was walking one morning, when it started to rain. I
recall feeling a raindrop, and I considered whether I had
been the first to feel the initial one or had the privilege been given to someone else. Every storm must
begin with a single drop of rain. And so it is with
every worthwhile movement… it begins with an idea that
is too simple to be taken seriously… and then comes the
projecthonduras.com is an
online portal for information on ways to help Honduras.
We are also a network of individuals and groups working
on innovative, grassroots responses to the country's
social and economic needs, leveraging the information
and the talent, expertise, and time within our network
to serve as a catalyst for change.
Many of these
people are professionals and students, self-employed,
working for major corporations or attending colleges and
universities. It is this scattered body of people that
we feel is potentially one of Honduras' greatest assets
and we are trying to bring it together in practical,
positive, and creative ways.
The impetus for projecthonduras.com came during the summer of
market analyst with an aerospace consulting firm and Paulina, a
strategic planner for Boeing, met and discovered their common
interest in finding solutions to Honduras' problems. The concept
for projecthonduras.com began to evolve.
By the end of the summer, Jessica had joined Marco and
Paulina. Together, they cofounded projecthonduras.com. They
agreed on the name and the mission, and work began on
development of the website. After Hurricane Mitch hit Honduras
in October 1998, the need for something like projecthonduras.com
became clear. A coincidence of fate?
By Christmas eve, the projecthonduras.com site was up and
the "unconventional movement" was born.
of Human Capital
vision of projecthonduras.com is to create an
alternative model of development for poor countries
based on mobilizing and channeling "human capital"
rather than endlessly emphasizing the need for more
If you are interested in projecthonduras.com and would like to be a
part of what we are trying to do, please get in touch with
Marco in Washington, DC. He will answer any specific questions you
may have regarding the website and the network. Most likely, he will
suggest you read the essay at
Unconventional Movement and the Honduras This Week article
He may direct you to the Opposite George piece he wrote after the inaugural Conference on Honduras
He will also probably recommend that you
subscribe to one or more of the forums listed at
Forums. The forums are the core of the network
because they are how we communicate with each other on a
daily basis. Once you are subscribed, go ahead and
introduce yourself and share your interest in Honduras.
Many of the individuals on the forums are involved in
projects to help Honduras. Many of them are looking for
ways to get involved. All of them have some sort of
attachment to the country and offer a potential wealth
of information on ways to resolve specific problems. The
network is designed to tap this information and put it
to good use.
Use the forums if you have
something you wish to contribute. Use the forums if you
have a need. Start engaging others and see what great
contacts and solutions you can develop.
If for some odd reason Marco does not quickly respond to
your inquiry or request, then e-mail
Sandra Romero de Thompson. Otherwise, feel free to
get in touch with someone else on our