In November of 2018, Alex Ray joined Honduras Hope for an unforgettable trip to the Yoro region of Honduras.
Honduras Hope is a small nonprofit based in New Hampshire that works in several impoverished communities in rural Honduras. Thanks to Becky Carey at Dartmouth College, a friend of Honduras Hope board member Alex Ray, HH was connected with LuminAID. LuminAID co-founder, Anna Stork, studied engineering as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College, and has remained an active member of the Dartmouth community. The following is an excerpt from a November 19th press release issued by Honduras Hope:
“Ray remembered LuminAID from a request Carey had made the year before for help in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria that resulted in Ray delivering cases of their unique inflatable lanterns to areas that went without power for months. This month he called LuminAID again and asked if they would be willing to donate those same lanterns, this time to the rural communities of San Jose de Machigua and Plan Grande, in the Yoro region of Honduras. Not only did LuminAID give an immediate yes, they shipped the lanterns overnight for the trip to Honduras later that very week.
As they do every quarter, Honduras Hope board members and friends traveled to their sister communities in the mountains of Honduras, this time with LuminAID lanterns in tow, for villages that have never had power. HH Coordinator Bill Briggs and Alex Ray distributed the inflatable solar lanterns to the Patronato – the community councils that govern each village. Rosa, Munchomurio, and Nicolas of San Jose de Machigua and Anita of Plan Grande gratefully received the lantern donations on behalf of their communities and are organizing their use at community buildings for evening health care, schooling and tutoring, and other needs. They are also developing a lending program for families to be able to use the lanterns for reading and study at night. The communities were enthusiastic and grateful for the illumination!
Honduras Hope extends its thanks to LuminAID for donating something as tangible as light in communities where it gets dark by 6 at night and for being such cheerful and responsive sponsors. Honduras Hope is a 501(c)3 non-profit supporting health, education, and entrepreneurship in rural Honduras. Find out more or donate at www.hondurashope.org.”
“All in all it was a great trip, made significantly more productive by giving our sister communities real help with light for their community buildings and homes.” - Alex Ray, Honduras Hope Board Member
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