Helping Honduras …


A bird in the hand
June 19, 2012, 12:38 am
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More about the bird subject later.

Class today was fun. My usual teacher, Julia, was at the Kinder where she teaches, so my teacher today was Kathy, the owner of Ixbalanque. We began conversing about all sorts of things, including welfare in the US. Kathy knows of a Honduran woman who was in the US (legally) who gave birth in Houston. When she did not give the name of the father for the birth certificate, a social worker offered her all kinds of welfare assistance, which the young woman refused, explaining that she had income and did not need help. They continued offer all kinds of assistance.

The conversation took us to subjects such as family planning, education, and government. During our break, I got out my iPad to show her my little Honduras blog. Seeing the construction projects inspired Kathy to tell me about a project of the Rotary Club in Copan. There is a little factory where small stoves are made. The stove are made of cement and pumice. The design of the stoves allows almost smokeless cooking. They also require less wood than most methods of cooking. Next thing we knew, we were headed to the factory–field trip! The jefe explained the process. Fascinating. The stoves cost about $60. The factory can produce about 12 per week. Rotary Club members from the US join their Honduran counterparts to take stoves to poor people in the extended area. Awesome.

The rest of class consisted of my showing how few “common expressions” I know. So now I have to use at least ten of them in sentences for my homework.

But the best part of the day was the afternoon. After a lunch of chicken stew, rice, and avocado and hard boiled eggs mixed together –with my family–I went to a sewing school with mis amigas. The school teaches young women to sew so that they can help support their families. The women make mostly aprons and purses, but also adorable traditional outfits for small children. The compound includes medical and dental clinics and educational facilities for children.

Afterwards, four of us took moto-taxis to Macaw Mountain, a bird park. It started raining just as we arrived, so we had a true rain forest experience. The birds, flowers and other plants were beautiful. Near the end of the tour, we got to the place where there are usually birds flying free. Because it was raining, all of the birds were in their cages/houses. Two men who work in the park came out with three birds, and we all–yours truly included–posed for photos with the birds perched on us. I was the first, with a green guacamaya on my shoulder, a red guacamaya on my left hand, and a blue and yellow guacamaya on my right hand. Valerie has photos to prove it!

The moto-taxi ride back into town was a bit scary. Wet streets and mud.

The day is ending with a delicious chicken curry at Twisted Tanya’s.

Bless you all.

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