It's probably not making much of a splash in international news, as it's getting rather repetitive here, but protesters are once again taking to, and blocking, the streets and highways.
This is the time year when a lot, and I mean a lot, of short term mission teams come to Honduras. It is a big boon to the national economy, but a lot of people are being stranded at the airport, or being delayed for their return flights.
By the way, don't worry about us, we haven't hosted any teams in years. This is more of a concern for the ministries that completely rely on donations for their survival.
The US Embassy is advising that we not leave our homes, and to keep our travel documents up to date. Frankly, you never have to encourage me to stay at home.
The protests seem to be based on misinformation. Whereas the national government is trying to crack down on corruption, concerning the dispersal of funding to local schools and health clinics, the protesters are saying that the government is trying to privatize those sectors. The national government is seeking to put local governments in charge of paying teachers, doctors and nurses. This would reduce the number of times funds change hands on the way to these employees.
In other news, I'm about to make another 40 pound batch of milk chocolate. I'm not sure where the last batch went, we might have some extreme tasting going on. Anyway, I'm once again enjoying the process of making chocolate, because now the quality is top notch. The new refiner/conch makes it smooth as a baby's, well, pretty smooth.