Farms and farming 

We met, later in the morning, with some farmers who told us of their struggle to protect their farms and livelihoods from the threat of mining. 

Like the group we met earlier in the week they speak of limited success insofar as five municipalities have been declared mining and hydroelectric free. This has to be renewed however and there is always fear surrounding change of political power and/or corruption. They are anxious that there be international awareness of and support for their concerns. 

From there we made our final visit and stop on this trip. We went to a farming community comprised of women who have learned new skills and joined forces to farm together.

The sense of pride in themselves was clearly evident. They spoke of the crops they harvest and the chickens they produce. Chickens are passed from one to another to promote the number.

One of the women spoke to us about nutrition and weight control (pulled my stomach in as best I could!!) and especially in children. Through Trocaire’s help she has received training in this area and monitors the children’s weight, offering advice when required. 

We were treated to some of their produce in the form of corn that was harvested today. It was really tasty and I enjoyed it very much. 

as clearly did one of my travelling companions!

A number of women spoke about how much this work means to them and how thankful they are to God for the harvest. As was the case in most of our meetings children were present. They brought a lovely touch of innocence and, maybe hope, to what were difficult scenes. Children can focus our minds on the future but also on the need to mind them now. 

Chances are that, with water, are the common denominator in many of the stories we were privileged to hear over the past six days. 

In a picture which, like all pictures,tells a thousand words, I’ll leave the final word to the children:


  1. Eileen Scanlon-Toolan (Mullinabreena parish wife of Michael Toolan Mullaghroe )

    you are also a dab hand with the camera really enjoyed reading and pics are amazin

    you are so down to earth and easy to understand your sermons take care

  2. Deacon Damien Kearns

    Only getting a chance to ready your blog now.
    An amazing account of the week in Honduras.
    A lot was seen, a lot was learned.
    Thank you for sharing the details of each day – so many memories, stories and people’s lives that touched us which will stay with us for many days, weeks, months and years to come.

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