Roatan is an island of Honduras facing difficult conditions including high levels of poverty, lack of civil services, poor healthcare, and other problems associated with underdeveloped areas. Learning of these problems, Vince, a professional carpenter, wanted to travel to the island to use his skills for the people of the island. A group of 15 volunteers traveled to Roatan in 2008 and rehabilitated a house for a poor family. This was the first introduction to the island where they learned about the difficult conditions, about the logistics of working on the island, and most importantly made personal connections with the community. This inspired the volunteers to return.
During a second trip in 2009 the volunteers worked on a house for another family. They made many new friends and became more cognizant of the lack of infrastructure in an area of the island called La Colonia. It is a crowded community built on very steep slopes with no way for residents to travel except by climbing the dangerous, crude, trails up the hills. After being exposed to these conditions while working on the house, the volunteers determined it would help the entire community if they were able to build steps up the hill. They spoke with the people they had met in the area and all agreed that steps would be very desirable.
In 2010 volunteers returned to build the steps. It was a very ambitious project, but they were determined to build as many steps as they could. As they began working on building steps the volunteers were joined by more and more local people who came to help work on this project for their community. It was only due to the help of the local people that the volunteers were able to build 101 concrete steps up the entire hill in just 2 weeks. Tremendously inspired by the commitment of the locals who worked with them, the volunteers decided to continue to construct community projects collaboratively with the community. This remains the central motive of CV.
When CV returned in 2011 and 2013 the community partners requested more steps. CV began hiring workers to help complete the projects. While they have never had the funds to pay all those who work with them, CV wants to pay as many of those as it can as many are unemployed.