Facts About Our Work in Honduras
Food For The Poor began serving in Honduras in 1999, after the Central American country was slammed by Hurricane Mitch in 1998. There are 76 projects underway, including water treatment and water purification, education, animal husbandry, community development, agriculture, micro-enterprise, medical, sanitation, housing, and orphan support. Food For The Poor also serves Honduras through donations of goods.
- In 2018, we built 587 homes, for a total of 8,735 homes
- In 2018, we completed eight water purification projects
- There are 15 fishing villages in Honduras
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In 2018, a total of 431 tractor-trailer loads of essential items were shipped to Honduras. The charity works very closely with its partner CEPUDO, which is based in San Pedro Sula, and the Order of Malta.
In 2018, Food For The Poor donors built 587 homes for a total of 8,735 homes for the poor in Honduras since inception. The Choloma Community Development Project is now the largest community development project under way in the Central American country.
Four of the five phases have been completed:
- Phase I consisted of 30 homes with access to water and sanitation, eco-stoves, water purification units, trees, vegetable gardens, an elementary school and agricultural technical assistance.
- Phase II consisted of 30 additional homes with access to water and sanitation, eco-stoves, trees, vegetable gardens and a community center.
- Phase III consisted of 17 homes with access to water and sanitation, eco-stoves, trees, kitchens, a welding shop, sewing center, vegetable gardens and concrete drainage ditches.
- Phase IV involved the construction of 100 homes with access to water and sanitation.
- Additional phases are underway, which will include the construction of an additional 100 homes, an expansion of the wastewater treatment plant, expansion of the current water distribution grid and agricultural initiatives. The community currently has 206 homes.
In 2018, Food For The Poor built four clinics in Honduras and is building a medical center on the island of Guanaja. Food For The Poor will be renovating and expanding the emergency room wing for internal medicine, orthopedics and surgery at the nation’s second-largest hospital, Mario Catarino Rivas
- 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. In 2018, Food For The Poor treated 57 women.
- Food For The Poor donors have built the country’s only free school for the blind and visually impaired and a school for children with special needs.
- In 2018, Food For The Poor completed eight water purification projects, and has installed a total of 70 community water wells. In 2018, Food For The Poor completed five of the eight community water projects within the communities of Villa de San Francisco in Francisco Morazan, which benefits more than 9,800 people, and nearly 2,800 people in the community of El Socorro in Siguatepeque
In 2018, Food For The Poor has built, repaired or expanded 18 schools, including the second phase of a large-scale technical school known as Choloma Technical School, which is expected to 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 also built a 4,000-square-foot transportation school with a commercial virtual vehicle simulator, which simulates vehicle types, road conditions, weather patterns and other various driving scenarios. The beneficiaries of this project come from local impoverished communities, and receive more than 480 hours of training that includes computer skills and email etiquette, as well as practical application.
- More than half of the beneficiaries have never driven a vehicle or a tractor-trailer, and 10 percent of the class are women.
- There is a shortage of truck drivers, so employment upon graduation is virtually guaranteed. A major road infrastructure project is underway that will better connect the neighboring countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua, and will run through centrally located Honduras. More than 220 drivers a year are expected to graduate, and with an average family size of six, the total number of beneficiaries is 1,320 people.
- Food For The Poor donors are helping with the care of 2,431 orphaned or abandoned children in the 42 Food For The Poor-sponsored children's homes in the Angels Of Hope program.
- Honduras has 15 fishing villages in full operation in a variety of coastal locations.
- Food For The Poor has a community development project with an agricultural component in La Campa. This project will have 98 homes, a school, a playground, community center, drainage ditches, eco-stoves, water purification units, three 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 hot peppers, green peppers, beans, corn and tomatoes. It also is equipped with a greenhouse with hydroponics.