Whenever I think about Honduras I remember all the beautiful scenery and unforgiving weather. I remember all the delicious food and reality of nutritional insecurity all over the country. Most of all, I remember the familiar faces.
Honduras has become so much a part of our
lives that many of us always boast about Honduras being our home and
having family there. In my case, and in the case of many other AHMENers,
however, we actually have grandchildren, children, and siblings in
Honduras. My sister's name is Ana.
At first, second, and third
glance you might notice that it is difficult to see why I would consider
Ana my sister. Ana and I have known each other for several years but
really don't know much about each other. She is just a few years
younger than me, but we don't speak the same language or look alike. We
come from completely different walks of life. We have chosen very
different occupations. You know what, though? The same two folks have
made sure we were fed, clothed, and supported 100% in our educational
careers. We are loved as children, kept safe, and sustained by the same
couple. That is what makes Ana and I brother and sister, hermanito y
hermanita. That is what makes us family.
I was blessed on this team to be able to spend a little time with Ana this week while AHMEN'sRío de Agua Viva team was working with the jewelry ladies of Los Laureles. The last several times I have been in Honduras Ana has been busy with nursing school and internships. We just happened to luck out this time! We worked on interviews together and helped facilitate the afternoon "Cultivando Información" fieldtrip. She even made a special two-layer strawberry and coconut cake with caramel icing for the team....sooo good!
In the coming years I
hope to work on building stronger ties to my Hermana Catracha and all of the rest
of the young women of Shalom. (I hope to bond more with my Gringa
sisters too!) I hope to create a better dialogue with Shalom on
Facebook. I hope to work on my Spanish and help them with their
English. I hope to do a better job of practicing what I preach. Shalom
is too important to the empowerment process not to get busy, and I ask
you all to join me!
Contact Dr. Tom Camp or me to learn how to set up a team to work with or take on a regular monetary pledge to the Shalom girls dorm of La Ceiba, Honduras.
Together, we are the difference.