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Made to Last: Building Trust in Balfate

By Joseph Russell As a student of international development, one topic rarely discussed in readings or the classroom is relationships. How do you build trust in the community where you will be working? How do you navigate the personalities of a community’s leadership? How do you empower without patronizing? These are questions that Project Honduras had…

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Taking On Water: Anatomy of a Project Honduras Development Project

By Louise Ashton and Chris McCall Development work can at times be baffling. Even with deliberate and substantial research, the best laid plans are met with complications and unforeseen obstacles. Members of GPPI’s Project Honduras are learning this lesson first hand as they continue to advance their main long-term initiative of improving household water sanitation…

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Project Honduras 2009/2010

Project Honduras 2009/2010 has geared up and is in full swing. There is a brand new team of students led by 2nd year students and returning Project Honduras team members, Marika Butler and Ryan Carrington. While the trip to Roatán is not planned until March, the team has been selected and is already knees deep…

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Project Honduras 2008/2009: Tongue, teeth, and gums!

In addition to lessons on environmental protection, members of Project Honduras taught dental hygiene to students in first through sixth grades. The goal of the curriculum was to teach the importance of dental hygiene and to design a feasible system for students to brush their teeth on a daily basis. This project was selected because…

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Project Honduras 2008/2009: Using Song, Games, and Crafts to Teach about the Environment

While in Roatán, the members of the Project Honduras Curriculum Committee implemented an environmental protection curriculum. The curriculum was designed so children could see how their actions impacted the surrounding environment. We decided to teach this particular aspect because Roatán is surrounded by the Mesoamerican coral reef. If residents of La Colonia litter or produce…

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Project Honduras 2008/2009: Back from Roatan

The members of GPPI Project Honduras have returned from Roatan with new insight into the island politics and educational structure. While on the island, members of the group focused on three areas: environmental protection, dental health, and water access. Through teaching in the school, meeting with various community leaders and politicians and talking to community…

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Project Honduras 2008/2009: Off to Roatan…

Members of Project Honduras are just hours away from an early morning flight to Roatán. Making the trip down with us are several suitcases filled with school and dental supplies, which were kindly donated by friends, family, and a number of generous donors. Moreover, members of the GPPI community helped us raise $8,000 at last…

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Project Honduras 2008/2009: Final Stages of Planning

Two weeks from today, GPPI’s Project Honduras will depart for Roatan. To prepare for the trip, the group has collected school and dental supplies from many individuals and organizations, including Highlights for Children Magazine and Dr. David Halpern of Columbia Smiles Family Dentistry. These tools will enable the group to implement the curricula they designed…

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Project Honduras 2008/2009: Fundraising Underway

Students from Project Honduras depart in less than 3 months and preparations are underway to ensure that the students have the resources needed to execute their planned projects . There are several fundraising activities planned for this semester, such as the GPPI annual service auction on February 26th.  Members of the community will have the…