Seeking a path out of crime and poverty for the youngest and most vulnerable of the Honduran population.
  • Addressing Corruption and Violent Crime
    Addressing Corruption and Violent Crime

    The rate of corruption and violent crime in Honduras is among the worst in the world.

  • Combating Illiteracy
    Combating Illiteracy

    Eighty percent of the population in rural areas is illiterate.  The youngest children in remote villages of Honduras are our primary target.

  • Offering a Path Out of Poverty
    Offering a Path Out of Poverty

    A path out of the crime and poverty for the children of Honduras is our ultimate goal. 

  • Desperate Need
    Desperate Need

    Providing safe educational environments addresses desperate need, produces quick results, and will be long-lasting.

  • A School in San Juan
    A School in San Juan

    Promoting education by providing educational facilities that are safe and convenient is the most effective means toward this goal. 

  • Community Involvement
    Community Involvement

    Local ownership within the country will allow us to reach the villages in most desperate need.

  • Support from Leaders
    Support from Leaders

    Strong endorsement and financial support from influential leaders, local communities, and businesses within Honduras are essential.

  • Identifying Priorities
    Identifying Priorities

    Individual on-site assessments and conferences with parents, teachers, and community leaders identify priorities for building construction or renovation, sanitation upgrades, basic furnishings, and school supplies.

  • Drawing from Local Resources
    Drawing from Local Resources

    To benefit the local economy, labor and building supplies are acquired locally as is possible.

The following is the breakdown of material costs for each portion of the school construction.

  • A normal one-classroom school serves 30 students.
  • Approximate cost of the total construction for a one-classroom school including furnishings (chalkboard, desks for children and teacher, and bookcases and shelves) is $15,000.
  • Approximate cost for a two-classroom school is $25,000.

The school in the village of Las Americas replaces a rented 10' X 10' room, the back room of a home, where 35 kindergarteners had been gathering faithfully to begin their formal education. Over-crowding and many other hazards posed threats to the children's safety and seriously inhibited their learning experiences.

Through the enthusiasm of San Antonio Mayor Amner Mendoza, Friends of Honduras USA was made aware of the needs of Andres Abelino Orellana Kindergarten in the village of San Luis. This two-classroom facility serving 50 children was lacking materials and funds for its completion. Mayor Mendoza worked with Friends of Honduras USA to secure funds and organize the support of local businesses and individuals to meet these needs. This school building was completed in early March 2012.

With enthusiasm and commitment growing among community leaders and parents of kindergarten age children, plans were drawn for the construction of a new school building for Pedro Nufio Kindergarten in the community of Colonia, San Juan to replace the current one of primitive construction.  This simple but practical one-classroom plan consists of a concrete floor, reinforced concrete block walls, metal roof, bars and screens for windows, restroom, and an exterior metal door.  Physical and financial support from the local area and from businesses in Honduras and the United States allowed for the opening of this school in September 10, 2012.

Construction of the third kindergarten, Elia Gloria Orellana in Barrio Plan Verde serving 25 to 35 kindergarteners was begun in the spring of 2012 as well.  Parents and educators worked tirelessly with bare hands and primitive tools to level the plot and clear away rocks and debris for the pouring of the foundation.   With this overwhelming local support, the Elia Gloria Orellana School opened with great celebration on July 9, 2012.

Schools of San Antonio, Cortes, Honduras

Beginning in late 2011, Friends of Honduras USA focused its efforts to provide clean water and safe convenient school buildings for the children of San Antonio, Cortes, Honduras.  San Antonio is an 87 square mile municipality with a school population of 8,000 children enrolled in 40 schools including kindergarten, middle, and high school.