Ten years of changing lives in Honduras

A woman in Chaguiton, Honduras, pulls the string to turn on her new ceiling light. Photo courtesy Neal Beard

A woman in Chaguiton, Honduras, pulls the string to turn on her new ceiling light. Photo courtesy Neal Beard

By Neal Beard, past president of the Rotary Club of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, USA

Rotary members from District 6760 returned from Central America on 5 Feburary, after completing a 59-home electrification project in Chaguiton, Honduras. This was the tenth leg of a journey that began in 2006 for my club.

Over the course of the last ten years, the most exciting and rewarding moments of our lives took place not in the office, or on the shop floor, or while sitting in front of a computer screen, but in the remote mountain villages of southern Honduras.

Those moments have been filled with pure emotion. Like the time when a mother and her children looked on as we built a water storage tank and laundry table that would eliminate their Continue reading

Traveling around the world experiencing Rotary

By Brian Rocha, a member of the Rotary Club of Goleta, California, and District 5240 Public Relations Chair

I’ve done a bit of traveling in my life. But recently, I got an urge to turn my travel experience into something much more rewarding. I wanted to travel not just to travel, but to make an impact and make a difference in the world.

I pitched the idea to my Rotary club and Rotary International, and they were in full support. Support in terms of moral support. I financed the trip myself. So last year, I began an eight month journey visiting several different countries around the world, capturing pictures and video throughout the experience. Continue reading

Lighting up villages in Honduras

Tennessee Rotarian Charlie Brown with new friends at a school in Honduras.

Tennessee Rotarian Charlie Brewer with new friends at a school in Honduras.

By Jim Johnston, past governor of District 6760 and a member of the Rotary Club of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, USA

While RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang has urged Rotary members to Light Up Rotary, the Rotary Club of Lawrenceburg has been leading an effort to light up villages in Honduras in a more literal sense.

In February, our team of 14 volunteers traveled to the country to wire 70 homes Continue reading

Pilot, non-pilot districts work together to alleviate poverty

Rotarians from California, USA, and Honduras attend the opening of two micro credit banks in El Marillal in February. Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, California.

By Heather Frankle, member of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, California, USA

New entrepreneurs sign loan documents. Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, California.

They say that when life gives you lemons – make lemonade! When we learned our long-time partner, District 4250 (Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras), was in the Future Vision pilot, I certainly thought we had landed in a pile of lemons.

Clubs in my non-pilot District 5240 in California, USA, had been partnering in grants with the Rotary Club of Tegucigalpa, D.C., Honduras, for 10 years to provide corrective surgery for children born with club feet. We were also involved in an “Adopt a Village” project in El Marillal, Honduras, with the Rotary clubs of Choluteca, Choluteca, and Real de Minas-Tegucigalpa, D.C.  Continue reading