Every February, workers representing various Rotary Clubs throughout District 6760 converge on the Choluteca region of southern Honduras. There have been many projects over the past ten-plus years, most of which have been dedicated to improving life in remote villages through the addition of electrical and fresh water systems to the homes. All of these projects are organized in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Choluteca, Honduras.
Projects like these require a lot of labor and a tremendous amount of money – money that has to be raised. Sources of funding range from Rotary Clubs, Rotary International Grants, individual donations, Honduran Municipalities, and the residents themselves.
There is no secret that our country’s economy has been in recession, which has made it very difficult to raise money. This year’s project was coordinated by Jim Johnston and the Lawrenceburg Rotary Club with a focus on providing electricity to approximately 28 homes, a small school, and a church in the remote village of Limon de Linaca.
There was not enough funding available this year for a larger electrical or water project, but there was enough left over to build a home for a local family near El Carazal…. which is where our group entered the program this year. “Extreme Home Makeover – Honduran Style.”
Participating on behalf of Spring Hill Rotary Club this year were Jeremy Bisceglia, International Service Chair, Pastor Ann Bassett, Sharon Elvin, Les Bosarge, David Hartley, Eddie Hartley, Keith Coldfelter, and Trey Lewis.
While we were digging, mixing cement, and laying block, Ann and Sharon spent their days teaching at the local school. Ann is fluent in Spanish, which helped a LOT!
The children were so attentive and well-behaved. They also learned an amazing amount of English during the week!
We even served as a school bus for several children. When they reach where they need to stop, they just beat on the roof.
While the children were at school, the dogs kept an eye on the jobsite.
There will be more highlights of this year’s trip forthcoming. How we got there, where we stayed, what we ate, the work that was involved, the friends we have made over the years, and more will be covered so stay tuned!
Thanks for reading! If you would like a recap of our 2011 trip to Honduras, CLICK HERE.
For now, why not take a look at some of the animals we befriended on our visit:
Again, thanks for reading!
Trey Lewis is VP Sales & Marketing for Ole South Properties Inc, Tennessee’s largest independent home builder, 615.896.0019 direct 615.593.6340 or email TLewis@olesouth.com. Specializing in new homes in the Greater Nashville area to include Nashville, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Clarksville, Gallatin, and Spring Hill, Tennessee.