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Labor of Love 5K / 1mi Race Update

The Labor of Love Race was a success, it was a BEAUTIFUL celebration of Honduras and a wonderful victory for the Micah Project. Over 350 people participated in the race, where MICAH gave away over 50 prizes. In all, it was a HUGE success, even the weather mostly cooperated after Isaac rolled through that weekend.

In particular, the two pieces of pottery that Hondurasarts donated were quite popular and the large vase filled a WHOLE PAGE of silent auction bidding! Jeanette took a picture of the happy winner of the vase and you can see from the expression on her face, that she will treasure it and give it a good home.

In addition, 2 of the Micah graduates were at the race with the director of the house, Michael Miller. One of the graduates actually won a medal! It was so exciting to see everything come together just as  planned. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

 

Hondurasarts.com is proud to have been a part of such a wonderful event. Truly, there was A LOT of love for Honduras at the race, and we hope to do it again next year– at this point, I think it is probable that there will be a second Labor of Love!

 

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Three First Time Adoptive Moms Become Race Organizers
Amy Darr, Tiffanie Upshaw, and Jeanette Sipp-White are all expecting moms, but you would not know it by looking at them. All three are slender and active in different activities that range from busily caring for a family at home to teaching high school and training for a marathon. Coming from downtown Clayton, Kirkwood, and High Ridge, Missouri, each has a unique background and interests. Yet all three of these women who were strangers to each other last year are now connected as they are waiting to be united with a child from Honduras via international adoption.

The steps involved in international adoption form an interesting process that can be costly and demand a lot of patience. Prospective parents may wait up to four years after completing their paperwork to be connected with a child. Yet, the delay in this process, a deep love for the people of Honduras, and a spirit of adventure are what led these expectant moms to organize a race benefiting orphans living on the rough streets of Tegucigalpa. All three have traveled to poorest parts of Central America and shared time and resources with those who live in these communities. Hence, when Amy, Tiffanie, and Jeanette came together around adoption, they also felt moved to work for the brothers and sisters of their children—those that they cannot take home to the United States. They are impassioned by those children in Honduras who face extra challenges. It is not easy to grow up in a country with the HIGHEST homicide rate in the world according to a recent U.N. report where 65% of the population lives below the poverty line (CIA World Factbook, 2011). These children deserve a fair chance at a future too.

After looking at several different ways to make a difference, Amy, Tiffanie and Jeanette decided that the best way to draw attention to the political, social, and economic situation in Central America and to utilize one of their shared talents, running, is to host a race. This race will be unique in that it is not only raising money for Micah 2.0 (a boy’s home in Tegucigalpa, Honduras) but it will also highlight the faces of Honduras and educate participants about the cultural richness, material needs and the inherent beauty of our neighbors living there.

Thus, the Labor of Love 5K and 1 mile run/walk was born. The event and its accompanying festivities will start at the Sons of Rest Pavilion in shady Tower Grove Park at 8:00 on Monday, September 3, 2012. The race will be a celebration of the positive accomplishments of the Micah Project—a place that provides a home, formal education, job training, and character development for boys that previously had to fend for themselves. Already, sponsors such as Flooring Systems, Interface, Page Law, CI Select, CTA , Vantage Credit Union, and Dr. Robert Schlitt have generously contributed over $3,000 to cover race expenses, so that 100% of every race entry will be completely donated to support Micah 2.0. Other sponsors, such as Wellbridge Athletic Club and Spa, Great Harvest, Big River Running Co., Run Janji, Chipotle, yurbuds, First Watch, RoadID, Russell’s Bakery, and Climb SoIll have contributed prizes, snacks, and other race necessities to make sure that the Labor of Love 5K and 1 mile run/walk is a true celebration for all participants. As part of the fun, there will be awards and prizes for the fastest finishers in each age group, attendance prizes, as well as prizes for the youngest and oldest participants. In addition, each finisher will receive a colorful race shirt. Thus, with so many people contributing to so many facets of the race, this labor of love has become a much larger team effort than the three ladies who conceived of it.

For those who are inspired to participate or who want to learn more, additional information can be found at : http://www.micah2point0.org/#/micah-20-events.

