Guam - March is Chamorro Month and all around the island residents are displaying their pride and island spirit in celebration of the Chamorro culture. Sanctuary staff, AmeriCorps, and clients gathered at the groups healing hearts ranch in Mai Mai to partake in Sanctuary's mini fiesta.

The celebration featured local dishes prepared and donated by the staff as well as a display of local fruits and vegetables grown and tended to by Sanctuary staff and clients. The ranch was founded in 1995 and since then the hard work and love by the clients and Sanctuary staff has nurtured the growth of many local fruit trees and vegetables.

The festivities kicked off at 10:30 this morning with Chamorro inspired games and activities such as the coconut over and under race. Sanctuary executive director Millie Lujan said the celebration was not only meant to celebrate the Chamorro culture and history but also to boost the morale of the staff. Like other federally funded agencies and non-profit organization on island they have also been effected by sequestration and have seen a cut in their funding.