Habitat for Humanity Heads to Honduras
David Coats and Jennifer Gordon say they are travelling to Santa Cruz de Yojoa, Honduras, to lead a work team of Canadian Habitat for Humanity volunteers.
Coats and Gordon, along with 12 other Canadian volunteers including local Vanier teacher Carol Jokanovich, are helping to eliminate poverty and substandard housing worldwide. Coats and Gordon, both local teachers, say they are excited to be leading their first Global Village team.
Honduras, they say, is the second-largest country in Central America and is a land of lush mountains and beautiful coastlines. Amidst its pre-Columbian history, Honduras is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, burdened with high unemployment (28 per cent) and substandard housing for over 700,000 people.
This will be the second Global Village trip for Gordon. In 2003 she volunteered on a building trip to Costa Rica.
“It was an amazing experience,” Gordon says. “The work was difficult and the days were long, but the most rewarding aspect was working with the families and interacting with the children. People are living in quite harsh conditions. It really does change the lives of many families.”
Having travelled through 35 countries over the years, Coats has always wanted to combine his desire to contribute with an interest in other cultures. Honduras marks the first Habitat for Humanity Global Village experience for him.
“I am excited to have this opportunity with Habitat to work side-by-side with a family while we all build them a decent home,” Coats says, “and we are hoping that this is just the first of many GV trips in the years to come.”
Both Gordon and Coats participated in the first Habitat for Humanity Comox Valley build during the summer of 2005. They say it was exciting to be a part of that local experience as a volunteer.
The Global Village Program, through Habitat for Humanity, introduces concerned volunteers to hands-on homebuilding work around the world in areas where the tragedy of poverty housing is acute.
Global Village volunteer work teams experience another culture and become partners with people of that culture. As partners, teams help build a true “global village” of compassion, homes, families and hope.
Learn more about being a Volunteer in Honduras.