Race information:

For the Micah Project in Honduras:
Labor Day, Sept. 3, 2012. 5K at 8am, 1mi Fun Run/Walk at 8:15am. Tower Grove Park, St. Louis, MO 63110
Start/Finish at the East entrance off of Grand Ave

Facebook page for the race:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Labor-of-Love-5K-1mi-Fun-RunWalk/382182231817735
(you can find a picture of the boys here)

Micah 2.0 link to race information:
http://www.micah2point0.org/#/micah-20-events (you can register here
and get more details of the race)

Jeanette Sipp-White’s blog: mas1honduras.blogspot.com

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Making the difference: Lucy Thomas

Today browsing on the internet found a great article, that described the work of Máxima Thomas, the Garifuna Museum Director. In 1996, the Garífuna Museum was founded with the objective to promote Garífuna culture and to offer cultural education and tourist services to those who visit their communities, interested in knowing more about Garífuna culture. The Museum offers information through exhibitions on the life, work, and transcendence of Garífuna culture since our arrival to Honduras. Also, it provides a few of the antecedents from the Garífuna’s departure from St. Vincent. We are an educational resource for grade school, secondary, and university students, whose programs explore Garífuna culture but had no previous center for investigation.

Sustaining Local Artists and Producers

To support the Garífuna Museum, they have implemented a craft shop and a small art gallery, which sells paintings, on the first floor. They earn a profit of 10 to 20% from each sale, which sustains the museum and the entrance fees. The Museum also helps Garífuna painters and artists, who sell their work in the area, to make a name for themselves. There is an artisan exposition room so that Garífuna handicrafts can be seen, and so that the artisans can sell their products and get money to cover their daily expenses. There is also an expo-sale of paintings that we call the Art Gallery. However, it still does not meet all of the necessary conditions to preserve the paintings. The paintings are exposed to dust and need a more enclosed place so they don’t deteriorate.

The museum directors are planning to create a Garífuna Plaza, where those people who make typical baked foods and pastries can bring their products to the Museum and market them. Before, there wasn’t a place where you could come to sell and buy Garífuna products. We are satisfying these supply and demands. We also have a restaurant service, where you can sample traditional plates and learn about Garífuna gastronomy. With our food sales, they underwrite the project, “Garífuna Plaza”, which makes the project more sustainable because of the sales commissions they earn.

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Ceramica Lenca or Lenca Pottery

Since Pre-Columbian times the Lenca ethnic group have been spread out in Central America, in what is now known as Honduras and El Salvador. Now a days, there around 100 thousand lencas in Honduras and they are found in several regions of the country: Intibucá, Lempira, La Paz and Valle. Even though their language disappeared, they have kept alive some of their customs.

Recently their pottery has gained a lot of popularity, because of its beauty. The pottery is decorated with geometrical designs with white and black colors. Besides being a huge success in Honduras, recently it has gained a lot of popularity in the United States and Europe. The Lencas used this pottery to help them with several tasks around the house, now a days, it is being used only for decorative ornaments around houses, stores and offices around the world.

This is a great opportunity for the Lencas to spread their culture and let the world know about the beauty of their crafts and pottery. The villages such as La Arada, the artisans still are making the pottery as their ancestor made it, creating beautiful jugs, jars, bowls, jugs, vases, incense burners and pots. Everything they make is by hand and do not use any machinery or wheels to help them.

Now because of this popularity, there is a need to improve the wellbeing of the Lencas. Honduras arts, as a part of our purpose would like to encourage fair trade and other Socially Responsible movements that will help the Lencas and Honduras. If you are interested in knowing more about the pottery and our projects with the Lencas, please contact us through the form in our blog.  Also soon, we will start selling some arts and crafts from Honduras. Check out our Arts and Crafts Store

Since Pre-Columbian times the Lencas have been spread out in Central America, in what is now known as Honduras and El Salvador. Now a days, there around 100 thousand lencas in Honduras and they are found in several regions of the country: Intibucá, Lempira, La Paz and Valle. Even though their language disappeared, they have kept alive some of their customs.
Recently their pottery has gained a lot of popularity, because of its beauty. The pottery is decorated with geometrical designs with white and black colors. Besides being a huge success in Honduras, recently it has gained a lot of popularity in the United States and Europe. The Lencas used this pottery to help them with several tasks around the house, now a days, it is being used only for decorative ornaments around houses, stores and offices around the world.
This is a great opportunity for the Lencas to spread their culture and let the world know about the beauty of their crafts and pottery. The villages such as La Arada, the artisans still are making the pottery as their ancestor made it, creating beautiful jugs, jars, bowls, jugs, vases, incense burners and pots. Everything they make is by hand and do not use any machinery or wheels to help them.
Now because of this popularity, there is a need to improve the wellbeing of the Lencas. Honduras arts, as a part of our purpose would like to encourage fair trade and other Socially Responsible movements that will help the Lencas and Honduras. If you are interested in knowing more about the pottery and our projects with the Lencas, please contact us through the form in our blog.

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