One of the more difficult questions to answer about our Honduras Outreach team trips is “So what do you do while you’re down there?”
Well “what we do” is inspire positive leadership through service and communities of need. We share ideas, we make connections between groups to share strengths, and to build greater understanding. We build fellowship between ourselves and our international hosts. We try to inspire them, and support their local communities, and bring that experience back to inspire our efforts in our own communities. Typically that’s not the answer that is being sought with that question. People generally want to hear that we travel to a far-off community, that we stay in gardening program that teaches communities about sustainable agriculture, helps them plant community gardens to feed the needy, and supports local needs for education and healthcare.
Every trip is different and how we express our organization’s mission, because the people who make up each team generally have different strengths, and abilities and find inspiration in different ways. Our outreach teams form months before we get to the airport, in the manner that we use to recruit participants and generate resources to bring with us. That’s what is happening here.
As artists, Tom and Cristhian are using their strengths to build opportunity. A local mural designed by Tom and created with the support of positive street art and volunteers from the community had reached the end of its lifespan. There was an opportunity to restore or replace it with the partnerships that Tom had maintained since around the beginning of our first Honduras Outreach teams. The Richelieu Club of Nashua Is a group of citizens dedicated to the celebration of Franco nashuan culture, part of an international fellowship of francophony, celebrating french culture around the world.
Tom, Cristhian, and the Richelieu Club developed a mural design to continue the theme of the one being replaced and to add to the environment of the park in which it was placed. This new mural is called “Paix et Fraternité” The slogan of the Richelieu Club and the theme of Peace and brotherhood. It’s showcases different people from Nashua’s history who have contributed to or accomplish things that positively reflect on Franco nashuan history.
Tom and Cristhian began by priming the wall in the colors of the French flag to match the rest of the park and neutralize the surface that had resulted from years of erosion on the previous mural. Cristhian has been sketching the images featured in the mural at evening time, and fleshes out the designs during the day.
We are looking forward to being able to show you “What we do” When we are in Honduras, and we are accepting applications for our 2022 trip. But it’s a long road before we arrive at the airport, and this is how we get there!