Greetings from Choluteca. If you happen to have a map of Honduras handy, you will notice that Choluteca is both a state and a city in the south of Honduras (kind of like New York, New York). I am staying in the city, and visiting communities around the state. It far more warm and humid here than in Tegucigalpa, but I don't think the heat is any worse that Washington, DC in July.  However, the general lack of air...

Olancho

I spent Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week in the Honduran state of Olancho, in the area surrounding the city of Catacamas. Some of you may be thinking: wait a minute, didn't she already go to Olancho? No, that was Olanchito (confusing, I know). In Olancho, I learned about and participated with some of Diaconia Nacional's sustainable agriculture projects. Diaconia is a CRWRC partner in Honduras that works in communities that have Christian Reformed churches. 

On...

Sorry I haven't blogged in so long. I have not had internet access for the last few days, but that (clearly) isn't much of an excuse…I'm going to use two posts to explain what has happened over the last week. Also, I should be able to add pictures to my blog now, so I'm going to try to post some of those soon.

Last weekend, I stayed with one of CRWRC's staff people in Tegucigalpa and went...

 

The Christian Center for Human Rights (CCDH), an affiliate of World Renew/CRWRC, is a non-profit organization that exists to provide legal counsel and civic education classes to people and communities in Nicaragua in order to create a more just and equitable society from the bottom up. Run almost entirely on volunteer labor, lawyers and promoters with CCDH represent victims who have not been provided with proper legal representation in both criminal and civil cases,...

Much has happened since the last time I was able to write. I'll try to summarize the events of the last few days as succinctly as possible.

Wednesday morning I left Tegucigalpa for Olanchito with CRWRC staff members Ana, Irene, and Leanne. If you look at a map of Honduras, Olanchito looks fairly close to Tegucigalpa. However, there is no paved road directly connecting the two cities, so we needed to travel via La Ceiba. It was a long drive, but...

Buen dia desde Honduras! 

I visited the CRWRC office for the first time today and met CRWRC's Honduras staff. Everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming in both Spanish and English. The CRWRC office in Tegucigalpa mainly handles administrative work, sending funding and taking reports from the partner organizations around the country. I got a brief overview of what all the partner organizations do and it was an impressive list. I will give more information on specific partner organizations later, as I...

Arrival!

I have arrived! In Tegucigalpa, that is. Both my flights were smooth, and three of CRWRC's staff and volunteers came to meet me at the airport. I am trying to use my Spanish as much as possible, and sometimes say what I mean to (there's a fine line between telling someone "I am excited" and "I am exciting"). Right now, I am tired, but very happy to be here! 

One of the beautiful things about Nicaraguan culture is the centrality of family in everyday life. Your family members are also your friends - and the people you get together with to have a good time. You live with your family until you are married, you play baseball with your cousins, go to the store with your sisters, and eat impromptu meals with your grandparents. You are loyal to them above all else. 

Because I lived with a Nicaraguan host family,...

Hi all! Konnichiwa! It's a breezy Thursday here in Yamamoto-cho as I (Rebecca) write this blog. It's a bit late, but here's an update on the last few days. 

On Sunday night, we regrouped with the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) team. Monday was a day off so we had plans for a bit of touring. Cal and Edie Cummings, the two OPC missionaries, picked us up Monday morning, as Morris and Yui were still on holiday, and took us on a...

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