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 79 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 the first six months of 2019, Food For The Poor donors built 241 homes for a total of 8,976 homes since inception
- We completed five water purification projects
- There are 15 fishing villages in Honduras
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In the first six months of 2019, a total of 175 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 the first six months of 2019, Food For The Poor donors built 241 homes for a total of 8,976 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.
- 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 and agricultural initiatives. The community has 206 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.
In the first six months of 2019, Food For The Poor completed five water purification projects and another six are being built. The charity also installed 14 community water wells.
Food For The Poor also has completed three community water projects, including the Sabana de Suarez Water Project, which provides water to more than 1,085 people. 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 the first six months of 2019, Food For The Poor has built, repaired or expanded 14 schools, and is building 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 2,204 orphaned or abandoned children in the 41 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 79 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.