Last week, Habitat Wake’s board chair, Rick Brajer and I travelled to Honduras to be a part of the festivities marking the completion of Habitat Honduras’ Villa Rosario project. The final 11 of 32 homes were complete as well as a community center and playground/park. The park is named, Parque Wake County, in honor of our commitment and funding of the work in the community. I got to shoot the first shot on the basketball goal which, unfortunately missed, but then I noticed that the goal was maybe 8-1/2 feet high so I promptly dunked the 2nd shot! Then about 100 very eager and excited kids ran through the gates enjoying an amenity we take for granted in our backyards, but they have never seen before. They knew what to do!
Habitat’s mission statement says, “Seeking to demonstrate God’s love, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. The Villa Rosario project is definitely more than building a home—an entire community was built along with some really cool and appreciated amenities. Hondurans and North Carolinians built the community side-by-side and I’m confident that God’s love was indeed demonstrated.
And now, we are on to a new project in Honduras, called Nah—which is the Mayan word for home. Nah is a 500 home project that will be built over 5 years in Santa Rosa, Copan. Banco Occidente, Honduras’ largest bank, headquartered in Santa Rosa has made a commitment to donate $100,000 USD each year for five years to the project. It is a blessing for Habitat Wake to be a significant partner in this exciting work in the midst of such great need!