This was Highlands Church third year coming to Honduras to assist in local education projects chosen by the community. This year, three schools were picked in conjunction with ADEC and Opatoro municipal government: Santa Fe, Potrerito, and San Antonio. Mayor Dunia Martinez put 1/4 of the project's costs, and each town provide sand and labor. The bathrooms, septic tanks, and handwashing stations took two weeks to build.
Volunteers from the Denver church enjoyed hanging out with the children in between mixing cement, and even went one day to help make tamales and try their hand at beekeeping!
Marcala Bilingual School's 9th grade students completed hygiene presentations in 5 rural schools in Opatoro, Honduras today and yesterday. They talked with students about how to correctly brush their teeth, wash their hands, and other tips on reducing germs. Each student received packets filled with a toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, soap, and comb. They also played a game where glitter, representing germs, was transmitted between students by handshakes. The bilingual high schoolers also volunteered as translators for U.S. volunteers who were in schools building hand-washing stations and bathrooms.
Today, we had the unique opportunity to connect several partnerships that came together like a dream. Marcala Bilingual School (MBS) is letting their 9th grade class take a field trip with a volunteer group from Highlands Church, Denver, CO.
There are two goals: 1) practice translating between Spanish and English, and 2) give talks to 5 rural schools about personal hygiene. The U.S. church group donated money for the Honduran students to prepare packets of a toothbrush, toothpaste, a washcloth, soap, and a comb.
Packets were prepared in partnership with Tegucigalpa dentist Marlon Javier Toledo and ADEC. ADEC sent engineer Oneida Garcia who today taught the MBS students how to talk about hygiene in their presentations.