Not only are the days getting shorter, the number of days that we have in Durango are quickly slipping away. It has been non-stop preparation for our departure. We have finally purchased our plane tickets. Dec. 22 will be our last day in Durango! Christmas and the new year will be spent in Va. with the Tichi’s. Jan.4 we will head to San Jose, Costa Rica for four months of language training. Graduation from the Language Institute will be late April followed by a quick flight to Roatan early May.
The political situation in Honduras has changed little since the removal of Zelaya. Much of what we see and hear is coming from the mainland. The political unrest has now impacted the entire country. With the elections due to take place Nov.29. we can only hope that it will restore peace to all. The U.S. has reversed its original position on recognition of the upcoming election. U.S. support will hopefully now allow economic sanctions to be lifted.
We have continued to receive encouragement from friends, family and strangers. An organization out of Washington D.C. called Project Honduras recently contacted us about work being done on Roatan. They have a number of connections in Honduras that they would like for us to be part of. Additonally, a woman by the name of Terry Anderson contacted us, whom has lived the past 20 years in Roatan, but now resides in Durango, CO. She has a store in Roatan that sells local crafts and is also planning on selling some of these crafts here. This could be a great opportunity down the road for the locals, and she will be a real asset to us as far as all of the questions we have.
The opportunities that are available to us are in some ways overwhelming. We feel that we must be careful that we do not take on more than we can handle. At the present time, we feel that our initial desire to collect educational material and sports equipment will help us create relationships within the community. Educational opportunities on and off the field will allow us to not only teach life lessons but identify future leaders for Colonia.
One additional project that is currently being pursued is the collection of tee-shirts from local thrift stores, local businesses and sports teams(DYSA soccer, baseball, high school volleyball……) that have Durango printed on them. The thought behind this is that it will connect our community with Colonia. Our team is now over 350 people. At some point, many of you will visit. Think of what it would be like to be in a third world country with villagers wearing shirts from your home town. To complete the tee shirt campaign we are considering having a few photos,facts and history of our community available to them. Last week we collected 35 tee’s in an hour and a half. Colonia is a village of 3000. We are confident with at little effort we could see 10% of the village wearing something with Durango on it. Anyone can help with this project. Contact us and we will make arrangements to make them part of a shipment. Let’s show them our love in a simple way!
There is a good chance that we will have our first visitor to Roatan in January. Unfortunately we will not be there. Greg Vlamming is in the process of putting together a trip in order to get a closer look at the community and the landscape. Greg is a friend of ours who is a horticulturalist. Some of you may remember him from a few years back when he was a contributing writer to the Herald. His plan is to look at the soil and topography of the village. This will enable us to come up with future projects for farming options as well as erosion control, and sustainable practices.
Sorry for such a lengthy update! We appreciate you for hanging in there with us! Happy Thanksgiving and God bless!