A critical first step in this commitment is the improvement of the primary education environment in remote villages where children's ability to learn is inhibited by the most basic health and welfare concerns.
In 2012, Friends of Honduras USA completed three new schools, devised and installed five effective water purification systems, and energized numerous community volunteers. With your help we will continue to develop enduring programs that are changing lives now and brightening the country's future.
Friends of Honduras USA is a 501C-3 non-profit organization established in 2009 for the purposes of providing advocacy for the victims of poverty and abuse in Honduras, promoting democracy, and facilitating trustworthy communication. Honduras is a Central American country with a long pro-US history and an active network of dedicated individuals and organizations committed to the continuation of this alliance.
Due to extreme generational poverty and lack of sufficient government or private infrastructure, the majority of residents live daily without clean water, especially in outlying areas and in the 34 satellite villages in a 5-mile radius under the purview of the San Antonio de Cortes Mayor and Town Council. Virtually every person is afflicted with intestinal parasites and/or worms that are highly debilitating to over-all health. In some areas more than 30% of children die before age 5 because of water-borne illness and disease. Many rely on natural streams, creeks and run-off frequented by myriad domestic and wild animals, the commensurate urine and feces, along with toxins, flowing unmitigated downstream to their catchments, becoming the “poison” they cannot live with or without. For all those with bad water or those with “better” water quality, but less than pure, there is the attraction (and now, addiction) and ready availability of sugared soft drinks so prevalent in Latin America. The effects are dramatic: dental disease and tooth loss, even in the young, with the attendant pain, and a dizzying acceleration in the number of new and worsening diabetes diagnoses. A clean, reliable water source will significantly reduce suffering and promote healthier living, especially for children.
Although affecting change for the sake of change and helping people, especially children, achieve better, more successful lives is excellent humanitarian work and a worthy goal in and of itself, Project: Educate is dedicated to a higher purpose that has everything to do with for whom or Whom the work is done. Is it solely for children and improvement of lives? Or is the ultimate Recipient One Who jealously asks for these and all other gifts of service be given for Himself, because He knows He deserves them, and accepts them to the Glory of God because He knows He alone has the capacity to multiply and empower them to become infinitely more than a mere human exchange. We intend to do the following work to and through the Master of all, Christ Jesus, knowing the benefit children receive will be far greater for the giving. We will work with area evangelical churches to offer education to those in need, with a higher purpose.
Project: Poultry exists to provide a Hand Up (not a hand-out) to offer those who need a start, encouraging them to responsibly work to build a flock of chickens that daily produces nourishment that will feed their families. If developed and grown effectively, this may also provide income, garnering hope of escaping generational poverty. We’ve heard symbolic comparisons of giving a person a “fish” (in this case, a chicken) for one meal with the better idea of “teaching them to fish” (teaching them to raise a flock of chickens), preparing them to catch meals of fish for a lifetime. We believe there is another step of comparison that does not appear to be employed to a major extent. This is the idea of teaching people and/or groups of people to symbolically “Own the Pond” (own their own flock), thereby working toward a better, more prosperous future for themselves, their community and future generations that may otherwise remain trapped in a never-ending cycle of generational poverty of goods and of spirit and, worst of all, of hopelessness.