Winston's Trip to Honduras: Round II
Organized by: Winston Miller
Greetings! My name is Winston Miller and I am a sophomore at the University of Maryland majoring in Anthropology. I am currently raising money for my second trip to Honduras with a nationwide organization called Students Helping Honduras. SHH strives to eradicate violence and poverty through the construction and staffing of schools in rural areas around Honduras. Being a part of this organization really opened my eyes to the everyday lives of Hondurans and their communities. Honduras is plagued with some of the highest homicide rates in the world. Recruitment of children into local gangs is a common occurrence in the country. This past January 2016, during my first visit to Honduras, I saw poverty and malnourished kids, shanty villages populating the countryside, and violence crowding out tv time. However, through all the negative and awful things I saw, there were many things that made me want to come back to Honduras: the beautiful landscapes, the smiles, the laughter, the schools, the people, and finally the children. We started building a three room middle school in the village of Balsamo. It was here where I met the local kids and their families. Through sweat and smiles I understood the importance of education and why it means so much for them to have schools. Giving kids an opportunity to lead better lives through education and not by the laws of the gangs is what SHH and I strive for. I only spent seven days in Honduras last January, but it was all I needed to realize that these people are no different than you and me. We all want to learn and grow. Honduras is far behind in providing their kids a place for education to thrive. All I want is to lend my hand, ever hopeful that by building schools Hondurans can escape the pitfalls of violence and poverty. Any financial support you can offer will be greatly appreciated!