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Honduras (11)

I think all of us struggle with the question

“What should I do with my life?”

I don’t think we can ever see the full answer, the path of exactly where our life will lead. But I do believe that God gives us the steps. After one summer in Honduras, I strongly felt that I was supposed to return  and I am not sure at the time I knew why exactly. After witnessing such poverty I knew that I felt obligated to do something about it. I also knew that I enjoyed traveling, learning from other people, and testing my limits.

But now I know that it was all part of God’s plan for me to grow in my faith while helping his people, our people.

As I anxiously waited for the Fulbright acceptance letter, I thought about how I might raise funds to sponsor clean drinking water projects throughout Honduran villages. And, after talking with some of my best friends in our horribly colored brown house on Keifaber street in the middle of the University of Dayton campus,

I decided that perhaps I should shave my head

on stage in Daytona in front of about 2,000 of our classmates!

I had always wondered what it would feel like to have a buzz cut and well it just seemed like the perfect way to raise awareness about Honduras.

So that is just what I did! Not only was the fundraiser a success but it also, at least I hope, inspired my peers to peruse their passion and gain a new perspective on what makes us beautiful!


Through a small donation you can join me in this mission to empower and enable Hondurans

to improve their quality of life!

I have been awarded the Fulbright U.S. Student Program in Honduras that will allow me to live and work in central Honduras for 10 months, beginning this September! I shall be collaborating with the non-profit Ohio based organization, Heart to Honduras (, that has been assisting those in need since 1989! 

I shall be donating my hair to senior Caroline Thomas who will be using it in a sculpture piece highlighting feminity!

Special thanks to the following individuals:

  Zach Babbe (senior Marketing major) who designed the website and helped with advertising!

 Jill Pajka (senior Fine Arts and English double major) who designed all of the logos!

(APPLY for a Fulbright or learn more about the program:

Contact me at or if you are in Honduras my number is 504- 9638 -2275

4 thoughts on “Home

  1. Dear Milena
    You are fantastic, as always!
    I am so proud to have such a splendid, beautiful person as our granddaughter.
    But — your hair — are you sure?? Only kidding! It’s a creative idea and wouldn’t expect less.
    Love and you will hear more from me about a donation, after I give it alittle more thought!

  2. You are awesome!!! I hate, hate, hate to see your beautiful hair gone but what a terrific reason. The villages in Honduras are blessed to have you work so hard to improve the quality of their lives. We also know how much you are hoping for the opportunity to go back and help your Honduran family, so we would be happy to make a donation. Love you tons – Jamie & Tim

  3. Milena, this is a very honorable of you to give your time and energy to the people of Honduras to improve their quality of life. I am moved that you have desided to outwardly express your steadfast desire in your heart to raise money to accomplish your tasks abroad!
    Love and Hugs

  4. March 13/2013

    Dear Milena, I’m so very proud of you. You told me at Tiffany’s Wedding about your dream of doing this. So follow your dream.Only someone with a heart and dedication as yours could do something like this. My love and prayers will always be with you.
    With that beautiful smile and inner beauty you’ll always achieve anything that you want out of life and that includes giving up part of your life to help others in need. To be sure God will be there to guide you and give you the strength and guidance that you need.
    As far as your hair, that beautiful hair of yours, such a unselfish thing to do, you are such a special person, I’m proud to be your Aunt.

    With love and admiration
    Aunt Marisa

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