Imagine packing the bare essentials, including your own food, deep into the mountains of Honduras to a secluded village that is only accessible by trail, all in the name of helping people.
That is what a group of local high-schoolers did this past summer with a local Young Life group.
The trip started with a long flight to La Brisas and continued with a hike into a small and remote village, only accessible by horseback or foot.
The group traveled there to help the villagers with construction of a community center that will also be used to tend to the community’s medical needs.
The group was spearheaded by a local couple, Rick and Valerie Whitford, who “did all of the dirty work down there,” according to Kristen Webb Chua, a committee member for the local Young Life Group. The Whitfords were two of the leaders who accompanied the high-schoolers.
The teenagers worked side-by-side with the villagers for a week. Local women cooked for them, offering plates of the local cuisine.
The trip was made possible from fundraising efforts and donations, which reached $17,000 in three months.
Grand County Young Life helped support the group by helping to secure all of the needed forms and insurance and by helping to organize the fundraising events.
The trip was the first out-of-county trip for the local Young Life group and was such a success, the group is planning a similar trip for the upcoming summer.
The local Young Life Group is set to begin fundraising for next year’s trip with the Belt Buckle Ball, set for Oct. 20 at Crooked Creek Ranch. The event will feature a western-themed dinner, complete with entertainment and square dancing. All of the funds raised during the event will go toward funding the local Young Life program and generating money for camp scholarships.
The Christian-focused nondenominational group meets weekly throughout the school year on Monday nights and welcomes all youngsters, no matter where they are on their path to God, according to Webb Chua.
For more information about the local Young Life group or to get involved, contact Jennifer Gould at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-531-7519.
Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334