It’s my first day in Belize. Well actually I arrived yesterday but I slept most of the daylight hours away to catch up from having slept about 12 hours in the four previous days prior to leaving the Bay Area.
I either need to travel more so it’s not so challenging to get out of town or I have to hire someone and train them to take over for me. Maybe I should do both!
What an amazing time it is for me. Ten years ago I was inspired to start a school for Kids at Risk living in the states.
Then two years ago my brother Tony passed away after ten years of battling cancer and A.I.D.S. My parents had adopted him when he was five. The stories he told me of growing up a foster child would give you nightmares, as it did for me.
When Tony passed over I knew it was time to step up to the plate. If I could help a few boys each year by giving the the skills and confidence to gain control of their lives then it would make his life more worthwhile. It would make the abuses he unnecessarily suffered have a true purpose.
In April 2008 I was told by a psychic the school would be in Belize, not Antigua in the Caribbean as I had planned. It didn’t actually matter where as long it was out of the U.S. I need to make some drastic changes in the education system for these kids and it would be too difficult in the U.S.
The plan is to take 300 boys from tenth through twelfth grade and have the Lion’s Club’s Little Leo’s at risk program find the boys and prepare them for leaving the country.
We have 15 million, yes million, children not graduating from high school every year in the U.S. Half of those children will not live to see their 35th birthdays.
This is inexcusable for a country with as many resources as we have and besides all that we give away to other countries.
So now, after ten years of planning, dreaming, promoting, engaging others and talking the dream, here I am.
The first necessary step to take the dream to fruition as been taken.
I am so excited and know without a doubt the idea now has a life of its own.