TLC Community Project Makes a Big Impact

Written By Yudy Canelas

 

I submitted a proposal to TLC requesting a small investment toward a jewelry-making community project and was approved to receive the funding.

 

The original idea of the project was at a local community at the church five minutes away from o La Ceiba´s dump  where people go there to look for plastic bottles, useful stuffs from the garbage for recycling so that they can make their daily living, however the pastor from the church stated that recently there were some safety issues  and that he was concerned about it for the tutors, besides that someone was living in the place where the lessons were going to be taught.

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I looked for another church of a pastor who works for Carolinas’ healthcare foundation. He liked the project and his wife, Leslie helped me to communicate to the people around the community.

 

It took place in a really rural community called La Mayo, it is about 40 minutes away from La Ceiba. The project started on Sunday 26th at 9:00 am and it finished at 2:00 pm. There were two tutors giving the classes and I was making sure that everything was well organized, and I also was supporting the ten ladies.

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Anahi, one of the tutors that I hired told her mother Mirian about this project and she volunteered for it. She gave a small speech about entrepreneurship and she gave a testimony about her little jewelry business. She also belongs to a small psychological motivation group. 

 

By lunchtime we served some chicken sandwiches and the ladies brought their children to the church. We did like Jesus with the bread and fish because there were many people.

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The ladies learned how to make a purse and two earrings’ style. You may be wondering about the follow up for this project, that is totally understandable. We will go back to do another session in September. We left some products so that they would be able to practice and there are two goals, one personal goal and a team goal.

 

The personal goal is if someone makes about 5 different products by the time we go back, we will give Lps 200 bonus

 

The team goal is to get all of them organized as a cooperative and make products and resell them and save the money, so that they can support themselves obtaining the profits.

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One of the learners stated, “People lack of many opportunities and now we can focus in something else, rather than just seeing people passed by and wait until our husbands and children come back home”.

 

I really want to thank you under the name of these ladies who took benefited of this project, personally I'm truly grateful from the bottom of my heart for the special opportunity that you gave me. I just wanted to let you know how generous and supportive I think you are.

 

Sincerely,

 

Yudy Canelas

 

An Abundance of Grace - Honduras trip provides students with a rich cultural experience

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A presidential election crisis. Mass demonstrations. Political unrest. Police crackdowns.

Sounds like scenarios across the globe over the last two years: United States, France, Kenya, Britain, Italy.

But in this case it is Honduras.

Lafayette students and faculty were there soon after votes were cast, but they were far removed from the turmoil.

In a remote location within a large national forest....

To read the full article, click here.

 

 

TLC Launches 17 New Graduates!

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The Leadership Center hosted its graduation for two cohorts - Cohort 6 and Cohort 7 - on Saturday, March 17th. Between the two groups, we graduated 17 students, who are preparing to launch into the next chapter of their lives. 

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Cohort 7 Grad

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Some have already launched small businesses; some are seeking employment opportunities with bilingual schools, NGOs, or other businesses; and some plan to continue their studies. Leadership Mission International is extremely proud of their accomplishments, and we look forward to following them on their professional and academic journeys in the coming years.

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Cohort 6 Grad

Nely with TLC President, Joseph Rahm

Lessons in Gardening, Lessons in Life

I like nature because I love its Creator.

I enjoy working in the gardens because of what happens in them.  It is amazing because it’s God’s hand that makes life possible.  My experience of working as a gardening has been great, especially when I am watering the plants.  When I am watering the plants, I have a lot of time to think; I think of many things that have happened in my life and I also think about the future.

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The truth is that I enjoy every work that a gardener has. I enjoy the entire process.  Starting with the preparation of the land and soil to the harvest. I enjoy the whole process because it reminds me of the spiritual life. I think in how God prepares me and how he is always taking care of me as I have to do with the garden plants.

During my time of working in the gardens I have learned many things. I have learned how to be patient for the harvest.  I have learned that I need to take care of the deeds if I want them to grow, because if I don’t take care of them they won’t’ grow and I won’t’ get anything out of it!

The most important thing I have learned is that if I want to harvest something [in life], I must plant first.

Written by first year student: Angeles Silva

TLC Receives 2017 Super Service Challenge Award!

 The Leadership Center is humbled and honored to have received recognition of our mission from a nationwide movement called the Super Service Challenge. Founded in 2011, the Super Service Challenge mission is "driven by the idea that people and teams grow stronger when they join together to serve causes they care about." They believe in promoting volunteerism and allowing individuals and groups to share their stories of service from around the world. Each year they recognize stories and videos from people who are involved in missions and service projects. They promote the organization and encourage people to give to and serve with an organization and cause they are passionate about. The Super Service Challenge believes one of the best ways to encourage engagement is through joining together in service.  Click  here  to view the video that received the award and recognition.   This video was created and submitted by a team from Northern Virginia, led by Kathy Albarado from Helios, HR firm. In 2017, they traveled to The Leadership Center campus in Honduras to serve for a week. Aside from Kathy, this was the first trip down for the rest of the team, but a lasting impression was made and an ongoing relationship formed. Individuals from that team have maintained involvement with TLC through sponsorships, stateside volunteerism, communication with students and even return trips to campus. 

