Transformation: Part 2/3 - Caliche

At the incredible cost of more than 400 "total days" of labor, three communities have come together to improve access to their communities. As we have frequently-referenced, the overland access is... lacking. In particular, a half-mile grade at the head of the road is better suited to horses than to vehicles. This severe access limits development of the region: medical care, new markets, educational opportunities, jobs, and SO much more. People have certainly died due to the difficulty of reaching these communities.

Together the communities of Caliche, Aguas de la Reyna, and Posas del Agua banded together to form a commission dedicated to fixing the three worst passages - beginning with the opening grade. Now nearing completion, 50 local men have devoted day upon day of their labor, working with materials provided in part by Upper Arlington Lutheran Church(a Heart to Honduras "Partner in Transformation"), COHERSA (a local hydroelectric company), and the municipal government of Santa Cruz de Yojoa, Honduras. I cannot emphasize enough how difficult this work is. You know a community really wants something when they dedicate this much time and effort to it.

Once these communities overcame the primary obstacle of unifying themselves, the work has moved quickly forward. Heart to Honduras has been grateful to work alongside these remarkable people, full of hope, in their struggle for progress. HtH facilitates relationship reconciliation, support, encouragement and collaboration initiation with each involved party to make these local initiatives possible. These initiatives are not the most "popular" for North Americans because you don't get to come and DO and it's not as flashy or social media friendly to support locals building a road, but in the end we personally, the local communities, and HtH believe it accomplishes SO much more long term, holistic development for the community.

1 comment:

  1. In 100 years when Honduras has lightning fast wifi and hipsters commenting on blog posts in swanky coffee shops, they will remember these hard men who built the first roads they now travel upon. Nice!!