A $275 donation will help send a student to secondary school for a full year! This helps a family to cover the cost of fees, ground transportation (the highest cost item), books, school supplies, and uniforms.
We accept donations of school supplies, backpacks and Spanish-language books. Churches, civic groups, and social clubs often take up collections of these materials which our volunteers take to Honduras.
We work closely with the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras and Deanery of Yuscaran. Our Spiritual Advisor in-country is The Reverend Dagoberto Chacon, who also serves as our Honduras Education Coordinator. Reverendo Dagoberto, together with Reverenda Lourdes del Carmen Herrera, work closely with the villages we serve. They know the families as well as the village teachers and community leaders. They and other leaders in each village carefully select students for enrollment in our Education Program. The child selected in a family for further education is frequently the one who earned the highest grades during the elementary education terms, and it is a painful selection process to watch as parents choose who among their children will and will not get this opportunity.
The students are interviewed, and the selection team completes an assessment of each student considering the child’s ability to satisfy academic requirements as well as the student’s character and behavior. The Honduran team works closely with the U.S. Honduras Good Works Education Committee. However, we take our direction from the onsite Honduras team.
Honduras Good Works then provides the financial resources to cover the fees, transportation, books and uniforms for students enrolled in the school year. We know that the best way to make a lifelong difference for a rural Honduran youth is to make it possible for him or her to continue their education past the sixth grade.
70% of our high school graduates express a desire to continue their studies in some form of higher education–a trade school or a university. In the beginning, students’ highest hopes were to become a school teacher. Now they speak openly and enthusiastically about wanting to be a doctor, engineer, or lawyer. Many express interests in mastering a trade to become skilled craftsmen like mechanics, carpenters, electricians and so on.
Beginning in 2012, we are setting aside 10% of all donations to the Education Program in a fund to support Higher Education tuition.
Long Term Goals
- Increase the number of students in secondary school to 300
- Build secondary schools in the villages we serve
- Groom our own teachers in these villages so they stay after graduation and teach in their own communities
- Provide college and trade school scholarships to students who qualify for higher education tuition support.
Cindy Smith – Chair
Mary Nell Frucella | Laird Markland | Brian McDonough | Armando Ruiz