This was my third time in 9 months visiting the remote villages of Remolino and La Coroza in Honduras. Obviously they have touched my heart in so many ways, that I can't get enough and keep going back for more! I mean... look at these sweet faces.
What was different about this trip was that the team that I go with, Humanity and Hope, is starting to help a new village from ground up, so we got to meet and start building relationships with the wonderful people in the village of La Cuchilla.
They have no clean water, no electricity, many of them don't have a real roof over their head, no jobs, and no education. Yet they still smile, and still welcome us with open arms.
Visiting La Cuchilla was all around eye-opening, heart-breaking, and inspiring at the same time. The whole village only has this one tiny well that the woman manually pull water up from, which is not even filtered or truly clean drinking water. Imagine what a safe and clean water tower would do for them? Also, what really struck was me that this one young man, who has started working in the first job project in the fields, was so passionate and excited about having a job and helping his tiny village. It was pouring down rain when we arrived, he was out working in the field, and he was shocked that we showed up to visit, with the heavy rain fall. He was out there working so hard in it, and he couldn't believe we showed up in a bus, with umbrellas and amenities, to visit him!
His words to us were of so much gratitude and grace, and he introduced us to the rest of the men working, and then prayed over all of us. It was one of my favorite moments of this trip.
Welcome to La Cuchilla:
In Remolino, we re-visited the projects and the H&H board members on our trip had their annual meeting with the leaders in the village to see how things are going and prioritize future needs. One of my favorite moments in Remolino was seeing Owen. I met Owen in February, but learned that a few months prior- a fellow H&H friend, Kahlila (an occupational therapist), had met Owen and assessed his situation. He was born with a disability that didn't allow him to develop fine motor skills; he was unable to even hold his head up or crawl at 6 months old. Living in a remote village, and being the youngest of 7 or 8 children, him nor his mom had access or opportunity to the necessary tools that could help him develop properly, despite his condition. When I first met him in February, other members of my group who had met him prior were brought to tears at the site of him walking with his mom helping him. A true miracle. Kahlila had spent many hours drawing out a plan of exercises for his mom to do with him back in December 2016... and what do you know, less than a year later - I got to meet the infamous Kahlila, I witnessed a miracle once again, and little Owen is walking on his own. He is the shyest, but sweetest little boy. He is my absolute favorite to capture, his smile is infectious, and he truly is a miracle. Here is a photo of him from back in February and a few photos from him this November trip:
We began our day in Remolino by praying over one of the men in the village who is really ill. We then checked out some of the projects, and the boys got their regular haircuts from Ronnie, also a fan favorite - he's so full of life and always smiling. And he really loves giving those "fresh fades." We also taught some of the women in the village how to make a bracelet, that you can read the story behind and purchase here.
We also all wore our Gen-Us shirts all day, which you can purchase here. Both of these are part of the "Purchase with Purpose" campaign going on right now, and I encourage you all to make a simple purchase - where all of the proceeds go into helping the people you see pictured in this blog post.
Isn't there an evident visual difference between La Cuchilla, the village we are starting out in, and this village of La Coroza? However, the one thing that is the same between the two villages currently is the smiles on their faces and hope in their eyes. The connection between these two villages is pretty neat too, because Emerita, the female leader of this village - is the one that connected us (Humanity and Hope) to the other village in need, La Cuchilla. True example of this radical change having a domino effect... we are helping and changing the lives of those who have the hearts to go out and want to do the same. It's a pretty exciting time for La Coroza, as they are about to get electricity in their village, too! That is what all of the wood piles are that the children are playing on in these photos. So exciting! And so awesome to witness the process.
I'll leave you with this: If these photos alone don't inspire you to want to be a part of this story, talk to me. I can only fit so much into a blog post, so I'd love to share more with you in person! Come on a trip with us, donate, purchase with a purpose for gifts this Christmas.
Be generous, live a generous lifestyle, and help make the world just a little brighter :)