Seeking a path out of crime and poverty for the youngest and most vulnerable of the Honduran population.
  • The Old School
    The Old School

    Many children walk an hour or more to school each day.  For the youngest children meeting in their local neighborhoods, a metal roof supported by poles becomes their school.  Classes cannot meet in the rainy season and, to protect against theft and damage, supplies and furnishings must be taken home each night.

  • Clearing Ground
    Clearing Ground

    To meet the needs of the youngest children, volunteers and members of the community work together to clear and level ground to prepare the site for the building of a new school.

  • Digging the Foundation
    Digging the Foundation

    Digging of the foundation is complete.

  • Laying Bricks
    Laying Bricks

    The blocks are laid.

  • Metal Reinforcements
    Metal Reinforcements

    The metal reinforcement rods are in place.

  • Putting Up the Walls
    Putting Up the Walls

    The building takes shape as the walls are completed.

  • The Interior Walls
    The Interior Walls

    The completed interior walls reveal a spacious area for a classroom and a small area set aside for a restroom.

  • Framing the Roof
    Framing the Roof

    The roof is framed.

  • The Roof
    The Roof

    Roof installation is complete.

  • Construction Complete
    Construction Complete

    Construction is complete.  The new school awaits windows, a door, paint, and cleanup.

  • Painting  the Outside
    Painting the Outside

    Volunteers join community members to paint the exterior.

  • Interior Painting
    Interior Painting

    Volunteers and community members paint the interior.

  • Cleanup

    Interior cleanup is completed.

  • Windows and Door
    Windows and Door

    Windows and door are ready for installation.

  • Heading to the New School
    Heading to the New School

    Children, parents, and volunteers arrive to tour their new school.

  • Outside with Students
    Outside with Students

    Kindergarteners and their teacher pose with Friends of Honduras USA Director Roland Dale on the porch of their new school.

  • Students Inside
    Students Inside

    July 9, 2012. Outfitted with desks and backpacks, these happy children begin their first day in their new school.

  • Thank You!
    Thank You!

    The children say "Thank You!"

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.

While older children are able to walk longer distances for school, it is necessary to the safety of the younger children to provide kindergarten facilities closer within communities.  Thus, for many locations in this remote mountain environment, kindergarteners attend schools consisting of poles supporting a metal roof without any protection from the elements; classes are unable to meet during the rainy seasons; and to avoid damage and theft, it is necessary for parents and teachers to carry home all furnishings and supplies at the end of each day.

Friends of Honduras USA Director Roland Dale began the San Antonio endeavor by engaging the cooperation of community leaders and educational personnel.  San Antonio was selected as the target area due primarily to enthusiasm and willingness expressed early on by Mayor Amner Mendoza for garnering the support of parents and teachers throughout the school districts of San Antonio to take responsibility for improving their communities.  As the result, citizens have been active in school construction as well as trash cleanup/disposal and landscaping for the improvement of their living environment.