Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2021. 10:05 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Every month, the United States Embassy in Belize highlights outstanding Belizeans.
For the month of May, the cultural spotlight is on Marsha Mejia.
Marsha has been learning from the elders within her community from a young age. Wanting to do more for her community, Marsha decided to join the National Garifuna Council (NGC) in 2013.
Marsha began working at the NGC as a treasurer and was promoted to president of the Dangriga branch in January of 2020.
The objective of the NGC is to ensure the survival of Garifuna culture, defend Garifuna rights, important sites, and land.
As president, Marsha strives to highlight different aspects of Garifuna culture such as dance, food, music, events, and education.
She also reaches out to the youth within the community in order to teach them about their heritage as well as spreading awareness to anyone else interested in learning.
The NGC teaches and spreads awareness by holding workshops, summer programs, Garifuna language classes, shows and inviting presenters to share new information.
Marsha has also been teaching at the only Garifuna school in Belize, Gulisi Community Primary School, since 2010.
While full operation of the NGC has been restricted because of COVID, Marsha hopes to create different committees in the near future to better address different aspects of Garifuna culture and looks forward to continuing support of her community.
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