“It was really opening to see where people grew up. It was nice to come and see how people traditionally live in Mayan households. You don’t really get to experience much of that. It is really amazing. I love warm the people came and welcomed us.”

 

When it was time for the team to head back to base, a bridge within the community that they had crossed earlier in the day was flooded due to torrential rains.

 

Joshua Seguro

Joshua Seguro, Member, Santa Elena Jaguar Scouts 27

“Our original path flooded over and we had to come over in kayaks and that took so long and it was so cool, because the current was coming and it was pushing us down the river and it was so cool. We don’t really get to experience that in Santa Elena.”

 

On day two, over eighty boxes of groceries were distributed to villagers. The two days of activities in the village was the brain child of scout member UtzilSho. Born and raised in Blue Creek Village, Shonow lives in the Cayo District with his parents.

 

Utzil Sho

Utzil Sho, Member, Santa Elena Jaguar Scouts 27

“I am glad I came back, because it feels nice to give back to the community I grew up in.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Paul Lopez.

 


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