Laurine: “I’m thrilled to have made my contribution to HCA and I look forward to coming back.”
My name is Laurine and I’m 23 years old. I went to do humanitarian work during my gap year. I decided to get involved with AIME and especially in Honduras because I thought the project was simply wonderful and we had a lot of room to manoeuvre. So I arrived in Honduras in February 2019 and I stayed in the village of El Porvenir for 6-7 months. I was clearly frightened by the very idea of going to a country like Honduras because of all that we hear about the current climate there. But very soon I fell in love with this country and the village of El Porvenir, located on the Caribbean Coast.
The project has been solidly established in the village for almost 10 years, which allows the Association to have a certain network on the spot and to be able to offer an educational program to the children in 3 different locations in El Porvenir. We call our structures PEP Centro, PEP 2 and PEP 3.
First of all, it is important to know that in Honduras children go to school only in the morning or in the afternoon. So we intervene during the other part of their day. The goal of the Honduras Child Alliance is to provide a safe place for children with rules and values while allowing them to express themselves. The week is organized around 3 major themes: English / art & science / computer and Spanish literature. The children are in no way obliged to come, it’s up to them whether they want to or not.
In addition, HCA has developed a food program that allows us to offer the children a snack every day in the form of a snack but balanced!
It’s fascinating to see their interest and to see them grow a little more every day. They are full of energy but still very caring. They are curious and at the same time uncomfortable when faced with too many changes. I have been fortunate enough to be there for a long time and to be able to make real bonds and connections with them. I look forward to following the course of their adventures but especially to return to El Porvenir to see how they have grown.
Being in a class with children requires a lot of preparation beforehand: preparation of the programs for the everyday children of all PEP classes, preparation of the SNACK, organizing the material for each class, etc. But the reward is more than worth these efforts.
We also intervene with the adults of El Porvenir by offering them English classes twice a week divided into 4 levels. We organize sessions of 3 months during which they can almost benefit from a private teacher. It is very enriching to be able to have such a close relationship with the adults of the community. It’s also (let’s be honest) relaxing to work with adults.