Corrine Brown


Central America 2014 Pilgrimage by Corrine Brown

Central America extends from northern Guatemala through central Panama and is bordered by Mexico to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the east, the North Pacific Ocean to the west, and Colombia to the south-east. Central America is the central geographic region of the Americas and consists of seven countries:

1. Belize
2. Costa Rica
3. El Salvador
4. Guatemala
5. Honduras
6. Nicaragua
7. Panama

We visited Cuba, a small part of Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. These countries are still very much third world or as a greenie would say it is eco-friendly (toilet paper folded and placed in bin - not flushed).

Cubans are very reserved and fearful - stuck in the past where time has stood still. Growth, if at all, is extremely slow. Decrepit buildings everywhere housing families are a common and depressing sight. Life so rigidly controlled by the communist government, it's stifling.

Central America is geologically alive with active volcanoes, earthquakes, colourful wild life, waterfalls and an interesting Mayan history & culture where Spanish is mainly spoken apart from Belize where English is the main language. The Mayan Indians and their rituals are fascinating and intriguing. Such amazing, intelligent minds with interesting stories of their temple ruins.

We came with an entire luggage (30kgs) full of offerings - lipsticks, lip gloss, nail polishes, mascaras, teddy bears, koala and kangaroo key rings, shoes, T-shirts, blouses, skirts, pants, shorts, hats, scarves, brooches, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pens and pencils.

The beneficiaries were of all ages from babies, toddlers, children, teenagers and adults, of both sexes. Money donations were offered only at churches. When the opportunity presented, we converted money into food for the homeless.

The immense gratitude and "surprise" on their faces is just beyond words and emotions. This sharing of care and offering of unconditional love is extremely rewarding. They were so appreciative of the little they received yet it was huge for us to be able to witness the gift of gratitude on their faces and through their body expressions.

We felt so privileged to be able to extend a little of ourselves and what we were able to give and share. The tiniest thing goes such a long way - the honest joy of receiving a little teddy, the pleasant surprise of having a pre-loved blouse, the sheer happiness of owning a pen…… we witnessed all these beautiful moments.

No matter which country we were in, we observed that every soul connection we had was special. The universal language of love is communicated through the same means - the exchange of smiles - from the eyes, the lips, the face and the entire being.

We needed no knowledge of any spoken cultural language! Love overcomes all hurdles and barriers. Love makes the heart sing and for the moment, it makes everything easy and all else just melts away. Love brings happiness and trust. It softens the hard. It softens the pain.

Mysteriously once again we had a spiritual cleansing through the "bodies" after this mission.

A percentage of the training income goes towards this universal cause, hence every IHT trainee is part of this greater good. Thank you for your contribution indirectly.

Please enjoy the photographs……. they show joy…… they bring joy…… still vivid joy……

Creating amazing days with amazing moments

Special thanks to Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Volunteer Department for some of the above donations.

View photos of the Central America 2014 trip

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