I am not usually a morning person, particularly when it means waking up on 3:30 a.m. for a 6 a.m. flight out of Logan Airport in Boston. But the early day couldn’t dampen my excitement for my first trip to Honduras and El Hogar.
Traveling with Liz Kinchen, El Hogar’s North American Executive Director, we left Logan Airport, had a stopover in Atlanta, and ended our journey at the airport in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
When you break through the clouds as the plane descends toward the airport, you’re met with a beautiful country filled with green forests and mountains, but also with houses built very close together inside of the “bowl” that is Tegucigalpa. The airport was controlled chaos, but we didn’t linger there for too long – the El Hogar Technical Institute was awaiting us.
We drove for about half an hour outside of the city to the technical school that sits on a beautiful and quiet piece of property. There are a number of buildings that are used by the students for learning regular lessons in subjects like math and science, but there are also shops for metal work, carpentry, and electrical. There is also a large dormitory for the boys, a chapel, as well as other buildings.
Lazaro Juarez, the Director of the Technical Institute, was a gracious host and provided a tour of the campus, as well as lunch. Then it was back into the car to travel back to Tegucigalpa and El Hogar’s elementary campus. We were given a tour by Raul Castro, El Hogar’s Director of Capital Projects and the Service Team Host, and I really got a sense of the large number of students that the campus serves on a daily basis. There was also a service team from Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, MA, who we were able to meet with before they leave to return home tomorrow.
Even though I will be traveling to visit each of the campuses operated by El Hogar, the elementary campus will be my base of operations during my time in Honduras.
This is a beautiful country and the people I’ve met have welcomed me with warm smiles and open hearts. This was a great first day and I can’t wait to see what my second holds.