History of Building a Better Honduras
In 2008 we were introduced by Jose Rodas to an opportunity to partner with a local municipality, San Nicolas de Copán in Honduras. The municipality had land set aside for homes to be built for the neediest residents of the community and were looking for churches and other charitable organizations that could provide materials and labor. Jose serves as the construction supervisor, translator, historian, and provides transportation for the group.
In 2009, a team of 5, including 2 from Millbrook, travelled to San Nicholas for 10 days to build a house for Rosa. Rosa is a single mother with 5 children who were ages 2 to 13, who were all living with her sister, Margarita, and her 3 young children in a three room structure with 3 walls and dirt floors. Rosa's new home consists of a 380 square foot cinder block house with 2 bedrooms, a bath and combination kitchen/living room. Both Rosa and her children worked alongside the volunteers every day to put in their required sweat equity.
In 2010, another team returned to San Nicholas for an 11 day trip to work on a home for Margarita, Rosa's sister. Margarita worked alongside the volunteers working on her new home with help from Rosa and Rosa's sons. The team learned that the home where Rosa and Margarita had been living was about to be torn down because it had been built on government land in the path of a new highway under construction.
In 2011, once again a team returned to San Nicholas to build a house for Maria and her 2 sons, one of whom is disabled. Because Maria was employed and was not able to provide the required sweat equity, she paid the salary of one Mason in exchange. In an act of community spirit, Margarita, Rosa, and Rosas sons helped with the construction of Maria's home. Additionally, local high school students spent two mornings volunteering with the construction. We were able to distribute dresses and shirt and shorts sets made by Millbrook's Dorcas Sewing Ministry to the children in the community.
In August of 2012, we plan to return again to build another home for a family selected by the municipality that consists of a couple and their 11-year-old daughter. There are numerous ways to participate in this mission project including prayer, monetary donations, or joining the team. The team leaders are Debbie Crumpler and Gregg Mealor. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at the church office.