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Honduran Mission

Supporting the community of Guaimaca, Honduras

Since its inception, the Mission in Guaimaca has been blessed by the collaborative support and participation of many parishes, colleges, institutions and private individuals.

Supporting Guaimaca

Marie Poussepin Center (CMP)

The Marie Poussepin Center (CMP) is a school for girls that represents the Mission’s core values and its benefits to the larger community.

Nazareth Farm

The Nazareth Farm is an educational farm that provides work, generates food for the boarding students and protect the environment from deforestation.

The Clinic

The clinic’s goal is to provide integral health care to the poor population of Guaimaca and its surrounding villages.

Social Justice Projects

A small memorial / community space was built in the hamlet of “La Nava” to promote peace and healing.

Water Projects

Outlying villages have been provided with well and potable water, thanks in part to the collaborative efforts of “Engineers without Borders” and partnering universities with strong engineering programs.

Power Projects

Again with the assistance of collaborating engineers, generators have been installed to service the School and Convent.

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Local Projects
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Proyecto Clamor de Paz

Proyecto Clamor de Paz (Jennie's Place) memorialized two students brutally murdered in their home. It was built through through collaboration from the victims' extended family member and many other volunteers. Locals donated labor, materials, and commemorative features, included bronze medallions inscribed with the children's names, set in a polished black concrete floor.

Find out more about the project here.

The Clinic

Located next to the main Guaimaca’s main church, this modest facility was started in 2001. Some 200 (plus) patients are treated each week for a variety of ailments. The clinic’s goal is to provide integral health care to the poor population of Guaimaca and its surrounding villages.

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Mission Retreat

The retreat will occupy an acropolis-like knoll overlooking spectacular scenery. The retreat will serve as a spiritual sanctuary and economic driver for the community. The retreat’s program includes a residence hall, a church, classrooms, a conference hall.

find out more about the project here.

How can you help?

The Trip

Every year, the Catholic Community of Lexington, MA (includes Sacred Heart and St. Brigid) sends between 10 – 15 parishioners to Guaimaca, Honduras for a one week trip.

Our group assists the mission of the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, located at the parish Santa Rosa de Lima, in Guaimaca, in whatever way we can.

Who can go?

Any member of the parish is welcome to join the trip. Participants must be at least 15 years of age. Anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult While the trip may include some limited sight-seeing, the primary purpose of the trip is to help out the local parish

What will you do while you are there?

The Sisters will find ways of tapping into your skills and talents and engaging them in ways that support the local mission. In past years, participants have helped out:

  • In the clinics (especially those with medical training or interest in health care)
  • On the farm, building irrigation systems, and working with local farmers and students
  • In the school, students have helped with improving the facilities (painting and construction)
  • Cooking and Sewing
  • Construction related projects (building, painting etc.)
  • Bicycle repair
  • Digital assistance (web related etc.)
  • Running errands and general support
  • Key Dates

    Sign up by no later than December 15th (preferably by December 1.) – requires a deposit

  • Meet with the coordinator and group during January
  • Help pack and prepare for the trip (one week before the trip (requires part of one Saturday.)
  • Travel with the group during the third week of February (School Vacation week.)
  • What will it cost?

    Depending on the cost of the flights, the trip typically costs between $1,100 and $1,400. This covers all transportation costs, lodging and food. Budget between $50 - $100 for misc. costs (gifts etc.)

    Other Key Information

    If you are participating in this year’s trip, you will want to reference the following forms, filling them out as needed and submitting them to the group coordinator (Paul Lukez)

  • Local Parish Forms (Must be filled out)
  • Key Contacts & Links
  • Personal Packing Checklist
  • Baggage Requirements
  • Volunteering Locally (US based)

    Would you like to contribute or volunteer but are unable to participate in the trip? There  are a number of things you can do, including:

  • Helping coordinate collecting and coordinating donations for the medicines and medical supplies ((aspiring) Medical professionals are ideal for this role.)
  • Helping with fund raising efforts
  • Helping with collecting other materials and supplies (Shoes, clothes)
  • Donating Materials / Supplies 

    The Honduran Mission in Guaimaca has in the past accepted some of the following materials and supplies (depending on the year)? Ideally, donations of materials are made in large enough quantities (65 for anything related to the students.) Please check with the Coordinator (Paul Lukez) before collecting supplies and donations to confirm a need.

  • Girls Shoes
  • Jackets / coats
  • Cloth for sewing
  • Medical supplies / equipment
  • Glasses
  • Donations

    The Honduran Mission depends on the generosity of our parish and others in the US in helping sustain its efforts in Guaimaca. To that end, any and all donations are welcomed. The full value (100%) of all financial donations go directly to the Mission in Guaimaca, and are tax deductible.

