Be the Change you want to see in the world!

One of the things COLCHA understands well is that you can’t protect local culture, art and heritage if we don’t protect our environment for future generations.  One such way of accomplishing this is to reduce our impact on the environment through a reduction in the use of plastics and Styrofoam especially in our daily lives. 

Earlier this year on the 20th March 2018 the Government of Belize via cabinet decision past a policy to reduce plastic and Styrofoam pollution through the phasing out of single-use plastic shopping bags, Styrofoam and plastic food utensils by April 22nd 2019.

The use of these items is generally limited to a few minutes but their presence in the environment can last for decades.  These then find themselves into landfills, along our highways, waterways, coastlines and into the sea.  Recently Belize has been experiencing an increase in the occurrences of floating debris washing up on our shores much of which consist of plastic and Styrofoam.  These not only pollute along the coast but also cause harm to wildlife and fish.

This year COLCHA is teaming up with Oceana Belize to create COROZAL 1st ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE CONCERT.  Through this collaboration both organizations seeks to create an opportunity to work with and sensitize vendors on the use of single use plastics and Styrofoam containers and the effects on the environment and how we can be more responsible caretakers of the environment. 

During COLCHA & Ocean Belize’s initial meeting with the vendors everyone was excited about the idea and many were aware of the damage and pollution that plastics and Styrofoam have on the environment.  The vendors were also happy to hear that for this year’s Corozal Christmas Bram all vendors will be provided with biodegradable substitute containers and plastic bags. 

It is believed that once we create opportunities where food vendors are sensitized about the damage plastic and Styrofoam has on the environment, the transition away from single use containers will be a more welcoming one and provide for a paradigm shift in the way our community takes on stewardship of the environment.

It is our hope that Belizeans countrywide both vendors and consumers alike will transition away from single use plastic and show the world that change is possible and it begins with all us!

Contact:

Bernard Codd  / Secretary General   
Cel # 501-674-4546 Web:  colcha.org 
Email: Colcha.Belize@gmail.com
Address:  #99 5th Avenue, Corozal Town, Corozal, Belize

Corozal Christmas Bram 2018

Put together with lots of love this event builds on the tradition of celebrating and “bramming” throughout communities in Belize but especially those of the Kriol(Creole) villages.  

In the past revelers would traverse the streets during Christmas going from house to house singing and dancing in the street.  One of the other interesting aspects of the celebration was the pulsating rhythms of traditional Brokdong music.  Instruments would include the jawbone of an ass(donkey), fork and grater, the Gombay drum, mouth organ and the accordion to name a few.  Synonymous with Brokdong music is the call and response songs narrating stories of the past in oftentimes in a fun and satirical fashion.

Corozal Cultural Christ Bram looks at promoting the Kriol culture alongside many of the other cultures in Corozal to create an evening of fun and entertainment.  The event promises presentations from groups representing the Kriols, Garifuna, Mestizo, East Indian,and Mayas. 

Another aspect of the evening will be sharing of traditional stories which were characteristics of the season.  These stories carried with them specials messages which safeguarded the transition and transmission from one generation to the next.  

Last but not least is the Taste of Corozal Competition which looks at promoting the safeguard of our culinary traditions to include the famous Belizean Black Cake, Rompopo and Patitas Ceviche!  

The event is set to take place on the Sunday before Christmas December 23rd at 5:00pm.  It promises to be a fun family event for everyone rich in Belizean culture and traditions.

If you would like to participate in the tasting competition or have any questions please feel free to contact us at Colcha.Belize@gmail.com