Posted on | December 16, 2014 | No Comments
Visiting Honduras last year was so unexpected to me and not planned at all. I knew of the country of course, but had no thoughts of traveling to it. So how did I decide to travel to Honduras? Very spontaneously I’ll tell you. I was reading a scuba diving magazine when I came across the Utila Dive Fest, which was just approaching its second annual event in 2013. I hopped right onto the Internet and not even two weeks later, I had my ticket booked!
When I mentioned that I was traveling to Honduras, no one seemed to know much about it except for the fact that it is considered a “poor” country with crime. I thought this sounded very stereotypical, as I knew there is so much more to Honduras than that. But as with many stereotypes, sadly, there is truth in it. Honduras is not in a good economic state and the standard of living is not great. Forbes.com lists it as the second poorest county in Central America.
I spent one week in Honduras where I traveled between San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba, and the Bay Islands, and I truly have a soft spot in my heart for the country. The people are all so friendly and they try hard to have a good life. This in spite of the fact that 65 percent of the population is classified as “poverty level” and their currency is at a low. While it’s great for Americans to be able to purchase a two-dollar meal, it’s not so wonderful for the people who live there.
When in the city of San Pedro Sula, even if you’re sitting around the airport, you will see numerous missionaries coming in and getting on buses to help communities in Honduras. I spoke with some of them and there were a variety of individuals for different causes – volunteers to help with farming, doctors, social workers, home-builders, teachers, and more.
I even met individuals who had come on their own to help out. One woman in her twenties travels once every year to stay with a different family in Honduras, help them with their homes, and children. She travels hours into the hills into villages where there are no cars or buses and schools or stores are miles away.
About 75 percent of Hondurans live in the hills. I drove (in a taxi) through some of the hills and impoverished towns where many houses aren’t fully completed or are in a state of major construction. Some look similar to beach shacks where families are clearly doing the best they can to fit many people into one or two rooms.
Stores are few and far between outside of the cities. It’s obvious that the people in rural areas have little to sell and few resources to buy things.
Honduras’ main exports are coffee, sugar cane, African palm, bananas, and corn. There are many farms as families try to also grow their own food to help feed their families. I’ve tasted the food grown on the lands of Honduras and it is delicious! No chemicals used and fresh from the ground – even live chickens roaming around and reproduced to provide meat to eat.
I hope to see Honduras improve in their standard of living in the near future as the word spreads that they are in need, and that it is a beautiful country! It doesn’t have to be a 5 or even a 3 star resort to bring people in. Honduras can only be benefited by us and it will grow into better living.
We’re so happy to be partnering with Sustainable Harvest International to improve living conditions and farming practices for families in Honduras. As Angelica saw with her own eyes, it is a place that has much to offer when given the opportunity to do so.