In January 2014, nine students and three faculty will travel to travel to the village of Matagua, our newest Village Partners site located in the mountains of central Honduras. We are partnering with this community of about 300 people to organize for the purpose of sustainable community development. With help from key leaders from Embarcadero, our previous village, and our liaison, engineer Sarahi Zeron, the people of Matagua have improved their organization and strengthened their leadership. We have also engaged the mayor of nearby Yoro, and with Sarahi’s guidance, Matagua has identified at least three projects they would like to address to improve their standard of living.
Our upcoming trip will include the building of a model dry composting latrine, called a sanitario seco. We will continue to build relationships and do ongoing assessment of the priorities the community has set forth for future projects. They are investigating the possibility of harvesting lumber in the mountains that surround Matagua, as well as building a series of small dams to provide water for crops during the dry seasons of the year.
We will also return to visit our friends in Embarcadero to assess their latest project, which is the installation of a clean water system for the community. They are currently in the design and testing phase of this project, and they have asked our group to help them raise funds for the pump that will fill the raised water tank.
Finally we are planning an “Alumni & Friends Honduras Adventure” for May 2014. Graduates and friends are invited on a week-long tour of the projects we have been a part of over the last nine years. For more information about this trip, which will be immediately after commencement in the spring, contact Jeff Buscher at buscherj AT william.jewell DOT edu.