Nadia Castro


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Community Engagement Brings Clean Water

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 28, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Nadia Castro posted in Water, Impact Stories, WV, Honduras

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Beautiful red flowers and green trees line the path leading to the home of Mrs. Xiomara Zelaya. An attractive flower garden adorns her home. It wasn’t always like this. Having a garden wasn't possible a year ago.

“It was hard waking up each day at 4:00 am to go outside in the dark and try and find water in the little creek,” says Xiomara. Each day she faced a two kilometer walk in search for water. During the hot summer months, the creek would dry up and it took much longer to find water.

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The Driving Force of Knowledge

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 7, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Nadia Castro posted in Economic Empowerment, Impact Stories, WV, Honduras

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Secundina’s hillside plot

Early morning, with a soft breeze blowing up the hillside, we catch Secundina Aquino working the soil with a hoe on the plot of land that she is currently cultivating with her savings group. Secundina and her savings group are learning new agricultural techniques to farm tomatoes and green bell peppers.

Secundina is a strong, active woman who is driven to learn new agricultural techniques. But she didn’t always have this knowledge. Her husband Juan Ramón Ramirez worked as a day laborer on other farms and only earned five dollars per day during harvest season. She recalls, “It was a struggle to try to feed all of our children with only five dollars per day; it was never enough.”

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A Mother’s Change of Heart

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 27, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Nadia Castro posted in Christian Discipleship, Impact Stories, WV, Honduras

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Carmen and Kevin read a Bible lesson together

¨My mother doesn’t love me,” eleven-year-old Kevin used to say. He is shy, but strong-willed. There was a time he would repeat this phrase to his mother Carmen Cruz, 32. Carmen remembers it was hard for her to learn how to love and show tenderness to Kevin because it wasn´t how she was brought up.

Carmen was raised by her grandparents because her mother couldn’t care for her. She remembers the lack of love and affection from her mother and that´s why she tries to be there for Kevin, to break the cycle and repeat what had happened to her. Carmen recalls seasons where Kevin would rebel in school and fight against his teachers and parents.

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A New Way To Harvest

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 16, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Nadia Castro posted in Economic Empowerment, Impact Stories, WV, Honduras

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Ermis cuts back excess leaves to increase his bell pepper production

Walking up a steep hill, I arrive at a beautiful green bell pepper and tomato plot. It's early in the morning and the breeze is blowing from north to south. Continuing, I find Ermis Ramos cutting away excess leaves around the green bell peppers. He explains that by removing some of the leaves, the pepper will have more space to grow to full size. Ermis says, “I have learned new practices and techniques that were unknown to me, this new knowledge is priceless to me because no one will take it away.”

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We Have Everything

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 20, 2019 10:57:00 AM / by Nadia Castro posted in Water, Impact Stories, WV, Honduras

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 The morning sun shines on a small house at the end of a rocky road. The green lawn and beautiful pink flowers surround the home of Mr. Eliseo Mendez and his sister Maria Patricia Mendez. They have lived in La Panila, Honduras, for over 12 years and only recently received water at their house. Eliseo is a teacher at the same local school where he attended as a little boy. He remembers growing up without access to water at their house. “We would wake up early and walk 20 minutes to a well in the mountain, gather the water with our buckets and then walk back down. Somedays we would walk up to four times,” says Eliseo.

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