We have always heard a variant of the phrase “You never know what another person may be going through simply by looking at them.”
Because some people are able to conceal their troubles better than others, it may not be immediately apparent that they are walking around with what for others may seem like “the weight of the world on their shoulders.” All we outsiders may see is someone who is making ends meet despite many hurdles; someone who goes about it all while keeping their head up high.
They are exemplary human beings who, notwithstanding everything, choose to follow an honest path and teach the same to their dependents.
In an effort to recognize and show appreciation for two such people, KREM Radio this year launched the “We Believe Campaign” awarding them with BZ $300 each for the Christmas Season.
Coordinator, KREMANDALA’s Yaya Marin Coleman says that several people mailed suggestions of awardees who they believe needed the assistance to celebrate the holidays. Some of the writers were family members, neighbors and friends who according to Yaya “observed the people having a challenging time and noted that the people themselves have given to their families and communities and now they themselves are in need of help.”
The recipients of the “We Believe Campaign” include a cancer patient who is a single mother of four who also adopted a baby boy from birth. She lives in Belize City and she was suggested by her eldest daughter who could not hold back her tears as she was writing the letter. She noted “my mom survived cancer and can’t work anymore. She suffers from a tiredness but she fights everyday to keep her home clean… Although we didn’t have a father, she worked and we all finished school….My mom is ill but still takes care of her two grandkids and she adopted a baby boy from he was born. The next day she brought him home. He’s her joy but she told me she’s sad because he has not gotten a gift yet. She’s more than a mother; she’s like twice a lady, an angel, a counselor.”
The second awardee is a widow from Crooked Tree Village who has in her care three orphaned grandchildren and who due to unexpected circumstances, lost the assistance of her primary helper, one of her grandsons who was bitten by a crocodile.
Yaya says she would like to see initiatives like these “people helping people” take place year-round whether it’s in the form of financial assistance or otherwise.
KREM hopes that the “We Believe Campaign” can be held annually with the support of sponsors.