A Honduran Expreience
by Rebecca Seehusen
Oh, how I loved my journeys back through time in this village.
I went out several days and each day found out something new.
First, each area is broken down into a barrio, or neighborhood.
There are pulperia's (convenience stores) in each barrio. Most
carry the same basic items, water, soft drinks, etc. There is
a big (by Yorito standards) grocery store up the hill from the
Catholic Church on the left side of the park, up a block from
Dra. Suyappa's office. They sell concrete even. There is an internet
cafe across from it, with faster than dial up but slower than
dsl service. I did not use it as the other Peace Corp worker (tall
blonde European guy) was teaching computer classes the day I went
in. My presence caused an uproar amongst the kids, so I quickly
left. Across from the big primary school, there is a very nice
pulperia, very clean. The lady also has two rooms for rent, but
they are full now. The guy peace corp worker has one. There is
no place that is fit for a team to stay in Yorito. I went to one
place that had several rooms, but they were not at all clean or
safe enough for Americans to stay in. A tent would have been better.
There is a Veterinaria store on the same road as the Catholic
church, just up from the road you turn to the mission on. I bought
a bag of grain for Modesto's horse, as she was nursing her colt
and looked like she could use something other than grass. They
delivered it and Modesto has a bin to store it in. I think I paid
$250 limps for it. Just an idea if you run out of ways to spend
your money. They do not have a car, their truck died, so the horse
and donkey are it for transportation.
There were mosquitoes and fleas at the mission. Most of us kept
bug spray on the whole time, and at least we all were wearing
the same "cologne."
Things to know in general: we had Bible School each day M-Th.
About 150 kids attended and loved it. We bought little cakes in
Yoro, halved them and passed them out with kool-aid. Vickie White
co-ordinated it all with Ron and Joan Gilbreath and Linda Guthrie
as helpers. You can email Vickie for more ideas. Her email address
is listed in the cc space above. She is the teacher that wants
to go back next summer to teach English. Peanut Butter was way
too expensive for a small jar to make sandwiches with. Take some
with you, if you can and give some nourishment to their little
bodies as well as their souls. The clothing item I could see most
needed was t-shirts sizes 8-12 and those plastic/rubber flip-flops
they like to wear. I did see more cows, horses, pigs and cars
in the village than last year. There are a few new homes being
built, so prosperity is coming, slowly but surely. I know your
work witll be blessed as ours surely was. Email me or call me
with any questions. Saved by Grace, Rebecca
Here is the website that I created to upload my digital photos
from last week. George, Marlene and Patty were three of our interpreters.
was our cook, and she made this Honduran delicacy called "chicken
foot soup." Last year she would not let me taste it, this
year I got a bowl
(sans the foot!) Let me know what you think. http://groups.msn.com/YoritoHondurasMay-June2005