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 91 projects under way, including water treatment and water purification, education, animal husbandry, sustainable community development, agriculture, micro-enterprise, medical, sanitation, housing, and orphan support. Food For The Poor also serves Honduras through donations of goods.
- In 2019, Food For The Poor donors built 475 homes for a total of 9,210 homes since inception
- We completed five water purification projects
- There are 15 fishing villages in Honduras
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In 2019, a total of 320 tractor-trailer loads of essential items were shipped to Honduras. The charity works with its partner CEPUDO, which is based in San Pedro Sula, and the Order of Malta.
In 2019, Food For The Poor donors built 475 homes for a total of 9,210 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, which will include an additional 200 homes, an expansion of the wastewater treatment plant, expansion of the current water distribution grid, water purification plant, construction of a secondary school, 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 220 homes.
Food For The Poor has built a large clinic on the island of Guanaja. Food For The Poor is in the process of 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 also built a maternity center in the same hospital. Food For The Poor recently completed an improvement project at Gracias Hospital, and responded to the leishmaniasis crisis by building a patient treatment annex wing and responded to the massive dengue outbreak with the purchase of foggers to fumigate the areas and mosquito nets for thousands of families.
In 2019, Food For The Poor completed five water purification projects, and installed 35 community water wells. Food For The Poor also completed the Sabana de Suarez Water Project, which provides water to more than 1,085 residents.
Food For The Poor also built two wastewater treatment systems for the communities of La Esperanza in Nueva Arcadia, Copan, and Villa Mendez in La Campa, Lempira. An additional wastewater treatment plant is being built in Colonia Juan Orlando Hernandez in Choloma, Cortes.
In 2019, Food For The Poor has built, repaired or expanded 19 schools, including the third phase of a large-scale technical school known as Choloma Technical School, which is expected to have more 1,000 students. The school provides an education from first to 11th grade, and features several vocational training courses as well as specialized courses necessary for university admission.
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.
- 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.
Food For The Poor donors are helping with the care of 2,586 orphaned or abandoned children in the 45 Food For The Poor-sponsored children’s homes in the Angels Of Hope program.
Honduras has 15 fishing villages in operation.
Food For The Poor has a community development project with an agricultural component in La Campa. This project 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 nine million residents. The language is Spanish and Catholic is their largest religious denomination. The currency is the lempira and the GDP per capita is $5,600.