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More from Honduras (Guest blogger: Laura Pitts)
"The first time that I met you I thought you could be my friend to be together to sing, dance, smile, and play..." - Letter from 9-year old Genesis to our team in Honduras
Around the world these days we hear about so much strife, bad economies, unemployment and discord. Honduras is no exception. From the perspective of the 19 members of the Honduras mission team, we see that the people of Honduras share our same dreams of a better life for their families, a safe place to live and educational opportunities for their children.
The children of Honduras are beautiful, happy, and healthy. We have seen children from the neighborhood every day visiting our construction sites and have been profoundly moved by how they share with us and each other. The quote above is from a letter that nine year old Genesis delivered Thursday to one of our team members. Another young man, Junior, when asked about how school was going said, "going well, but no college."
None of us will ever forget the children of Honduras. We visited girls at the local Catholic Girls Orphanage who were so happy to see us and gave everyone a work out in basketball and other games. On Thursday, a local elementary school with 950 students received us right off the worksite as if we were a party of visiting royalty. We marched through a line of at least 100 cheering and singing children – what fun! Then we were treated a performance of folk dances in native costumes - complete with the boys and girls dancing together!
Tomorrow is our last day on the worksite and it will be hard to leave. The work is challenging but our rewards are so great. These children and their families will be a few steps closer to a better place to live, thanks to the work of Habitat Greensboro.