Bienvenidos a Honduras!
March 09, 1999
If you're using IE4, the music in the background is the Honduran National Anthem.
Chelly and Prithika have been on site at El Carbón for about a month. She said that Hurricane Mitch damaged most of the infrastructure in the area to some extent. She and Prithika have been working with the villagers to restore the trail to the famous waterfall, La Cascada, which would allow ecotourism to resume and begin generating badly-needed income for the town.
Their hut was also damaged by the hurricane, so they've been "remudding" the walls, with some timely assistance from their neighbors. This has been a good season for mice and scorpions, so they're they're now in the market for a cat.
We've posted her first pictures from El Carbón in the Photo Album and also her first letter. I think you'll agree that the El Carbón area has magnificent prospects for eco-tourism (e.g., see the "La Mosquitia" link, below.)
If you'd like to write Chelly, she has a new address, below.
Please consider a donation to the Red Cross International Disaster Fund.
Pictures of Honduras, host family
Read letters from me
While I'm away, mail will be my lifeline. I will greatly enjoy any little piece of correspondence you send my way. So, please, send letters!!
Any mail you send to my parents (the webmasters) will kindly be forwarded to me with the next care package (Hint, hint, Mom and Dad!).
Here's my address in El Carbón:
PCV Chelly Richards
More Great Links!
El Carbón Sites
El Carbón, at about 15°25'N, 085°32'W, is the largest Pech-speaking Indian village in Honduras. It's about 150 mi northeast of Tegucigalpa.
La Mosquitia Guidebook - Information about the area and description of Chelly's and Prithika's project (on the eco-tourism site, "El Planeta Platíca")
The Greenwood Furniture Project- Pictures from El Carbón, and information on this program
Outside Magazine's article on Eastern Honduras has an extensive section on El Carbón
Peace Corps Related Sites:
Peace Corps Crossroads - By far the best source of info about the Peace Corps
Peace Corps Guinea and Stephanie Chasteen's Site- With the help of her mother and boyfriend back home, she has compiled the most thorough list of what to pack. Before she left, she wrote a lot about the whole application (and waiting) process. Reading her site helped me very much. Definitely one to bookmark if you're a prospective volunteer.
Jess' Big Adventure - Jess' parents are keeping this site for him while he's in Zambia. Over the past year, they've added tons of pictures and quite a few letters from him. His family has even been to visit him!