We head home later today after 6 weeks of teaching here at The Leadership Center. Our heartfelt bonds to and relationships with the 35 young women here are fully refreshed, but we are excited to rejoin all of you!
You know our mission here – it’s to empower young women from rural communities with education, leadership training and community development experiences. Our hope and prayer is that after graduation they return to their communities as changed agents.
This country is so beautiful but so challenged. Women are particularly at a disadvantage in a machismo society. But progress while slow, is happening, I think. At least with each of our graduating classes of young women. Fourteen new graduates, strong and confident, are almost done with their two years at TLC. They will begin three month internships at NGOs and other entities and then be ready to claim their future.
I think we have 4 second year students who will start small businesses this year. I believe several of the new graduates will become teachers in their home communities. And a number are interested in working with local NGOs helping children and women. We will see. But I assure you that your excellent support and encouragement has enabled another fine group of young women to help themselves, their families and their communities.
Jeff finished the Ethernet system; the classrooms and library are now internet capable. (Bandwidth is still a challenge, but we are increasing the learning opportunities with the access points)
Chris and I hosted a special dinner for the 14 second year students , celebrating their final exams in our classes. We made (mostly Chris made) Chicken Parmesan a la Honduras, garlic bread and salad. They loved it. A first here. Brownies for dessert with whipped cream (also a first for many students). The sugar high and craziness that followed two cans of whipped cream was a bit scary!
Well, we are headed to the airport. Again, thank you so much for your help and support on this beautiful mountain campus.
Let me close with a refrain from a praise song the girls love to sing.
“From the mountains to the valleys
hear our praises rise to You,
from the heavens to the nations
hear our singing fill the air!”
Blessings from Honduras!
Dan and Chris