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 98 projects underway, including water, 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 the first six months of 2018, we built 296 homes, for a total of 7,692 homes
- In the first six months of 2018, we installed 40 community water wells
- There are 15 fishing villages in Honduras
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In the first six months of 2018, a total of 196 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 the first six months of 2018, Food For The Poor donors built 296 homes for a total of 7,692 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 double-unit homes with access to water and sanitation, health combo (eco-stoves/water purification units), trees, vegetable gardens, and elementary school and agricultural technical assistance.
- Phase II consisted of 30 additional double-unit homes with access to water and sanitation, eco-stoves, trees, vegetable gardens and a community center.
- Phase III consisted of 17 double-unit 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 double-unit homes with access to water and sanitation.
- Phase V will include the construction of an additional 100 homes, an expansion of the wastewater treatment plant, the implementation of a water system and expansion of the current water distribution grid and agricultural initiatives. The community currently has 293 homes.
In 2017, Food For The Poor built seven 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, and an emergency room. Food For The Poor also is building the first and only hospital on the island of Guanaja, and is renovating and expanding the emergency room wing for internal medicine, orthopedics and surgery.
- 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 80 women.
In 2017, Food For The Poor added one additional fishing village 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 devices, depth finders and a gear shed to house all of the equipment.
- 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.
- In the first six months of 2018, Food For The Poor completed five projects and installed a total of 40 community water wells. Food For The Poor also completed five community water projects within the community 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 the first six months of 2018, Food For The Poor built eight 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 transportation school, complete with a commercial vehicle simulator, which will meet the high demand for qualified drivers and instruct more than 200 beneficiaries per year. Food For The Poor also completed construction of a large-scale vocational school in Ocotepeque.
- 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.
- Food For The Poor donors are helping with the care of 2,324 children in the 42 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, 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 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 project, 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.