Educational Issues

Texas Businessman Helps Change Lives and Improve Communities in Honduras

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Texas Businessman Helps Change Lives and Improve Communities in Honduras

CIO Provides ‘First World’ Solution to Third World Challenge

What started as a simple dream to help one girl continue her education and fulfill her God-given potential has since grown into a program that is changing the lives of many girls. By providing scholarships and support for girls in developing countries, the POHF allows girls who would otherwise not have such an opportunity continue their education and expand their horizons.

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The First Girl (Part Three)

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The First Girl (Part Three)

The time between my “light bulb moment” and my next visit to Honduras was longer than I wanted. However, I had a chance to really think over the opportunity that was in front of me, and wanted to learn all I could. I also reflected on what I had seen there on the ground.

As I reflected, I realized something. Almost every family I encountered consisted of a woman with multiple children… and no father. Why? Was there something in the culture causing this absence? It all seemed to come back to opportunity—or lack thereof.

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The First Girl (Part Two)

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The First Girl (Part Two)

I left Gissela that day on the mountain and couldn’t stop thinking about the experience. Her situation was sad, and I felt pretty helpless to do anything. What if I just left her all the cash I had? Would that be enough? How would I know if she continued going to school?

I started talking that night with a local minister about Gissela’s situation. “This isn’t normal, right? Her family has just fallen on hard times, and she’ll continue school later?”

“No. It is normal.” His reply wasn’t what I was expecting to hear.

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The First Girl (Part One)

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The First Girl (Part One)

Can you remember one of those “light bulb moments” in your life? We all have them – that moment when something goes off in your head and sparks action. You know what I’m talking about….you’ve been there, too.

The most vivid light bulb moment for me happened several years ago in Honduras while I was working there building houses for impoverished families. In fact, I had someone snap a photo of that moment and I keep that picture to this day.

Honduras in the spring is hot and dry. The air blows warm and the sun beats relentlessly down on the arid landscape. That day began as all the others… climbing hills, hammering a house together, and crawling around on a hot tin roof. But this time one thing was different. This time I had a companion. Her name was Gissela, and she followed me everywhere. Any time I was free, she was holding my hand as if to say “Don’t go anywhere.” I just couldn’t shake her, and quite frankly, I didn’t want to. She seemed to be the same age as my oldest daughter, and I felt this strange bond, as if she really needed a father.

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The Basics

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The Basics

What do “the basics” mean to you? A quiet night at home with the family? A good meal around the table instead of eating out? Maybe renting a movie and staying in out of the weather. What would life be like if my “basics” were more basic than that? I find myself asking that a lot lately.

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Just One Candle

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Just One Candle

Thanksgiving Day 2009 didn’t find me where it usually does, sitting around a table with family or friends, enjoying turkey, dressing and football. No. This year, it was different.

This year, I was privileged to travel back to Honduras to witness something I had been waiting for for a long time. The first high school graduates from the Path of Hope program. I was going to see something that hadn’t been seen in this rural, poverty-stricken community… ever!

But Thanksgiving morning found me hiking over 4 miles into countryside, up steep hills, over rocky ground, to visit the house of one of our graduates. It struck me as I was hiking, that this is the walk she has been making every day, both ways, just to catch a bus to drive her into the city.

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