Facts About Our Work in Honduras
Food For The Poor (FFTP) began serving in Honduras in 1999, after the Central American country was slammed by Hurricane Mitch in 1998. The charity works with its partner CEPUDO, which is based in San Pedro Sula, and the Order of Malta. There are 96 projects under way, including water treatment and water purification, education, animal husbandry, sustainable community developments, agriculture, micro-enterprise, medical, sanitation, housing, and support for orphaned and abandoned children. FFTP also serves Honduras through donations of goods.
In March 2020, COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, became a pandemic and FFTP responded quickly to the crisis. FFTP in partnership with Matthew 25: Ministries is supporting the manufacture of masks in five sewing centers throughout Honduras. So far, 77,700 masks have been produced, which has created income opportunity, as well as free masks for families who cannot afford to buy them.
- By the end of June, there were more than 18,000 coronavirus cases in Honduras, according to worldometers.info, filling hospitals and putting clinics over capacity.
- The need for food is critical. Since March, FFTP has been distributing food baskets to more than a thousand families weekly.
- More than 20,000 families have received a two-week supply of rice, beans, corn meal for tortillas, and MannaPacks. These actions have been supplemented by donations of avocados, bananas, chickens, and other food items whenever possible.
In the first six months of 2020, FFTP shipped 140 tractor-trailer loads of essential items to Honduras.
In the first six months of 2020, FFTP donors built 221 homes for a total of 9,431 homes 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 along with a clean water project.
- Additional phases are underway. Those will include an additional 200 homes, construction of 50 two-bedroom homes with water and sanitation, construction of 50 healthy kitchens with eco-stoves, provision of 50 water purification units and construction of a secondary school. This project already has completed the expansion of the wastewater treatment plant, expansion of the current water distribution grid, water purification plant, construction of a kinder preschool and income-generating activities, including a plantain project, bakery and plantain chip factory and other activities. The community has more than 220 homes.
FFTP donors have built a large clinic on the island of Guanaja. In 2019, FFTP completed renovating and expanding the emergency room wing for internal medicine, orthopedics and surgery at the nation’s second-largest hospital, Mario Catarino Rivas. The expansion has helped to accommodate COVID-19 patients.
In 2019, FFTP completed an improvement project at Gracias Hospital, and responded to an outbreak of a parasitical tropical disease called leishmaniasis by building a patient treatment annex wing. The charity responded to a massive dengue outbreak with the purchase of foggers to fumigate the areas and mosquito nets for thousands of families. Most recently, the new wing has been used as additional space for COVID-19 patients.
In the first six months of 2020, FFTP installed 24 community water wells. The charity also is working to build 10 wastewater treatment systems near Olancho, Honduras, for more than 25,000 residents in these communities:
- Barrio El Espino, Catacamas
- Colonia San Carlos, Catacamas
- Barrio de Jesus, Juticalpa
- Barrio La Hoya, Juticalpa
- Jutiquile, Juticalpa
- El Pataste, Catacamas
- El Encino, Catacamas
- Toro Muerto, San Esteban
- Barrio Buenos, Santa Maria del Real
- El Marañon, Cortes
In the first six months of 2020, FFFP built, repaired or expanded six schools. FFTP plans to build another two schools before the start of the new school year that begins in February 2021. Since 2009, FFTP has built, repaired or expanded 161 schools.
In 2018, FFTP 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.
- There is a shortage of truck drivers, so employment upon graduation is virtually guaranteed. A major road infrastructure project is under way 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 number of beneficiaries is 1,320 people.
- Half of all students will be women on scholarship, in order to promote women into jobs in this high-demand field. They will receive food donations and a monthly stipend while they are in school and cannot work.
In the first six months of 2020, FFTP donors helped with the care of 2,725 orphaned and abandoned children in the 45 children’s homes in the Angels Of Hope program.
Honduras has 15 fishing villages.
In 2018, FFTP established a community development project with an agricultural component in La Campa. The community has 100 homes, a school, a kinder preschool, 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. The community also has a wastewater treatment plant and paved roads.
The population is approximately 9.2 million residents. The language is Spanish and Catholicism is the largest religion. The currency is the lempira and the GDP per capita is $5,600.