This weekend the Community Days of Healing initiative returns with an activity on Victoria Street, one of the many places in Belize City which has seen unprecedented human warfare. We spoke to organizer Perry “Sticks” Smith on Friday.
Perry Smith – Organizer, Days of Healing
[Paraphrased] “This will be the 18th Community Day Of Healing.
Me and Marsha Argalles, the mother of Joshua Abraham, we sit down months ago and say that we want to bring an initiative to the community.
If you don’t know, every single thing with Days Of Healing is absolutely free, refreshments, food, [but] no alcoholic beverage.
We have entertainment for the people, Belizean artists [such] as TR Shine, Blackberry, Positive Vibes, Barbie. We have Miss Glenda Fuller from Los Angeles with the Miss America Belize Pageant ladies.
We’ll have yoga for the youths, face painting, a lot of activities and initiatives for the youths.
Co-coordinating the event with Perry Smith is Marcia Argalles, who tragically lost her son, 9 year old Joshua Abraham, to gun violence on Independence Day of 2011. Since then she says she has been working in her community to bring peace and thus enthusiastically supports this initiative.
“I lost my child three years ago, gun violence to the first September 2011, Joshua Abraham. From since then I’ve been working with the youths, with the kids in this neigbourhood.
When Perry came to me and told me that he wanted to join and do it on Victoria Street, I was very happy and ready to work with him, because I think our community needs some love, needs some neighbourhood love. As everybody knows, there’s a lot of killing and it’s coming on our side, Northside.
I think that it’s time that somebody needs to do something. I applaud Perry for the work he’s been doing. It’s nothing easy, working with him for the first time and I see what he’s going through. It’s nothing easy. You have to have a lot of patience, but at the end of the day it’s for a good cause.
I pray that the whole community comes out, and no negativity, none, absolutely none.”
The event starts at 9:00 a.m. on Victoria Street, Belize City, which will be cordoned off.