S: Mission Honduras Summers 2003, 2004, & 2005
BC: APUFRAM Asociacion Pueblo Franciscano de Muchachos y Muchachas Association of Franciscan Boystown and Girlstown
FC: Mission Honduras Summers 2003, 2004, & 2005
1: During the summer of 2003, I was blessed with the opportunity to visit Honduras to help learn their lifestyle, better their culture, and provide great services to the less fortunate. During my stay there, I fell in love with the culture so much, that I decided to go back 2 additional summers! | Honduras
3: Language: Spanish Capital: Tegucigalpa Climate: Temperate, with dry and wet seasons. During the dry season from February into May, widespread forest fires and agricultural burning can lead to severely degraded air quality throughout the country Terrain: mountainous areas, coastal beaches, & jungle lowlands.
4: Mission Honduras 2005 6/10-6/17 Day 1: Arriving & Flores Tour Day 2: Work & Play at Guadalupe Day 3: Mass at Guadalupe & Trip to Comayagua Day 4: Festival at LaVilla & Comayagua Day 5: Trash Detail & Play at Mother's Project Day 6: Work & Play at Guadalupe Day 7: Fr. Emil's Tour Day 8: Hasta Luego
5: Finally arriving in Honduras! The smell of fresh air is amazing!
6: Pit Stops | Along the multiple hour drive to Flores, we stopped for snacks and to tour the scenery.
8: Las Flores is the main campus, located 75 minutes northwest of Tegucigalpa. More than 500 children live or attend school at this site at either the Maximilian Kolbe Institute (junior & senior high) or Taller (carpentry trade school). There are 2 boarding schools for high school students on campus: Internado San Francisco de Asisi (boys town) & Santa Ana (girls town). This site also has a Chapel and Medical Clinic, and the children contribute to their substance by tending and harvesting mangoes on the property.
10: Flores is where the pretty paintings come from. They also have a three-legged, amazing dog that lives here!
12: Flores was full of art. Murals were painted on concrete walls and sculptures were everywhere. It was a blessing to be able to purchase paintings done by local students there. It brings a part of Honduras home.
13: The doors to the Chapel in Flores had St. Francis of Assisi carved into wood. They were beautiful.
14: The Honduran Hilton
16: Washing Clothes
18: Guadalupe & the Mother's Project
20: Trench digging, grass cutting, and painting... my, what a day!
22: The many faces of the Honduran women and girls at the Mother's Project and Guadalupe.
25: Headed back to the Honduran Hilton for the day...
26: A nice ending to a great day!
27: Mass at Guadalupe
28: Trip to Comayagua
29: Comayagua is 50 miles northwest of Tegucigalpa on the highway to San Pedro Sula. The city is duly noted for its wealth of Spanish Colonial architecture and the central square has a cathedral with the oldest clock in the Americas., the Cortez Clock. On our drive there, we got to see the Soto Cano Air Base that is home of the Honduran Air Force Academy where the US maintains Joint Task Force Bravo. While we were in Comayagua, we visited the Cathedral of Comayagua and several other small churches and shops.
34: Comayagua Square
38: Chinese Restaurant Dining | After we ate, we dispersed food to local homeless people.
39: Bus rides in Honduras are interesting... you can be on a bus with a chicken, babies, people who you want to help more than you can, and your average Joe. | And... the bus makes stops to get gas while you're on it!
42: Cutting grass the Honduran way!
43: One night there, our hospitable group decided to cook an authentic Louisiana meal for everyone staying at the Honduran Hilton.
44: La Villa Festival
48: To celebrate their 14th anniversary, the children at LaVilla put on a show with various skits, played with pinatas, and were able to eat special snacks.
51: Before heading back, we stopped at Comayagua to do a little shopping. | We found the oldest cathedral and a convent to visit.
53: Trash Detail
55: I cannot remember where this was taken, but these are some amazing ovens that the Hondurans use!
57: Happy Faces...Happy Times
58: Cooks and other workers at the Honduran Hilton
59: Fr. Emil's Tour
60: Let the tour begin...
61: La Barca This site serves children who come from houses with dirt floors and no plumbing or electricity, or those children dislocated by Hurricane Mitch that either lived along the roadside or in the poorest sections of San Pedro Sula. The City of Children project opened in early 2002 to aid these very poor. In this area, most do not attend school beyond the third grade. The project prepares children in fourth through sixth graders to go on to one of our junior high schools. New housing construction and agricultural projects are underway at this site. This home was closed in the summer of 2009 due to funding.
63: Toyos This site hosts a small boarding school (boystown) for 30 boys along with junior and senior high schools for 150 students. On 15 acres, they raise chickens and harvest chili peppers, coconuts, pineapples, lychees, oranges, papayas and chocolate.
65: Cashews & Pineapples
66: Lychees, cocoa beans, limes, and coconuts!
67: On the road... ready to get to the beach!
68: Finally... the BEACH! (After a long, hard week, we deserved it)!
73: Back to the Honduran Hilton to head to the States
78: going... | going...