Febryuary 27, 2012
Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras
Stories from the 'new boys'
In the last news update, I provided stories from one of our current 3rd year boys as well as Raul -- both of whom were up in Washington compliments of the US State Department. This time, I want to provide exerpts from the stories of 2 of the boys who just joined us this year to start their 3 year adventure with the Moses Project.
José Santiago Mejía:
16 years old
from San Antonio, Dolores, Copán
8 siblings plus mom
"... For me to finally be here, after waiting for one year, means the hope of a better future, an opportunity to learn, acquire and develop knowledge about techniques and agriculture. I would like one day to help my community that is very poor as well as my family. In addition, a lot of our villages want an opportunity like this and now that I have it, I must take advantage of it to the max.
In my village, life is hard. One has to work every day just to survive with few opportunities. We do have springs, so we have water and work in agriculture, but it is difficult to achieve profitability.
In my house there are 8 of us plus my mom. All are grown up and 6 of my brothers have families. I lived with my mom since my dad is gone.
I dream one day of being a professional and with the technical knowledge that I will learn here, to put up my own shop, whether it is carpentry or welding, and above all, to be able to help my community and my family. I would also like to be able to train other youth and adults in my village with what I learn here.
It hurts to leave my mom, but I have to seek a better future to be able to return and help her."
Jose Sady Mejía:
17 years old
from Naranjito, El Paraiso, Copán
9 siblings, both parents
"Life in my village is very hard; the work opportunities are very few. The only source of employment is the most basic of agriculture helpers like carrying firewood. Due to these conditions, the scarcity of money and the distance required to find a junior high or high school, we are very limited in our ability to go to school.
Because of this, knowing that people from the Moses Project (that we had heard about) were going to be in La Playona, El Paraiso, there was no doubt in my mind regarding the 3 hour walk to get there to see if they would accept me even though I didn't even have an application.
At home there are 9 siblings plus my parents – all living in our house.
I dream that one day I'll graduate from the Project, graduate from high school and, if possible, be able to continue studying to help my family. It was difficult to leave my family, but I need to improve my life and one day be able to help or support them so that my parents can have a better life."
Both of these young men are the masters of understatement as I am quite familiar with the regions they come from. Survival is the objective in most cases rather than improving one's lot in life. That passion to be something more than what they see around them is the spark that we are looking for each year when we go through the recruiting / selection process.
Jose Sady failed to mention one prominent job opportunity from his region -- drug runners. This young man lives smack in the middle of the main drug route connecting Honduras with Guatemala. For many, the limited options and the wealth available cause them to see a career with the drug cartels the same way that we might see a career in fishing if we were to live on the sea.
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