Jasper-based nonprofit empowers impoverished communities in Honduras
by Jennifer Cohron

Story from The Daily Mountain EagleIdentity

Over the past decade, Michael Franklin has watched hopelessness pervade an entire generation of Hondurans.

“More or less, the gangs have taken over the country,” said Franklin, a founding member and programs director for the Alabama Honduras Medical Educational Network, which is based in Jasper. “Kids are being recruited into gangs every day because there is just no other option.
Few youth continue their education beyond the fourth grade.

After leaving school, most children either join a gang, which provides them and their family some protection in the murder capital of the world, or seek work as a sweatshop employee or a farm laborer.

A growing number of children are choosing instead to cross into the United States illegally. More than 57,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America have been caught doing so since October.

While in Honduras with AHMEN in June, Franklin heard from one young man who wanted to flee to the border. Another confessed that he was close to joining a gang after being threatened for trying to open a medical clinic in his community.

Franklin was encouraged that rather than acting on their plans, both were following through on the commitment that they had made to AHMEN'S Community Empowerment Program.

The program is a collaboration with Servants in Faith and Technology, a nonprofit based in Lineville.

The goal of the AHMEN-SIFAT initiative is to develop the capacity of local leadership to address such integral health issues as clean water, abuse and violence prevention and HIV/AIDS.

Instructor Byron Morales meets with groups of between 45 and 60 people every three months for three years. Some walk for hours to attend. The workshops are currently held in three locations, and Franklin hopes the program can expand into two more areas next year.

In addition to the training they receive, Franklin believes participants also benefit from being able to freely speak their minds in a country where protestors are routinely jailed or killed. “Another thing that Byron does is help people know that they are not alone in this fight.

Three-fourths of the world is combating the same issues. I think that helps people feel like they’re not so isolated, that if they work together and get their voice out there that hopefully people will listen,” Franklin said. The cost to send a 10-member AHMEN team to Honduras on a week-long mission trip is approximately $16,000.
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Medical mission to Limon Honduras May 23 -31, 2014 looking for team members if you or someone you know is interested in a mission trip please contact me Lou Altman laaltman @netscape.net Cost is approx. $1600 includes airfare,lodging, food.
 

NEWS
2014

"Reporte a cerca del filtro Sawyer - Agosto 2014"
Guf gives jewelry team update

What's happening with CHIMES

Container Timeline
Saturday, November 7th
- Preload
Saturday, November 21st - Loading
November 28th - Arrival in Honduras
December 5th - Clearance

The Spring dates are arranged to avoid the Easter holiday break in Honduras, as well as to avoid conflicts with Easter break here, while providing the earliest possible arrival for supplies for the May mission teams. Yours in Service, Pam Greene AHMEN Logistics Team Leader 205.669.9279

Mission to La Moskitia

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Leonardo's Home of Hope Newsletter

CHIMES newsletter April 2014

Dresses

Dresses bring smiles to the faces of children

Shades Mountain Women's Club in Birmingham, Alabama brings smiles to young girls in rural village of Limon, Honduras. Kathy, from the women's club who make dresses from throw away materials begin sending their dresses to Honduras last year. When team leader Lou Altman worked in Limon she asked the "clinic mom" Corina to identify some young girls in the village who needed dresses. Pictured below is the results. Thanks ladies of the Shades Mountain Women's Club.

CHIMES TIMES - May 2014
The most recent edition of the CHIMESTIMES, a newsletter published by a small group of people dedicated to supporting the medical clinic in Ciriboya, Honduras is now out.
Two important announcements: 1. We will be showing the film "Revolutionary Medicine" at the Sol Collective. It describes the building of the medical clinic in Ciriboya.
Date: Wednesday, May 7th Time: 7:00 pm
Place: The Sol Collective 2574 21st St (just off Broadway)
2. We have just received a list of needed building materials for the birthing and surgery centers located next to the medical clinic. We will send this list out separately and will be asking for your help to make these centers a reality for the people in the region. Hope to see you at the movie. As always, if you no longer wish to receive our emails just let us know.
Chris Bender

Contact List Update
The Alabama Honduras Medical Education Network (AHMEN) is compiling and organizing our contact lists. The link below will open a form which will enable us to gather your current contact information, and to ask your opinion on key issues about our work in Honduras. We would like to know about your interests, your skills and your experience. All information you share with us is for AHMEN use only and will not be shared. The questionnaire will take but a few moment to complete. Upon completion simply click the SUBMIT button at the bottom. Your responses will be added to a database that will assist us to better serve the poor of Honduras. Feel free to leave any responses unanswered. Thank you.
Click here to fill out survey
Flight News You Can Use
Delta Airlines allows Medical Supplies and Equipment to be checked without counting against your normal allowance. See the attached copy of their website information.
The rules are clear that the checked item must contain only medical supplies and must meet normal size and weight restrictions. When our team traveled in March, each person who checked medical supplies carried a copy of the attached sheet.
For me, the ticket agent was not aware of the policy; however, when I showed her the document, she called a supervisor who acknowledged this policy and did whatever was necessary to override the extra baggage fee.
Because some of our volunteers often fly United, we researched their website and did not find the same statement. We then contacted them via postal mail only to find that United does not have the same policy.
Hope this is helpful.
Peggy Hook Team Leader
Limon, Honduras - Sewing School Graduation: 2012.
Teacher Yolanda from Limon Sewing School, AHMEN's oldest "project" and oldest running school, reports the following re. the graduation. All Students worked hard. They had 7 graduates from the first year. They had 4 graduates from the second year. The teachers were happy with the progress of the students. All are looking forward to next year. Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year.Sewing School Graduation

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Dr. Delmar Montoya to visit Alabama

Dr. Delmar visits Alabama
Pictured here is Dr. Montoya and Team Leader Peggy Polhemus

Dr. Delmar Montoya will be in Alabama When? March 20-26, this year Where? Columbiana, Alabama He will be staying in the home of Sharon Bentley, AHMEN team leader. Sharon reports he would love to see any and all of his Alabama AHMEN friends. She has plenty of room for anyone to visit or even spend the night. Her home is in the middle of Columbiana and is easy to get to. Delmar is a long time friend of AHMEN and has worked with many AHMEN teams in his capacity of doctor as well as interpreter. For details contact: Sharon Bentley: sharonbentley@bellsouth.net (205) 669-6375 or
Peggy Polhemus: (205) 240-0321

The Way to La MosKita
A short file by Bruce McFadden