Photo by Corey Petrick
By Shea Parton
After traveling 6,700 miles through the air, on perilous roads, and at sea, we’re grateful to recap an amazing trip. Each time we return from an expedition we are encouraged with the gradual progress of what we call “Advocacy through Industry”.
Honduras is a vibrant country that is determined to develop in a way that benefits the entire continent. Obstacles currently holding Honduras back include: A sluggish economy following the political coup of 2009, a high poverty rate which currently ensnares 65% of the population, and the highest murder rate in the world. In the face of these obstacles, however, there is a profound sense of hope and optimism in Honduras that we want to affirm and catalyze through our Advocacy through Industry model. Coffee is one of Honduras’ most dynamic industries and employs 30% of the population. Our coffee project will create a new export market for Honduran coffee and ensure that rural families who work in this industry receive a fair and consistent wage. Additionally, we will assist Hondurans in achieving their ambitious health and education goals by supporting a local school and hospital in Siguatepeque.
Finally, we commit to sharing the story of Honduras’ rich culture by creating a short documentary film that aims to become a powerful tool in promoting tourism PhotostoryFilmPhotostoryFilm. We hope you are inspired by the photos from the Honduras Expedition and we look forward to sharing the final product and film in the coming weeks.