Local woman continues work in remote Honduras orphanage


Photo: Tara Germain sits with some boys that she teaches english to. Germain will be moving back to the Honduras permanently to continue her work with orphaned children – submitted

 

It may seem like a dream to escape the snow and run off to a warm southern country for a week or two.

In just five days, Tara Germain will be boarding a plane, and taking off to Honduras – forever.

But Germain isn’t going on vacation; she’s off to work at an orphanage in the small town of Puerto-Lempira.

Earlier this year, Germain completed a six-month volunteer position in the village, caring for sick children and malnourished babies. Germain says when she first landed in the country in April, she received a warm greeting from the children in the village.

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After two months of living in the area, and caring for the orphaned children, Germain says she knew she was going to live there permanently.

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But, she says there were challenges that she had to face, including the language barrier.

Germain worked with the help of Miskito Indians, and admits she still hasn’t picked up the language. She says everyday she has to play a game of charades in order to communicate with the natives. But, she says Spanish is also widely used throughout the community, and she has been slowly learning that language.

While she says she will miss her family back home, they have been supportive of her decision. And, she says she will keep in touch through email and phone.

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Germain sold all of her possessions last month, to prepare for her two-day flight on Monday.


Photo: This is an aerial shot of the town of Puerto Lempira, where Tara Germain will be living – submitted.