During the Fall 2010 visit to Honduras, the main team of Carpenteros went directly from Tegucigalpa to the work-site village of Azacualpa, in extreme south-west Honduras.
Meanwhile, Ken and Maria Vanderlaan and Ken Bosveld spent five days visiting communities in Olancho, to meet with the El Carrizal coffee growers and education fund students, to check on the progress of the El Guanabano pig farming and moringa tree projects, and to hear from members of a number of micro-credit cooperatives.
Since 2010, the Carpenteros have been working closely with a group of farmers in rural Olancho Department to export their premium 'direct trade' coffee to Canada. Many of the members of the 'Association of Olancho River Coffee Growers' are members of the El Carrizal Christian Reformed Church, and proceeds from coffee sales in Canada have helped to provide further training and equipment for the continued improvement of their coffee crop.
In November/December 2012, a team of 14 Carpenteros served in the community of La Barranquilla, Chuloteca, Honduras. Aside from a one-day visit by a team of Carpenteros in 2011, this was the first team of North America volunteers to serve in this community. While the work projects focused on pouring concrete floors into homes which only had dirt floors, much of the team's time was spent building friendships, getting to understand, and pour hope into the lives of the people of La Barranquilla.
One of the members of the team to La Barranquilla was Chris Reynolds, President of Investment Planning Counsel of Canada, and Chris not only shares his observations and reflections of his time in Honduras, but also how it has opened his eyes and heart to a deeper understanding of their plight and a deeper appreciation for what we in Canada have been blessed with.
Sat., Feb. 9, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Dundas Calvin Christian School
The Carpenteros and Friends depend on a dedicated team of volunteers. In addition to offering financial support, we invite you to learn more about the various ways how you can help our brothers and sisters in Honduras.