Cousin Maura is Helping in Honduras Again ~ And Sharing Some Ways You Can Help, Too.

Down and dirty posts these days… Following is the entire contents of Maura’s email received today. I wrote about Maura nearly a year ago with links to her website sharing photos from her 2008 Honduras Mission Trip. Click here to read that post.

Tomorrow (Saturday) is the E-Cycle event to raise money to send me, Anna, Juli and Katie on a mission in Honduras (and I’m panicing!)…   the Yard Sale is on Sunday.

Below is the “Note” I posted on Facebook about how far a few dollars can go in Honduras.

How much can be done for another person/community simply by sacrificing one or two little luxuries now and again.  Imagine the potential!

I’ve also attached a pic or two from my last trip.  More are on my blog:  so are details on tomorrow’s E-Cycle and the Yard Sale on Sunday.

collecting old electronics and appliances for money…

E-Cycle fundraiser to go to Honduras (get rid of that dinosaur computer and broken TV) May 16… go to for details
Support our Relay for Life “Super Friends” team:

i loved this family…

village has Mass only about once a month when Father Craig can make it there…. they don’t have a church, so they move the tables around in their tiny two room school 

this Dad and his little girl were in their Sunday best (even though it was a weekday) and Mom was in the choir


In the poorest parts of the world, where effective window screens are lacking, insecticide-treated bed nets are arguably the most cost-effective way to prevent malaria transmission.

Honduras is one of those countries.

Studies show that use of insecticide-treated bed nets can reduce transmission as much as 90% in areas with high coverage rates. Bed nets prevent malaria transmission by creating a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of transmissions occur.
Nets in Honduras range from $2.50 (untreated) to $6.50 (treated with insecticide). That’s the price of a couple of coffee in the morning or a #4 on the menu

Can you skip your Dunkins run for one day and pay for one net to save a life?
Malaria is a disease caused by the blood parasite Plasmodium, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Malaria, from the Medieval Italian words mala aria or “bad air,” infects more than 500 million people a year and kills more than a million— one person dies about every 30 seconds.



Seen a good movie lately? What’d you pay for tickets?

Average price for two to see a movie (just tickets) would buy a GALLON of acetaminophen in Honduras

For just $15 medical clinics in Honduras can purchase a whole gallon of acetaminophen to treat pain, fever and such

Same amount would be roughly $112 over the counter

How about next time you think of going to the movies you get a film for a buck at Red Box and donate the amount you saved toward Honduran missions?



Ever have an ear infection? Your child suffer from them?

Thankfully you had your doctor down the street for speedy diagnosis and a simple prescription to pick up at CVS

Not everyone is as lucky– in fact, most aren’t. They certainly aren’t in Honduras.

So maybe next time you want to get a manicure you’ll paint your own and donate the money saved to our trip.

40 bottle of amoxicillin is only about $28– how can you beat that price?



When Anna and I were in Honduras last year we both learned about the lack of milk available to the people…

refrigeration is scarce, as is money… not a good combo for stocking up on healthful drinks

the water supply is iffy at best (we weren’t allowed to drink local water, the mission supplied us with purified water) so simple tap water isn’t plan A when the people are thirst

sadly, Pepsi is everywhere and cheaper by far than the boxed milk that the bodegas would sell… so a poor family would get a 2 liter bottle of that rather than a quart of milk….

so they’re drinking sugar water and caffiene rather than hydrating and calcium filled milk…

when we delivered food to the poorest of the poor most had no teeth with which to eat the meager provisions we brought…


the rough cost for a round of golf with cart and a few perks is $100

same cost at current rates to give a village enough powdered milk to last a month for 15 Honduran children

imagine that… 15 children can get a head start on having a healthy life if you forgo one day of golf and donate that money

something to think about



Last time Anna and I were in Honduras, there was a woman who washed the laundry of the mission house guests every morning.

She washed each item by hand, rinsed, rung them out and hung them to dry. It took her entire morning.

We paid her 2 limpera per item (a pair of socks is one item).

A typical days laundry included:

11 underwear
11 shirts
4 pair socks
3 pair pants
3 pair shorts

Exchange rate at the time was about 18 to 18.5 limpera per $1 American, so 2 limpera was about 12 cents.

Imagine washing a stranger’s underwear by hand for 12 cents?

So for a morning’s work, this washer woman $3.50, maybe $4

$4?! for a morning’s work? 

The cost of a movie on demand was this hard working woman’s daily wages. (of course, we tipped her well, we felt like thieves paying her so little)

Please think of the less fortunate next time you want to order a movie.

Remember, poor doesn’t equal lazy– many many of the most destitute work their tails off every day but the system and economy hold them down


2 responses to “Cousin Maura is Helping in Honduras Again ~ And Sharing Some Ways You Can Help, Too.

  1. Glad you are home safe and sound, Maura, and I look forward to seeing your photos from this year’s trip. Love to all the Chappelle cousins… N.

  2. just seeing this now, nancy… thanks so much for giving me a plug!

    most recent trip was great, we refurbished two 1 room school houses (no electricity, barely any books but with plenty of snakes and spiders)…

    i’m going to post my new pics and story on my blog soon

    now that there is military strife down there, the Honduran people are only going to suffer more

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