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DANIEL SABOE '11, our fearless leader and the dauntless motive force of this project, is a third-year Civil Engineering major. He is the president of the Students Helping Honduras chapter at the University of Virginia, and the Catholic Student Ministry's Justice & Peace chair. Absolutely in love with Honduras and every other young catracha he comes across, Dan sees the best in this country, and is optimistic about its development and personal contribution to it.

BRANDON GROVES '11, our industrious web designer and philosophical systems expert, is a third-year Computer Science major. In Charlottesville, he works for the Computer Science Department and Students Helping Honduras. Brandon has a knack for making unexpected and clever observations about Honduras and our team that come straight out of left-field and are constantly giving the team things to think and laugh about.

TIAN LU '10, our sometimes reserved voice-of-reason, sometimes uproarious technician, is a fourth-year Computer Science major. from Inner Mongolia, China, who transferred to UVa. last year. Generally quiet, the last word in team meetings is usually given to him. That does not stop Tian from confidently pressing his three weeks of Spanish everywhere he goes in El Progreso, and he has garnered the reputation as a spontaneous jokester.

RODRIGO SARLO '11, our reliable translator, and Dan's pragmatic counterweight, is a third-year Mechanical Engineering major. An avid tennis player, he was frustrated to not find any courts in northern Honduras to practice for the 2009-2010 club season. Rodrigo keeps the group entertained with nightly guitar ballads and is the JPC team ringer when we play the SHH team at soccer. A man of many talents, more than a few catrachas have fallen for him.

ROBERT WYLLIE '11, our team's writer, is a third-year Foreign Affairs major.

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 July 2009 12:02

What Are We Doing Here?

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If you take a walk through Las Brisas de la Libertad or any of the colonias that surround Honduran cities, one of the first things you will notice is how many children there are. Half of Hondurans are under nineteen years old (BBC). It is well-understood that educating Honduras's young population is essential to the country's development. There is much at stake. The youth gangs, or maras, are a major impediment to investment. Measured by homicide statistics, violent crime has made this one of the five most dangerous countries in the world (Observatorio Centroamericano sobre Violencia, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime).

Private, bilingual schools offer the best education in Honduras, although English and computing skills come at a premium in a country where many families cannot even afford notebooks to send their children to nominally free public schools. Our Jefferson Public Citizens research team came to Las Brisas hoping to provide the means for the people to learn these skills.

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 July 2009 10:58