Today our team got an early start and travelled up into the mountains surrounding the city of Tegucigalpa. Mountains are plentiful in Honduras, with peaks as high as 9,347 feet. In fact, over 80% of Honduras is made up of mountains and is home to the majority of the country’s population. Today’s distribution was located in one of the many towns scattered throughout the mountainous region of Honduras.
As our van travelled further and further away from the urban centre below, the view outside became more and more beautiful, bright and colourful! On one side of the road, large, green pine trees, lined the streets and covered the side of the mountain like a thick, cozy blanket. In the distance you could see the clouds moving slowly across the mountain peaks, while the sun rose further into the sky. It was breathtaking! On the other side of the road, was a wall of dark grey and white stone, a little peak inside the mountain’s interior. We also enjoyed seeing horses and the occasional donkey on the side of the road.
As we approached the site of our distribution the first thing we noticed was the beautiful colours of the buildings with turquoise, green, or pink walls, and the well-manicured park in the centre of the town.
We quickly got to work and began preparing for our forth distribution by securing the straps on the colourful backpacks – orange, blue, pink and purple – that would soon rest upon the backs of the 500 children we would meet that day. We also checked in on the bedkits with their vibrant fabrics adorned with well-known characters like Mickey Mouse, Dora, Spiderman and Donald Duck. Everything was in place and ready to go!
As the children entered into the school they were entertained with colourful puppets – a green turtle, a bright orange iguana – and then organized for their photos. They then made their way through the distribution site, collecting their backpack and their bedkit and exiting with big, bright, beautiful smiles on their faces.
As we made our way back down the windy mountain road, we reflected on our fourth distribution and all the colourful memories we made that day. We will all sleep well tonight knowing that close to 2000 children in Honduras have now received the gift of a good night’s sleep.
Team Honduras 2018
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