CFCA began working with the Garifuna community in Guatemala about 20 years ago. The Garifuna have both African and Caribbean ancestry and have faced racial discrimination as well as other obstacles created by poverty.
(Read more about CFCA’s work with the Garifuna community here.)
Jamaire, a Garifuna child sponsored through CFCA, loves to play the drums as part of his cultural heritage. Our CFCA communications liaison in Guatemala, Luis Cocon, stopped by recently to interview Jamaire and his family.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I grow up I want to be a bookkeeper. I want to work hard and then come back to help my family. I will never forget or abandon my family.
What family traditions do you have that are unique to your culture?
The drums are special to us. They provide happiness and are part of any Garifuna ceremony.
We honor and remember our ancestors with drum music, food and family sharing.
If you could give a message to your sponsor, what would it be and why?
I would thank my sponsor for providing food for my family.
Interview with Jamaire’s mother, Maybelin
My name is Maybelin and I am Garifuna. On weekends I enjoy teaching children to read and write in the Garifuna language. I teach them in my home.
I do this because I want to preserve our traditions and our culture. It is sad to see these new generations lose our culture.
How did you hear about CFCA and sponsorship? Read her answer