Monday, July 7, 2014

APRIL, MAY AND JUNE 2014

These past three months have been very intense and full of experiences in our community and mission.  The fact that we are in two diffeent cities and in two parishes has given us the oppportunity to respond to different needs and challenges.
 

The main one is the formation of Andrea, our postulant.  We have been very fortunate to have had Sr. Marina Mejía with us, mainly in Tegucigalpa for six weeks.  Certainly Andrea has benefitted from Sr. Marina's insights and depth.  However, we as a community have also profitted from her presence. 
 
 
 
 
Two of us had Sr. Marina directing our annual retreat.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Also, we will never forget the day of prayer she facilitated for all of us with the theme of the Eucharist, which is so much in her heart and an integral part of her life.
 
These months in Tegucigalpa have been a time to get to know the people and insert ourselves in the parish,  "El Divino Niño", especially in "Las Casitas", a poor village close to where we live.

 
Andrea has been able to minister to the children and youth, and Sr. Deysi has been meeting with different parish groups and giving formation to the catechists.
 
In Guaimaca, we continue our ministry to the young women at the Marie Poussepin Center and accompany them in the different aspects of their comprehensive formation. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Clinic has been welcoming different brigades from the USA that generously help us to respond to the basic healthcare and dental needs of the people.
 

The dry season has been a challenge at the farm, but thanks to the irrigation system we have been able to produce peppers, tomatoes, kidney beans, tapioca and corn. 
 
 
 

 
We look forward to a good crop of peppers and tomatoes in a few months.
 

 
 
 


 
All these activities are possible thanks to the generous support of many benefactors. 
It is a joy for us to see our farm workers, tutors and helpers at the clinic,
owning the mission and collaborating in making it a reality that benefits others.

Monday, April 7, 2014

A NEW YEAR AND A NEW PAGE IN OUR LIVES!

The following pictures depict what we have been living in Honduras

during these first months of 2014:

 
Groups coming from Massachusetts
and from North Carolina

 

A good occasion to be all together

 
Fr. Craig Pregana came back with the group
he originally came  to visit several years ago.
 

We also celebrated Sr. María's birthday
Pam and Lydia with Mariboni, a CMP alumni
who will graduate this year from the University.
 

Los "Cuatro Amigos" en La Nava







Friends from Lexington
 



Students from the US helping
students from the CMP

Making sure there is enough irrigation in the macro tunnels

Suyapa, the mother of some of our graduates gets her primary education certificate...
She was taught by her daughters.
 


Sr. Vimala Vadakumpadan,
our Vice Provincial Superior
and her councilors:
Sr. Mónica Teresa García and
Sr. Marta Inés Toro,
have their meeting in Guaimaca.





Andrea López, our first Honduran postulant,
as she asks to initiate her formation.



An occasion to celebrate together!





Sr. Vimala Vadakumpadan and Sr. María Ceballos
rejoice with our first postulant
The Honduran Community now has eight members in two houses:
four in Guaimaca and three in Tegucigalpa with our postulant!  

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

GRADUATIONS AND INAUGURATION!


On this Christmas Day,
 we would like to share some of the joys and accomplishments
of our mission in Honduras during this month of December:

CMP Graduation

On December 2nd, the 6th CMP graduating class presented and defended their Social Project on Alphabetization.  They had taught 11 adults in one of the three levels of Primary education.  They not only obtained a 100% grade, but were congratulated by the examining board as the best among 3,000 pupils they had examined.

 
The case of Suyapa, mother of five children, is worth to mention:  One of her daughters, who graduated from the CMP two years ago, taught her the first level. Another daughter, who graduated a year ago, guided her through the second level.  This year, it was her niece who taught her the third level, which allowed her to complete the 6 years of primary education! This niece is part of the same house hold (about 10 adults live in a two room house in the mountains, without running water or electricity).

 
The following Friday, December 6th, we had a thanksgiving Eucharist, celebrated by Fr. Jonathan, with the participation of staff and families.  Our volunteers from the USA were also present in spirit.
The graduates with Sisters Olga, Teresa María, Marta Inés and María
Rejoicing!


Potable Water for Sixty Families

Bill Kearny, from Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Seekonk, MA, one of the first comers to the mission in Guaimaca with the Diocesan groups, started five years ago to move a project to bring potable water to a very deprived area. Being an engineer himself, he enlisted the commitment of the Boston Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, who throughout these years has had about twenty people working on the project in different capacities.  Many have come to Guaimaca, work on obtaining funding and together realized studies and provide technical assistance.

The project serves the families of three villages: Aguacatillo, Maraquito and part of  La Calona in Guaimaca.  Most of them only had the polluted river water for all their needs. Needless to say that illnesses were rampart in the area.

The EWB (Engineers Without Borders) teamed up during these five years with the Water Board of the three villages, the City of Guaimaca, who assisted with some equipment and materials and the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, who acted as a liaison between groups. 

Sr. María shairng the history of the project


After these years of many trips to Guaimaca, intense work, training of the people in the area, the people started having running water on December 18th, when the project was inaugurated. 

Sr. Marta giving a financial report


Some of the families

Standing room only


















 Claire Barker who coordinated the project during the last two years, and David Ramos, a Honduran native and member of the EWB Boston Chapter were present, as well as Dr. Nelson Chávez, mayor of Guaimaca, the Dominican Sisters, the Water Board and many people from the three villages.
Claire Barker speaks on the name of the EWB
Potable water at last!
Dr. Chávez cutting the ribbon
It was certainly a joyful day
that marked a new beginning
for many people! 

First University Graduate

Thanks to the openness of the University of Agriculture in Catacamas and the generosity of several benefactors, several CMP graduates went on to pursue university studies in 2010.  Now after four years of perseverance and intense study Patricia López graduated on December 21st. She has now her Bachelors in Natural Resources and Environment and is ready to move on as a professional to contribute to the betterment of her country.

  
Sisters María Ceballos, Teresa María Abelló and Marta Inés Toro, accompanied her.  It was a happy moment for her parents and family members.  We were glad to have been able to express our gratitude to the different university officials.

We thank all those who in different ways
have supported our university students!




Saturday, November 23, 2013

OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER IN GUAIMACA


These moths have been full of activities in our community and mission.  Here are a few glimpses of some the moments and events lived:

Baptism of some of the students who had been prepared for this moment thoroughout the year


St. Nicholas' Parish group volunteering at the Farm

Bringing lots of supplies for the school and the clinic

Getting to know more the mission

Math Olimpiads in which our students from the Marie Poussepin Center compitted with other local high school students.

Two of our students obtained the second place

They compitted with older students from other schools

Very good affirmation for our students and tutors!
Two vocation discernment retreats  
The young women were much  more centered and some even considered some decisions