My name is Diana Sofia Rosales, and I am a 21 year old engineering student born and raised Honduras. Since I was very young, one of my dreams was to help the people around me. My dream came true when my University went on strike. I found myself with a lot of free time. I was very frustrated because I wasn’t attending school, but I knew that even in dark times, there is always a blessing waiting for us. What I didn’t know at the moment was that my blessing was Honduras Good Works. With my newfound free time, I knew I had to make the most out of it. I had always wanted to volunteer, but I wasn’t a doctor, or knew how to build houses. My only skill was knowing English, so like the teenager that I was, I went online and looked for organizations that needed translators. I saw some pages here and there, but for some reason, when I saw HGW’S page I just felt a connection. At the time, the page wasn’t asking for any interpreter volunteers, but I just really wanted to volunteer, and I sent a message. I don’t remember what I said, but I do remember that I wrote with a lot of passion because I really wanted to help my people. I was so lucky when I was invited to join the brigade as a translator!!!! I was so thankful that a young person like me was taken seriously, and given the trust to help so many people. It has only inspired me to work harder and harder towards making my country a better place for everyone.
I have been a translator for Honduras Good Works the last three years and am now on the scholarship committee. I have a great time, and it makes my heart happy to help Honduras Good Works. I get to learn a lot of things, strengthen friendships, and serve the people in my country who need it most. It sure is one of the most enriching, beautiful experiences I have gotten to be a part of in the last couple of years.
During the brigade, I was so in-sync with all of the values of HGW. I remember just listening about all of the programs that were helping people in El Paraiso, such as the vitamins program, or the Guardianes de La Salud program, but most importantly, the Scholarship program.
I believe in the power of education, and I can see the difference that education has made in my life. I had never heard of a scholarship program such as the one that HGW offers, and I was so inspired by all of the success stories, that I wanted to help. I remember asking Cynthia Smith if I could collect school supplies for them, because I just really believed in what they were doing, and my heart just told me that this was a way I could contribute. I had always wanted to help people achieve their goals through education, and if by providing some school supplies I could do that, that was my opportunity!!! What I didn’t know at the time was that my life was about to change forever and that my childhood dream of making the world a better place had become true.