17-year-old visits for customized volunteer project

August 12, 2015
This project has been in the works for several months, and when we all met at the airport for the first time in person, I couldn’t tell who was more excited.  Anne Rodgers, 17, wanted to do her senior thesis project on gender disparity in education in developing countries.  She found the Chispa Project like most of our volunteers – chance and circumstance (read more of her story here).  Anne, and her mother Elizabeth Rodgers, came to Honduras to stay in El Sauce for a week of volunteer work in schools.

Anne’s original project idea was a coloring book that would tell a story about why and how education was important for both boys and girls.  This week, she brought 300 coloring books and packs of crayons.  With the permission of local schools, we talked with students grades K-6 about their thoughts on education importance and why or how they saw a difference in education between boys and girls. 

Anne didn’t stop here, however.  Several months ago, after we related the need to renovate a local kindergarten, Anne committed to raising the necessary $7,000.  She is to approximately half her goal, and during her visit was able to meet with the El Sauce community to discuss the renovations. 

At the end of Anne’s visit, the community surprised us all with a celebratory dinner with talent acts put on by the students and community members.  They then presented us with keys to the town.  It is always humbling to be welcomed into communities like this, and it is what drives us to continue.  Stay tune on the blog to hear more about El Sauce’s kindergarten developments, the continued distribution of coloring books, and Anne’s completion of her thesis.  Thanks, Anne, for all your hard work!