Sunday, August 20, 2006

Grief in Honduras after Fort Lauderdale slaying | 08/20/2006 | Grief in Honduras after Fort Lauderdale slaying: "Grief in Honduras after Fort Lauderdale slaying

JUTICALPA, Honduras - The men left their young families behind in this poor city next to the mountains and settled in a strange place called Fort Lauderdale.

There, they found lawns that needed mowing, cars that needed washing, sheetrock that needed hanging -- and people willing to pay decent wages for such work.

The money that Oscar Castro and José Alfredo Sánchez sent home to their wives and children bought a refrigerator, furniture, private schools and food. It even afforded them a taste of middle-class Americana: buying on credit.

All the while, of course, the men were breaking the law. Castro and Sánchez had entered the United States illegally, like an estimated 10.5 million others who have since become the subject of the nation's emotional debate over undocumented immigrants.

To see another side of the issue, The Miami Herald went to Juticalpa this summer, to visit the parents, the children and the wives Castro and Sánchez had left behind.

The men went back as well. They were in coffins."

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Teaching Crisis in Honduras - Prensa Latina

My fellow teachers in Honduran schools make just over 3$ an hour. That is at least 1/4 what a first year foreign hire teacher makes at EIS. These teachers deserve our help and support. Without them, the future of this country is dire.

Teaching Crisis in Honduras - Prensa Latina: "Teaching Crisis in Honduras

Tegucigalpa, Ago 8 (Prensa Latina) Honduras was under an apparent calm after the government and teacher s unions discussed about an eventual solution to the crisis of the national educational system.

Around 2.5 million children and teenagers are without classes since the Teaching Organization Federations of that Central American nation began a strike in demand of salary improvements last August...

Among demands is the payment of $3.07 an hour and an increase of $1.16 per lesson starting next year, but president Manuel Zelaya only has offered them an increase of ten cents per hour."