GARAFINA TRIBE

GRAFINA CHILD ON CAYO COCHINOS

Coincidence or plan ? On the north coast of Honduras on June 23, Karen, Josh, Alex, and gayle headed to Cayos Cochinos, Islands north of honduras which is also known as the hog islands. The seas were rough but we went anyway. Interestingly enough Tim Took the rest of the team to lunch at Sambo Creek. Both places the home of the Garafina tribe. (thank you Tim for helping me remember name)


The islands consist of 2 large islands and 13 tiny cays. Managed by Honduran Coral Reef Foundation, the Cayo's is marine protected and National Geographic wrote that "the waters around this collection of cays is a marine biologist dream." So someone has a sense of humor. Some of the poorest people in the world are 
lucky enough to live in the most beautiful.

The tribe travels to Utilla during hurricanes as they do not stand a chance in the middle of the ocean with no protection.

The Garfina tribe. One of many tribes in Honduras are called the "Garinago" Sambo creek is located 15 kilometers from LaCeiba. It is considered a traditional Garifino village with 85% Garifuna and 15% Mestizo. They are of african decent (Carib Arawak and W. Africa) and most are victims originating with slave trading.

On the small Islands of Cayos Cochinos, we stopped at a small cay for lunch. Probably about the same time the rest of the group was eating in Sambo Creek.

A spot of sand in the middle of the Caribbean. No food except what is in the sea. No drinkable water. No electricity. It looked like 8 or so shelters, all sand floors. The picture above depicts how they transport children. They are plastic containers, cut in half the long way with a rope attached to mouth of container. Probably found floating in the sea.

Personally I have never seen any people so poor, and that says alot as I was in Haiti after the earthquake.

They cant even get a drink of water without boating or swimming to another island and bartering the trinkets they make out of sand and shells. We were overwhelmed. We came with no money. After all, why would you take money on a boat trip? Probably not what they thought, as we whipped out a waterproof camera and clearly looked like rich gringos.

At least we had lunch which we, of course, gave to the children and people around where we were to eat.

We partly visit different parts of Honduras at the end of each trip to refuel, but our other motive is to see what is needed, as God always has a door to open.