Our Mission Statement
Working with families in Honduras to improve education, health, and economic opportunity, enabling them to live more productive lives.
The HELP Honduras Society is an organization registered in BC, Canada. It is approved as a charity by the Canada Revenue Agency and issues tax receipts for income tax purposes. Beneficiaries are the working poor in Honduras. Presently we are active in three locations. The program is slightly different in each depending on local needs.
Most members are Rotarians, and our partner organizations are Rotary Clubs, The Rotary Foundation, and AYO (Alternativas y Opportunidades).
HELP Honduras coordinates the preparation of global grant applications but grants are funded and administered by Rotary Clubs and the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation of Canada directs money from the Government of Canada to HELP Honduras for projects meeting the goals of The Rotary Foundation and the Government of Canada.
Alternativas Y Oportunidades (AYO) is a Honduran NGO (Non Government Organization) controlled by Rotarians from four Rotary Clubs in Tegucigalpa. HELP Honduras has an agency agreement with AYO which outlines the responsibilities of both partners in all programs.
The beneficiaries are the families of people who work in the public markets and the municipal dump in Tegucigalpa.
Honduras is the second poorest country in the Americas. It is also one of the most violent, home of many drug gangs, both homegrown and driven from Mexico. We have six partner Rotary Clubs in Honduras with a track record of action and good stewardship. We believe that education is an inoculation against poverty.
We started by buying uniforms, shoes, books, and school supplies to enable children to attend school in Tegucigalpa. We subsequently decided to do the same program in Santa Barbara and Danli. Then we expanded to train mothers in Tegucigalpa and Santa Barbara and to build secondary schools in Santa Barbara. We are currently examining a possible expansion to Comayagua.
As well as the student sponsorships and other programs, HELP Honduras also pays the salaries of some of the staff of AYO. Without this staff the sponsorships and other programs cannot take place.
In Santa Barbara the main emphasis is on Secondary Education. Many villages around Santa Barbara have primary but no Secondary Schools, thus education stops at grade 6. HELP Honduras provides materials to local Rotarians, Canadian Volunteers and the student’s parents, who build the schools, at approximately $10,000/classroom.
Primary school attendance is not a major problem in Santa Barbara, so sponsorships are for secondary, vocational and university students only.