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Alumna Martinez Serving in Honduras

By Olivia Webb

Lee alumna, Kristen Bruce Martinez, acts as director of VER (validate, educate, and restore) International based in Honduras. She and her husband, Natàn, founded VER last year.

VER is a non-profit organization that promotes public health and hygiene by starting programs in impoverished rural communities, such as hygiene training, hosting foreign and domestic medical teams, and more. VER collaborates with community allies and local leaders to implement lasting change.

According to Martinez, VER also provides training and resources to local teachers. For long-term relief, VER helps families launch small businesses, such as pig farming.

Martinez Serves in Honduras
Kristen and Natàn Martinez

“Behind the material help that we provide these villages (medical attention, school support, house repairs, and micro-business support), our greatest hope is that individuals would discover their identity in Christ and the vocation that they were born to do in order to contribute to their communities and become agents of change themselves,” said Martinez.

VER currently works with some of the most impoverished villages in Honduras and hopes to work in other Central American countries in the future.

“In many of the remote places where we work, we find families and entire communities that are basically forgotten, literally unseen by the rest of society,” said Martinez. “This is how we chose the name VER, which means “to see” in Spanish.”

Martinez graduated from Lee in 2011 with a bachelor’s in telecommunications and minors in Latin American studies and Spanish.

Martinez and her husband live in Honduras full time.

For more information, visit VER.

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