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CEO for Habitat for Humanity of Collin County. Four beautiful children and an amazing husband are the support that makes me strong. I love the outdoors, camping, kayaking, music, and spending time with my family.f

Tour of the City -Gracias Lempira

We had our orientation this morning. Lempira means “Lord of the Mountains” We got Habitat Honduras shirts and hats! The shirts say Somos albaniles which is the quote made famous by the newly Sainted Bishop Oscar Romero from El Salvador. We then did a walking tour of the City. We visited 3 of the 4 churches. San Sebastián, San Marcos, and Santa Lucia.

We had an amazing lunch at the home of a local artist, Jose Eduardo. He’s also an amazing chef. He shared his current artwork with us. It told of a story of a crazy man and woman that live in the City. (See photo of his artwork)

Then we went to Parque Nacional Celaque. There are 287 different species of birds.

We then went to Fuerte San Cristobal (Fort)it is just above our hotel.


Tonight after dinner we’ll go to mass at one of the churches we visited earlier today!


Habitat Honduras

Jose joined us this morning. He shared all the Honduras stats with us. They annually build 2000 Housing solutions. 500 are new homes. They have 20 global village teams.

The budget is $9M and 90% comes from the fund for humanity (mortgage payments)

10% comes from Global Village teams.

The average monthly minimum wage to qualify for Habitat is $400. 25 % of the population here has no access to water.

Today we traveled to Gracias Lempira via Lake Yojoa where we stopped for lunch for some amazing fish grown in the lake. They made pickled onions and cabbage to eat with the fish and plantains.

Our tithe at work…..

In Puerto Lempira, 184 homes have been built by Habitat.