Facts About Our Work in Honduras
Food For The Poor began serving in Honduras in 1999, shortly after the Central American country was slammed by Hurricane Mitch in 1998. There are 91 projects underway, including water purification, animal husbandry, community development, agriculture, micro-enterprise, sanitation, housing, medical and orphan support. Food For The Poor also serves Honduras through donations of goods, and as of August 2017, has shipped 214 tractor-trailer loads of essential items. The charity works very closely with its partner CEPUDO, which is based in San Pedro Sula.
- We have built 372 housing units for a total of 14,192 housing units as of August 2017
- As of August 2017, Food For The Poor has built 15 schools
- There are 15 fishing villages in Honduras
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As of August 2017, Food For The Poor donors have built 372 housing units for a total of 14,192 housing units for the poor in Honduras since inception. The La Esperanza Community Development Project is the largest community development project under way in Honduras.
Five phases have been completed:
- Phase I consists of 30 double-unit homes with access to water and sanitation, eco-stoves, trees, vegetable gardens and a school.
- Phase II consists of 30 additional double-unit homes with access to water and sanitation, eco-stoves, trees, vegetable gardens, a kindergarten and a community center.
- Phase III consists of 25 double-unit homes with access to water and sanitation, eco-stoves, trees, vegetable gardens and concrete drainage ditches.
- Phase IV consists of 30 double-unit homes with access to water and sanitation, eco-stoves, water purification units, trees, vegetable gardens, concrete waste water ditches and a multi-use sports complex.
- Phase V was completed and has a water-waste filtered drainage system that eliminates the problem of standing water in storm drains. The charity also has built medical and security posts. Sixty housing units also were completed, bringing the total number of houses to 115.
As of August 2017, three phases were completed and two additional phases are underway in the community of Juan Orlando Hernandez, in the municipality of Choloma.
- The community will have 217 homes, a school, a community center, a sewing center, a welding center, drainage ditches and a state-of-the-art ecological sanitation system, which repurposes the filtered water for agricultural use — the first of its kind in Honduras.
As of August 2017, Food For The Poor has built five clinics, a trauma bay — the country’s first, a physical rehabilitation and speech therapy center, a 5,000-square-foot maternity center for the nations’ second-largest hospital, an emergency room and is building the first and only hospital on the island of Guanaja.
- Food For The Poor provides cancer treatment for women, including biopsies, lumpectomies, mastectomies, radiation and chemotherapy treatments through its ongoing Ribbons of Love Women’s Cancer Treatment Program. Food For The Poor has treated more than 60 women.
In 2016, Food For The Poor opened three additional fishing villages, one on the island of Guanaja (located in a chain of islands known as the Bay Islands), one in Miramar, La Ceiba, Atlantida, and one in Nueva Armenia, Jutiapa, Atlantida. An additional fishing village was built in 2017 in Trujillo, Colon, known as Capiro y Gerico. This brings the total number of fishing villages to 15. Each fishing village receives four or five fiberglass boats with 40 HP motors for each boat, which are shared by a team of 16 to 28 fishermen. The villages are equipped with coolers and freezers, locking storage sheds, fishing tackle and safety equipment, GPS, depth finders and a gear shed to house all of the equipment.
- A fish market was constructed at the Coopespcol Fishing Village in Puerto Cortes, which provides additional income to the fishermen and their families. The market has an administration area, plus cleaning, cashier and display areas with state-of-the-art equipment, including refrigerated display cases and a flaked ice machine.
- A fish market was built to support the two fishing villages in Tela. The market has a storefront and courtyard restaurant. Training in administration, culinary arts, presentation and hospitality is being provided.
- There are five ongoing water projects that supply clean water through wells, filtration and other distribution systems. As of August 2017, Food For The Poor has drilled and installed 19 community water wells.
- As of August 2017, Food For The Poor has built 15 schools, which include technical, secondary and elementary schools. A large-scale technical school known as Choloma Technical School will extend educational accessibility to more than 1,400 students. The school provides an education from first to ninth grade, and features several vocational training courses as well as specialization courses necessary for admittance into a university.
- Food For The Poor donors have built the country’s only free school for the blind and visually impaired.
- Food For The Poor donors are helping with the care of 1,572 children in the 35 Food For The Poor-sponsored orphanages in the Angels Of Hope program.
- Food For The Poor has a community development project with an agricultural component in La Campa. This project consists of 90 homes with a school, playground, community center, drainage ditches, eco-stoves and water purification units, two water tanks with distribution grids to pipe water directly to each home, and a drip-water irrigation agriculture project on more than 14 acres of land for the cultivation of tabasco peppers, green peppers, beans, corn and tomatoes. It also is equipped with a greenhouse with aquaponics.
- Food For The Poor began its first-ever honey production plant, complete with a carpentry and production center. In 2017, donors built a cocoa-drying facility, which is enabling farmers to earn more than double their previous earnings without the ability to dry the cocoa.