  • Pay through PAYPAL – All donations go directly to the Mission’s account
  • Send a check to the Sisters of the Dominican Presentation 3012 Elm Street, Dighton, MA 02715-1600 Write in the memo line: “Honduran Mission”
  • Send a check to the Lexington Catholic Community 1995 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington MA 02421 Make out the check to: Insert in the memo line: “Honduran Mission”
  • Give Paul Lukez (Coordinator) a check made out to: Lexington Catholic Community etc…. same as above
  • Loyola Foundation, Hilton Fund for Sisters, J. Homer Butler Foundation, Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities, Inc. , Dewan Foundation, Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia Social Justice Fund, Koch Foundation Inc., Sarita Kennedy East Foundation, Imago Dei Fund Boston, Students Helping Honduran Students (SHHS), Pepsico Corporate Administration in Honduras and U.S.A.

    How we Help
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    Marie Poussepin Center (CMP)

    Founded in 2005 in Guaimaca, The Marie Poussepin Center (CMP) is a school for girls that represents the Mission’s core values and its benefits to the larger community. Its goal is to provide a comprehensive education to poor young students from the villages of Guaimaca Parish and to prepare them to be productive members of their communities.

    Nazareth Farm

    Located about 2 miles (3 KMs) outside Guaimaca, the mission started a farm in 2006 thanks to the gift of a generous ex-pat. The farm consists of two sets of parcels. One 20 acre parcel is used exclusively for farming, while the other 100 acre parcel is largely wooded and is used to harvest pine and red mahogany trees. The Mission of the Nazareth Farm is to be an educational farm that provides work, generates food for the boarding students and protect the environment from deforestation.

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    The Clinic

    Located next to the main Guaimaca’s main church, this modest facility was started in 2001. Some 200 (plus) patients are treated each week for a variety of ailments. The clinic’s goal is to provide integral health care to the poor population of Guaimaca and its surrounding villages.

    2017 Trip
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    Amy & Jack Mcgaraghan

    My son Jack and I traveled to Honduras with open minds, hoping to help out in any way needed. What I experienced was the amazing faith and dedication of the Dominican sisters of the mission.These incredible women do not shy away from the needs of the people in and around Guaimaca and work against great odds to improve the physical and spiritual lives of all those that they come in contact with. They challenge us to open our eyes, keep them open and to live our faith.

    Emery Wilson

    My first mission trip to Honduras was more fulfilling than I ever imagined. I was a little anxious before the trip but once I arrived in Guaimaca, the welcome I received from the nuns and the students wiped away any apprehension I was feeling. I feel blessed for meeting so many special people and will never forget this trip.

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    Lisa Cimino

    Being in Honduras was truly a life changing experience. I was so inspired by the 4 Dominican Sisters who work tirelessly on behalf of the poor. I am grateful for the experience of seeing God's providence at work in Guaimaca.

    Lorain Marquis

    My experience in Honduras. By the end of the week, I realized that no matter how little you think you did, it made a huge impact on the people.

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    Bruce Jackan

    We had a great trip. I enjoyed working with Walter and his team in preparing the worksite for the new dental clinic. We made a lot of progress in one week of physical labor. Our mission team really worked well together. I’m always amazed at how much the Sisters do for Guaimaca.

    Paul Lukez

    Going to Honduras as part of the Lexington Catholic Parish Mission is a most rewarding experience. You will witness first-hand the extraordinary work of the Sisters running an all-girls school, a clinic and farm. My faith in humanity and our church is sustained and renewed with each trip.

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    Frank Bellini

    The 2017 Honduras trip was, as always unique and productive and fulfilling. One always gets more than they give. Yoga with the girls, a meeting and service to Sr. Maria Rosa Leggol (the Mother Teresa of Honduras), construction work, serving the school and admiring mahogany trees at the farm were all monumental highlights!

    Tom Trometer

    I guess we are veterans, given this was our 3rd trip, but it seems fresh and new each year. We are able to support the Sisters both financially as well as physically with the work we do at the Mission. While what we give is certainly useful to the continued operation of their Mission, we gain so much more spiritually and emotionally. You get to experience true Christians as they work within their limited means to bring so much to the people of Guaimaca.

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    Mary Trometer

    I guess we are veterans, given this was our 3rd trip, but it seems fresh and new each year. We are able to support the Sisters both financially as well as physically with the work we do at the Mission. While what we give is certainly useful to the continued operation of their Mission, we gain so much more spiritually and emotionally. You get to experience true Christians as they work within their limited means to bring so much to the people of Guaimaca.

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    Address

    Dominican Sisters of the Presentation
    3012 Elm Street
    Dighton, MA 02715-1600

    Phone

    508-669-5460

    Email

    domsrs@presentation-op-usa.org

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