Dear Friends and Family,
Chris and I have been here at The Leadership Center for a week now. We are happy to be back and are getting to know the newest class of students, the first years.
Honduras is very much in the US news lately. Immigration, caravans, violence, poverty … many opinions.
And it’s also a topic here at The Leadership Center as most of the 30 young women on campus have family or extended family in the states. Most of the stories we hear about people that leave Honduras for the US, are very sad. They love their country but feel they have no other option to escape desperate poverty. Families break up as often fathers or mothers leave with some children but not all. Their intent generally is to make money to send home. But the continued societal problems here in Honduras are the root cause of the issues that force people to desperate actions. That is exactly why our educational mission and ministry here is so important. We want to enable these young women to make positive changes in their communities and in their country. And believe me, our students and our graduates are doing that in real ways. Over 90% of our graduates are employed and helping their families and their communities.
The first year students are a very lively bunch. They have four English classes a day and are doing well. I was reading with Eva, the student we sponsor, this afternoon after her last class. Actually she was reading to me!
The picture is of the first year students eating a plant, La Penca, that grows behind a couple of the casitas. It’s a cactus type plant. They skin it and put it in a mixture of cumin, hot sauce, lime and salt. It’s very tasty.
Chris has been sewing with the second year students and they have also enjoyed knitting caps, which they are all wearing at night since it’s been cold.
Right now Chris has a reading group in our casita so I am hanging out in the Staff House as I send you this note. The girls love to read short stories with Chris and hot tea and cookies are enjoyed as well!
Second years are studying community development and leadership this quarter. They are working on a clean water project in a nearby community. I did a couple entrepreneurial warm up classes with them earlier this week. A prelude to coming back to teach business classes in January.
We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving. We have a lot to be thankful for – so many blessings. And that is how these grateful young women feel and act every day here at The Leadership Center.
Blessings from Honduras!