that we have worked on with the people of this community
include a medical clinic, nutrition program, agricultural development,
clean water supplies and sanitation ( = latrines!), and support and
encouragement for educational programs. Several young women have been
given scholarships to nursing school, and currently we support students at the Centro Básico Educativo (middle school) in near-by Mataderos. At times, we have young people in CEVER (the E&R church-related vocational school) in the small near-by city of Yoro.
The main thrust of this trip was to assess and encourage the steps the mountain communities are taking to empower themselves. Several very productive meetings led to a plan for the management of the clinic and suggestions made by local people on how to improve attendance at the middle school in Mataderos. The tribal Development Committee, under the leadership of Joel Ramirez, has developed a Plan of Action for 2013 and 2014, and has already begun to implement it.
Yovany Munguía, our coordinator in Honduras, worked hard to make these meetings successful. He also did a lot of the legwork for the details of the trip. We have developed a contract with him for the next year, which includes changes in our financial arrangements.
We worked on several of our traditional projects as well. Profesor Jeff, accompanied by Yovany, walked several miles up and down mountain paths to visit primary schools in La Kiloma and El Paraíso, and with Ginger and Dan to the primary and middle schools in Mataderos. We also brought along two laptop computers, which will be managed by the Development Committee. Dr Gordon, assisted by Daniel, saw 54 patients in 2 days at the clinic. Perhaps most importantly, we renewed old friendships and made new ones.
More information is available from Jeff, Gordon and Ginger. Catch or call us for details! Or check our blog at < www.nyhelp.blogspot.com/ >
To paraphrase St James, in NY/HELP, we try to ¨show our faith by our acts.¨ And this is made possible by YOUR love and generosity!
Donations for this on-going mission may be sent to NY/HELP, C/O Arcade United Church of Christ Congregational, 297 Main St, Arcade, NY 14009
The August mission trip to Honduras is underway with
seven people from western and central NY traveling to La Laguna to work
there for two weeks. Thanks to generous donations of computers, they
were able to take two laptops to be used in the middle school.
Wednesday, August 11, six of the group went out
into the community of Kiloma, loaded with materials for families, and
school supplies for three schools and a kindergarten. They will stay in
the community and work there and in El Paraíso, building latrines and
improved stoves. They will be there until Saturday, returning to La
Laguna in the evening. Everything is going well so far.
Dr. Gordon remained in the medical clinic
working with the clinic nurse, Mirtila. Sunday, August 14, there will be
football games (soccer to us), which happens every time NY/HELP
is in the villages. Participating teams are La Laguna, Mataderos, El
Paraíso y Kiloma, which are communities where the group will be working
on this trip.
If you are interested in going on a future trip, please contact Gordon & Ginger Comstock at the email or phone number below.
Spanish-speaking ability is not required -- but is very helpful, both to the individual and the group. And it helps you get more out of your trip!
Fund-raising for these various projects is encouraged.
For more information, contact Ginger and Gordon Comstock at firstname.lastname@example.org, write to NY/HELP, C/O Arcade United Church of Christ Congregational, 297 Main St, Arcade, NY 14009; or call 585-492-2810.
Donations may be sent to NY/HELP, C/O Arcade United Church of Christ Congregational, 297 Main St, Arcade, NY 14009
We worked with the community on improvements on the clinic, especially a new roof, fencing in the clinic property and planting trees. Other projects included helping to build lorena stoves and school visits. We met with the Tribal Council and discussed future plans and the relationship between NY/HELP and the Mataderos Tribe.
CLICK HERE FOR THE LIST OF REPORTS FOR THE JULY 2010 TRIP
More trip news is posted on our NY/HELP blog.
Jeff Mason's Sermon
at Arcade UCC, August 2003
Thoughts on our changing mission in Honduras
More information about our program -- and an application to participate in this exciting project is available.
Help-A-Child Project for Children. Click here for information on how to support NY/HELP projects.
Funds from CRAFT SALES of items made by village people help support the work NY/HELP is doing in La Laguna.
Contact us for more information, or visit the NY/HELP table at the annual state conference!
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Sustainable Harvest International
This group offers rural communities long-term support for sustainable economic development and ecological restoration through the implementation of sustainable agriculture,
agroforestry, reforestation and other ecologically appropriate technologies.
SHI has has been working with NY/HELP to provide agricultrual extension education services to the La Laguna area.
These include new crops, contour planting, stove building, and support for "microbusinesses."
A group devoted to helping people in developing countries get safe drinking water.
They provide technical assistance but encourage communities to help themselves.
Engineers Without Borders
Engineers Without Borders-Lafayette is a student chapter of the national EWB-USA at Lafayette College, Easton, PA.
As engineering students we seek to use our skills to help struggling communities in the developing world with vital water, sanitation and shelter projects.
NY/HELP and Honduras HOPE have jointly bought a house in Yoro, where the students from La Laguna who are studying at the colegio and CEVER are able to stay.
We have hired a retired pastor, Jose Feliciano and his wife Petronida to be the houseparents there.
Paz y salud,
Gordon F. Comstock MD, Arcade UCC
Medical Advisor, NY/HELP
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