Thursday, July 29, 2010

The OYE Family Adopts Two More

The OYE Family Adopts Two More

On Saturday, July 24th OYE opened its doors to two new volunteers. Lucia and Natalia came down to experience the culture of Honduras and see exactly what it is OYE does here. Their parents, OYE supporters as well, also had a chance to meet the students and staff here in
At a panel discussion, held outside due to the oppressive heat that takes over our offices when the electricity is out, the family met OYE. Over 10 of OYE’s scholarship students presented themselves and their projects to the family, reflecting on what OYE has done for them, and what they hope to do for their communities.

While the parents left, impressed after that first encounter, Lucia and Natalia stayed to learn more about the organization. We spent Sunday in the OYE offices planning murals and getting to know the OYE students. By Monday a crowd of OYE students arrived to participate in the beautification of OYE’s new offices. While myself and the volunteers contributed our amateur painting and design skills, Gerald Velasquez, a member of OYE Ritmo, supervised and led our team. If I do say so myself, the murals turned out pretty well.

In addition to familiarizing themselves with OYE and its students, we visited Coprome. Coprome is an orphange located here in Honduras that has always had a strong association with OYE. We were joined again by the parents and together learned about Coprome. Playing with the children and seeing another NGO here that is dedicated to empowerment through education was a powerful reminder that what we are doing is important.

The interaction of Natalia and Lucia with OYE’s becados and the cultural exchanges of youth reaffirmed my dedication to the cause and style of OYE. Bringing youth together and encouraging them to achieve their greatest potential is an inspiring and worthwhile cause. We hope that Natalia and Lucia will remember this experience and take the fight with them back to the US, where they can continue to support OYE.

1 comment:

Kat said...

Gerald has MAD skills! I am so proud of him.

can't wait to see the pictures!