On yesterday, March 18, 2011, I hosted the very first celebration in the Mercedes Community located in El Progreso Honduras. This is the community that I and the three other volunteers from Mary Baldwin College (Suyapa a.k.a Shawnay, Susan a.k.a Shanee and Karina a.k.a A'ra) have been investigating. After a month of observing and interacting with the community as a part of my social work internship, I learned that they needed an event to unify them and to celebrate just how far they have come since Hurricane Mitch changed their lives and removed them from their previous homes. Throughout the research investigation, the community members complained of not knowing their neighbors and not spending time with others outside of their homes.
With the help of Lizeth, the secretary of Las Mercedes, I helped recruit the youth in the community to put on performances. The youth range in age from 3-16. Juan Luis, a close companion of OYE, spoke about the the history of the community before presenting them with a 'welcome sign' put together by myself and Gerald, an OYE scholar. Of course the rest of OYE was in attendance. Some helped paint an 'M' on the faces of the children symbolizing Mercedes and others played in the grand finale soccer game against the soccer team in the Las Mercedes community.
Punta Dance Contest
The Community Together for the very first time!!
The soccer game!! GOOOOO TEAMS!!
Johnny, a volunteer of Comvida, was the MC of the evening. His energy and compassion for helping others helped the event run smoothly. Thank you Johnny. He also helped OYE in the Soccer game against Las Mercedes Community.
Juan Luis presenting the history of the community.
The event was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who helped me make the celebration happen for the community.