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 British Columbia, 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 Tegucigalpa and surrounding communities, and in Santa Barbara. The program is tailored to the local needs in each community.
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.
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.
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.