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March 19, 2010
Santa Rosa de Copán, Honduras

Happy Father's Day (if you happen to be in Honduras). Life is on a roll with the Moses Project and La Roca and for some reason our days only seem to have 21 hours (missing that extra 3 hrs needed to keep the web updated...)

The Moses Project has stepped it up another level. This year we moved to the permanent residence of the project in El Carrizal -- just in time to start the new year. Not all rooms had the lights installed yet when we moved, but the critical points were in place: bathrooms and kitchen. By the time everybody had arrived, we had all the lights installed and life was good.

Nine boys joined us this year, the first time we've brought in more than 8. We actually brought in 10 boys, but one boy had to leave after one week. This 10th boy has no parents and had to leave to raise his younger sisters when his older brother decided to make an attempt at crossing the Rio Grande to try the American dream.

Another one of our new students was telling me the first week about his uncle who recently had to "escape" from Guatemala over to Honduras. He had apparently fallen in the bad books of some drug lord there and one night made a break for the border. Being an inginious type of person, he put his cowboy hat on top of the fence post as he squeezed through the lower wires. Coming out the other side of the fence as hastily as possible, he found his hat riddled with bullet holes. We're not talking about Vietnam some 40 years ago; we're talking about the nature of the environment that our boys come from to join the Moses Project.

In moving to the new farm at El Carrizal, the Moses Project tackled 4 main obstacles:

  • Power: check
  • Water: check (now we have projects to purify the water for drinking and improving the collection at the source since this is an unprotected artesian well)
  • Residence: check (although we continue to develop the second floor)
  • Transportation: we haven't conquered this dragon yet. There is an agreement in place between the municipality of Santa Rosa de Copán and the community association of El Carrizal (too small for a mayor or council) to concrete the exit from Santa Rosa de Copán, but the promises of execution of this commitment have come and gone several times over the past year. Frankly the desire exceeds the resources. As a result, we lost our contract bus transportation as the owner determined that the road was simply too rough and was causing too much damage to his little bus, leaving us running two trips each at 5pm and again at 10pm with the Isuzu pickup to take the boys to and from junior high.
  • To the community of Eivissa on the island of Baleares, about 150km southeast of Valencia, Spain, we have submitted an application for funding the development of the processing shops for the agricultural component of Project Moses. This is a 12m x 16m building that contains two large kitchens plus a warehouse. The significance in this application is not just the value of it and the potential impact it would have on the development of the Moses Project farm, but it is also the first time we have actively pursued funding outside of Canada. In the past, we have benefited from funding from Finland for the arts programs in La Roca, but the funding process was entirely managed by the local House of Culture. Internally in Honduras, we have received financial assistance from the municipality of Santa Rosa de Copán and UNICEF - both in terms of development projects related to La Roca. So, this is a large step for us and we trust that this is the start of a truly international cooperation for us in the development of leaders for rural Honduras.

    Ian Rose and his wife Mary were down for a brief visit in early March, helping us to determine ways to raise funds targetted to specific projects that make up the year's program. We appreciate their participation and are always seeking monthly sponsors to help cover the daily costs of running the program. Plus, we're still looking to raise somewhere in the range of $50,000 to complete the construction of phase 3 as well as our quarterly $12,750 payments for the land (which drops to $5,700 at the end of this year), so if you have any great ideas or are willing to share your blessings with these future leaders that we are raising up from rural Honduras, please contact us at phil@timko.ca. Alternatively, check out our Fundraising Campaign or Donate pages to get involved. See the Donate page to find out how Alberta residents can get 50% of their donation back (or simply double up your donation...).

    We always welcome your feedback, so feel free to contact me at phil@timko.ca.