By Dom Williams - GVI Latin America Projects Director
Planting trees in Honduras
Plan Semilla is the seed plan in Honduras which is another of our sustainable income generation initiatives whereby profits from work by community members will help to cover the costs of education for children.
Recently GVI staff, volunteers and community members worked together to plant maize and bean seeds to kick start the initiative.
As our GVI project manager explains ‘With help from the community we started planting maize and beans. That turned out to be the easy bit, however. The next day we started building a fence. If you have never done this before, let me tell you it is a lot of work.
First you dig a very deep hole. Then you look for the biggest heaviest post you can find and put it in that hole. While refilling the hole you have to make sure the dirt is packed very tightly so the post won’t move. Repeat every 2 metres. Only then can you nail the fence to the post.
We feel immensely proud of the work done this week. All the blisters and sore muscles were well worth it. We hope to fund the next phase of this project (coffee planting) with the proceeds from this harvest, which will help fund our secondary school.’
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