Global Partnerships is a Seattle-based nonprofit that supports groups in Central America who are working to eliminate poverty in their countries. As part of educating people about the issues, Global Partnerships offers tours to the countries they serve--Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala. This fall, the tour is to Guatemala.
I traveled to Honduras in April 2005. We visited several villages and met the people, mostly women, who are receiving small grants to start or improve their local businesses. We also met their families, members of the community, government officials and those running the local lending organization. I learned so much about Honduras and how the issues of poverty are being addressed. I also had an opportunity to see some of the tourist sights. When I returned home, I felt I had really seen a country from all sides and met some wonderful people along the way. The Global Partnerships team were terrific. Well organized, they offered many options for us in the planning process and in Honduras. We all had a great time, felt very well cared for and came away with a new understanding of Central America and its people.