Maria Luisa Carter–better known in the community as Lulu Carter–is one of those people who is out to make a difference in the world. And in Lulu’s case, she already has. She is the Commercial Director and Co-Founder of Destination Partners, a unique education-focused travel management company, and also the Director and Founder of Bee Gaia, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting global citizenship through programs of art, education, travel and well being.
Lulu has been featured in the Naples Daily News, Florida Weekly, eBella Magazine, Natural Awakenings Magazine, and Neapolitan Family Magazine.
Known as the ”Queen Mother of Torgorme Village” in Ghana Africa, Lulu is an experienced Speech Therapist, Artist and Certified Psychodramatist from Brazil, having received a B.A Degree in Art, Faculdade da Cidade, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has a Certificate in Psychodrama from the Association of Rio de Janeiro – FEBRAP, studied Speech Therapy at Veiga De Almeida University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and received her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven.
The International Projects of Bee Gaia
You may be well aware of the good Lulu’s organization Bee Gaia is doing right here in Naples through its programs at House of Gaia. But what you may not know is that Bee Gaia has adopted four international projects: an orphanage in Haiti, a school for the developmentally-challenged in Bhutan, and two villages, one in the Brazilian Amazon and one in Ghana.
In Brazil, Bee Gaia’s project is with the Acajatuba Village in the Brazilian Amazon, which operates a micro-enterprise project for sustainable Eco-tourism in partnership with Destination Partners.
It’s because of people like Lulu that the world could become–perhaps is becoming–a better place. People look at the world and only see the bad in it. But when you see how much good just one person can accomplish in the course of their lifetime, you begin to see the possibilities. Suppose all of us were more like Lulu? Suppose each one of us adopted just one village somewhere, and did what we could to make a difference? And before you say, “I wouldn’t know where to begin,” let me suggest that you could always simply support someone like Lulu financially. Even something as small as $10 a month. Make a difference that way, even if you don’t go out there and do the work yourself. Each of us working together, just one village at a time.
See the possibilities now?
House of Gaia
House of Gaia is located here in Naples and serves the community with programs for both children and adults. For children there are programs in art, drama, music, leadership, Spanish, and yoga. There are yoga classes for adults and teens, and family drumming classes. House of Gaia also holds regular community events, such as meditation with live music.
House of Gaia is a colorful, interesting place, but Lulu and her staff are also well aware of the sensory limits of children and know when to dim the lights to help focus their attention on a specific project or prevent over-stimulation.
Lulu keeps very busy. She travels all over the world as Director of Destination Partners and also supervises the international projects Bee Gaia supports. Naples Noteworthy was honored recently to be able to ask this humanitarian superstar a few questions for this issue of the magazine.
We understand you’re from Brazil. How did you come to be in America, and then Naples? My husband is from New York I met him in Brazil and we married. After two years of marriage I moved to NY, but found my “home” in Naples. I need to be in a warm place. I also felt connected to the nature and people’s hearts! It was a heart connection!
Why do you have such a passion for children? I have passion for all ages, all God’s creation, but I think I can impact children more and teach values, the values needed so we can live life in peace, equality and justice.
You seem to have a special interest in children who have challenges. Can you say something about this? I love all children, however we need to have more services for special needs children; they need to have an equal life opportunity to grow and be integrated with the world and others.
If you had to describe your philosophy of life, what would it be? Love one another. Learn how to forgive. Be creative. Don’t waste time stressing over things you can’t change. Focus on things you can change. Love is free. Love heals. Love is real! We can be the change we want to see in the world!
What are your personal hobbies and pastimes? I live to serve, I love multimedia art, and all of my time I spend with people I love–my family, friends and the global community.
Would you like to share your family information – spouse, children, pets? I’ve been married 21 years with my soul mate Adam Carter and we are partners in my travel business. I have my son Mateus, and my parents Lis and Roberto Bruce support me 100% on my mission on earth, which is to be an instrument of God’s love and peace on earth.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? I have no idea. The future belongs to God, and I will be serving him.
What are you hoping to achieve through the work you do? To bring joy, awareness, and meaningful connectivity among good people.
How do you keep such a positive attitude? I have faith, I surrender to God’s power, I am grateful, I believe in angels.
What made you get involved in so many humanitarian projects in the world? I was very blessed to be born in a philanthropic family and to be raised with good values.
What role does God play in your life–what is your view of God? I think I am guided by this infinite and abundant love that comes from God. God is love, is the creator and it is the truth!
Tell us about what’s going on at House of Gaia and anything else that’s coming up for you. So much is happening. I am very globally connected to many universities, so I have the opportunity to travel all around the world. Due to my travel business www.destinationpartners.net, I try to bring the world together by promoting education programs. I was invited to represent Brazil as an Interport lecturer for Virginia University with the program Semester at Sea. I will be sailing from Dakar, Senegal, to Bahia, Brazil.
I will be hosting an event in House of Gaia on Sunday October 18th, called Mama Africa. Workshop starts at 3:00 pm and goes to 6.00 pm. African dance and drums, followed by a potluck party. This event is a fundraiser for our nonprofit House of Gaia. I think it could be a great way to gather prior my travels!!!! Sending love and BEE GAIA – House of Gaia Non Profit – Global Community!!!
Support Lulu and Bee Gaia
Donations are welcome. Visit House of Gaia here for information on how to support Lulu Carter and these projects.