Located in northern Honduras, the Cangrejal River valley is home to thousands of self-described campesinos (lower income rural farmers) who live in simple adobe huts with palm branch roofs. Most people in these communities depend on their harvests of beans and corn to sustain their families. The natural beauty of the area’s steep mountains, winding rivers, and cascading waterfalls is contrasted by barren patches of brown and black - evidence of the widespread use of slash and burn agriculture. In contrast to their dire lack of adequate education, community unification, and cultural awareness, the people are characterized by elegance, generosity, and humility.
The mountainous terrain and the rough, winding gravel road make it so that the area is removed enough to be severely lacking in access to education, health care and economic opportunity. Arriving to the valley from La Ceiba, the third-largest city in Honduras, one immediately notes the numerous gaps between urban and rural Honduras—especially in the lack of opportunities for educational advancement and glaring absence of learning resources. With the proliferation of ecotourism in the region, economic disparities will be pronounced—unless the community is given the tools to step in and is supported to make well-informed decisions predicated on education.