In May, locals will have a new event to look forward to in conjunction with the annual Railfest event. The Hustle 4 Honduras (H4H),a four-mile run and walk as well as a one-mile run and walk event for children, will take place on May 17, 2014.
H4H is the brainchild of six-year old Gabriel Wiles, the son of Topher and Ashley Wiles. Topher, a pulpit at the Washington Church of Christ, returned from a mission trip to Honduras in July. When sharing photos and videos from the trip with his family, Gabriel asked why the children living in the Dump didn’t go to school. Schooling for the children in the Dump is costly, about $500 in U.S. money per year.
“School there is different than what we have here,” said Topher. “It’s not government supported and the children go to school for just a few hours a day - until about noon, and then they go to work in the Dump digging for bottles.”
The Wiles’ explained to their little boy with a big heart that the family could only help a few of the more than 300 children who live and work in the Dump on their budget. It was then that Gabriel decided there should be a race to help raise money to help the families and children.
“Let’s send them to school,” said Gabriel, who explained that the families that live in the Dump live in cardboard boxes and collect bottles for money. “If we have 200 people sign up for the run, we can send five kids who live in the Dump to school and build one house.”
Gabriel said the house he hopes will be built from a portion of the proceeds from the run will not be like the houses we have here. “This house will be 16 feet by 16 feet and it will be made of wood and it will have one window and one door,” said Gabriel. “Oh, and it will have beds.”