The Leadership Center is humbled and honored to have received recognition of our mission from a nationwide movement called the Super Service Challenge. Founded in 2011, the Super Service Challenge mission is "driven by the idea that people and teams grow stronger when they join together to serve causes they care about." They believe in promoting volunteerism and allowing individuals and groups to share their stories of service from around the world. Each year they recognize stories and videos from people who are involved in missions and service projects. They promote the organization and encourage people to give to and serve with an organization and cause they are passionate about. The Super Service Challenge believes one of the best ways to encourage engagement is through joining together in service.

Click here to view the video that received the award and recognition. 

This video was created and submitted by a team from Northern Virginia, led by Kathy Albarado from Helios, HR firm. In 2017, they traveled to The Leadership Center campus in Honduras to serve for a week. Aside from Kathy, this was the first trip down for the rest of the team, but a lasting impression was made and an ongoing relationship formed. Individuals from that team have maintained involvement with TLC through sponsorships, stateside volunteerism, communication with students and even return trips to campus. 

   
  
   
  
    
  
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    All of us at The Leadership Center are thankful for the dedication and service of individuals and teams like this one! If you would like to experience firsthand the amazing students of The Leadership Center, the rich culture of Honduras and the depth of our mission to educate a generation of ethical women leaders, join us for one of our 2018 missions and volunteer teams! More information is available on our  website . For additional questions and information, please email Brielle, brielle.hibma@leadershipmissioninternational.org.

All of us at The Leadership Center are thankful for the dedication and service of individuals and teams like this one! If you would like to experience firsthand the amazing students of The Leadership Center, the rich culture of Honduras and the depth of our mission to educate a generation of ethical women leaders, join us for one of our 2018 missions and volunteer teams! More information is available on our website. For additional questions and information, please email Brielle, brielle.hibma@leadershipmissioninternational.org.

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Reflections on Christmas

In Christmas, we remember the birth of the World’s Savior.  The most powerful king who was born with humility and who has brought peace to our hearts, giving us the best example of love.  

Every Christmas in Honduras we remember the birth of Jesus through the traditional advent celebrations.

We start a few days before Christmas, visiting homes in the community to think about the moments when Mary and Joseph were looking for a place where Mary could give birth to their first-born son, Jesus.  We sing Christmas carols at the front door of every house. Then we share food with the people who participate in this celebration.

On Christmas day, we start very early in the morning to prepare all different kinds of good.  We make Tamales, Torrejas, sweet breads, Empanadas, rice with chicken, squash with honey, baked chicken, salads, fruit cocktail, baked pork and cakes.  In many family, we had a bonfire in our yard and put tables and chairs around it.  Our neighbors, friends relatives and church members come to our house and we share the delicious dinner together.  We talk about our experience during the year and everyone shares their hopes for the new year. 

Christmas brings us together and it reminds us that we should live with humility, peace and love.

-Written by Mary Maldonado, TLC First Year Student

Students Give Back to Their Community in a Big Way

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My name is Danelia

I want to share with you a little bit about my last weekend. One classmate of mine and some of the first-year students went to a village nearby TLC to sell bread. The reason of why we went is because a student’s mom is sick and needs money for a surgery, so we made bread on Saturday and went selling on Sunday. We all were so happy to help.

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It was fun because we met new people and we spent great time together. We went to two soccer fields and we finished selling in the houses around the community. It was nice because we got to share information about our University. People asked what TLC is, how the students get here and what we are studying here, so we took advantage of the opportunity to share about this organization. It was a really nice experience, I enjoyed it!

First Year Students Learn More than English at TLC

My name is Gibelly and I am a first-year student at TLC.

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I have been at TLC for 3 trimesters and have done many things that I have never done before like:

Taking care of the cows in the first quarter. When I learned that I was responsible for caring for the cows and milking them I was like “WOW!”  but with time I felt more comfortable doing it and then I ended up really enjoying it! It helped having another classmate with me too.  We got to name the new baby calf that was born that quarter and we  named it “Keygi” (KAY-JEE) which is a combination of the beginning of  classmates name and mine :)  (Keyli + Gibelly).  I will never forget that experience.

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Here at TLC I have also discovered that I really like to read.  When I go to the library and see all of the books I feel excited and I want to read all of them! Though I know that’s impossible!

I have been learning English at TLC and there are many words that I still don’t understand or that I don’t know how to conjugate yet and that makes it more difficult to read books in English but I hope someday to be able to understand English very well when I am reading.

A dream of mine is to speak English very well and I know that If I practice with other people and try to give my best, I can do it!

I am excited to continue learning new things, meeting new people and discovering what life has for me. 

LMI Book Club

My name is Mairyn Hernandez. I am the leader of the Book Club at The Leadership Center.  I have been doing it for 5 months now. A woman named Mrs. Chris started this club last year when she was teaching. When she left, she asked me to lead it.  I learned from her how to lead a book club. She is very good at doing it and I really enjoy leading it now. 

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The Book Club is attended by some first-year students and second year students. We all meet together every Monday evening to discuss short stories.  The stories are fiction stories but at the end of our discussion everyone is able to find something interesting in the story that we can apply in our lives.  Every story has a moral that we can learn from.

While discussing the story, everyone is able to learn new English words that they don’t know which is good. I think having a book club is a really good way to help first year students learn more English and for second year students to improve their English pronunciation.  I really enjoy this group because it is a good opportunity to build community and have fun together.

I love reading the stories and having good discussions with my classmates!

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