Limón is a Garífuna community located in the department of Colón, founded by our Garinagu ancestors in 1880. The community became a municipality on November 18, 1917, almost 100 years ago. This year, Limón was the location of the 216th anniversary commemorating the arrival of the Garinagu to Honduras. The activities lasted one week and were filled with a diverse array of events, including dances, traditional foods, cultural nights and a variety of trainings.
This year Adelante participated for the first time in the celebrations of the last day, April 12. A parade began early in the morning, in which all the communities’ representatives participated in the march through the streets of Limón carrying banners and the important messages of the day.
To add even more importance to the day, a council of the ministers headed by Honduras’ President Porfirio Lobo Sosa was carried out. The opportunity to have the national government’s cabinet present was achieved by the Garinagu after submitting several petitions. Topics including Health, Educations, Road Construction, Agriculture, Preservation of Culture and Conservation of Land prevailed among the petitions made by the Garinagu people to the government. Some of these petitions were approved immediately by the government.
Adelante was represented by Celso Batíz and Jaime Guerrero, both from the Tocoa Branch Office. They took the opportunity to promote Adelante’s work and the services that we offer as we look into expanding further into Garífuna communities. Although Adelante’s presence was not extensive, it was significant. We hope that we will be able to contribute to a greater extent during future celebrations.
Adelante clients from within Garífuna communities were also found at the event. As Credit Officer for the Iriona Zone, Jaime serves over 40 women just within the community of Limón, and many others in the neighboring Garífuna communities. Both Jaime and Celso were pleased to enjoy the presence of several women they work with regularly as they all celebrated this important anniversary. The clients in attendance also came to celebrate the day and were appreciative knowing that Adelante had not forgotten about this date, so cherished by the Garífuna people.