Volunteering in Honduras
I am a part of Global Brigades Calgary, a Student’s Union club at the University of Calgary.
As a part of this program I will be visiting Honduras to promote sustainable development of small-scale rural communities at the beginning of May 2017. In the past the GBC has been sent to both Panama and Honduras.
Currently, more than 50% of the population of Honduras lives in poverty, 40% without access to healthy drinking water. The illiteracy rate is the rural communities are approximately 50% with the majority of children finishing school in the third grade and the average education is at a fifth grade level. Rural communities are often isolated with poor road infrastructure making trade and commerce difficult and community members susceptible to being taken advantage from “coyotes” or brokers that are the only link between farmers and producers in more developed towns. In rural Honduras 5 out of 6 people do not have access to loans. We want to educate rural businesses about microfinance to help lift communities to higher living standards using the resources they have. For every microfinance volunteer sent to Honduras one farmer can double their production.
My participation in this programme is completely voluntary, therefore it is necessary that I fundraise allowing me to make a difference in the lives of those I will be working with. Contributing to communities in need abroad is something I am incredibly passionate about and is what fuelled my desire to apply for this program. So ofcourse, this opportunity to provide financial literacy and business consulting in Honduras is very meaningful to me. I have learnt more than I could have ever possibly imagined whilst travelling and I hope that through this project I can continue learning and gaining such worldly experiences. I would be so very grateful for any contributions you generous people can offer me on this life changing journey.