HCA partners both locally and globally with like-minded organizations seeking to make a difference.
Level Up Village (LUV):
Level Up Village (LUV) delivers pioneering global ‘STEAM’ (science, tech, engineering, arts & math) courses that promote design thinking and one-to-one collaboration on real world problems between K-9 students in the U.S. and partner students in developing countries. Through the guided exchange of video messages, together, students apply design thinking to real-world problems, and in the process, gain a greater understanding of each other’s lives and cultures.
Level Up Village (LUV) and Honduras Child Alliance share the belief that, together – in partnership with schools, communities and Not For Profit organizations – we can create a paradigm shift in how we educate our children.
Unencumbered by testing requirements, we have the luxury of being able to push our students toward 21st century skills that have yet to be quantified: intercultural fluency and digital literacy.
Level Up Village believes that kids learn by doing, by applying, by playing. HCA knows this to be true as well! Level Up Village classes give children that opportunity – locally and internationally, virtually and physically.
Hamilton-Benest House, Healthy Living Program : Dental hygiene and HIV awareness
Hamilton-Benest House Director and Honduras Child Alliance Board Member, Anne Fowler operates a project that provides a variety of healthy living programs to children in El Porvenir and La Union. When it’s time for Anne’s annual dental teams, HCA volunteers drop everything to help!
Each year, for one week in February and one week in March, HCA volunteers pause the regular programs and spend two weeks assisting two teams from Canada who bring dentists and hygienists to treat children in El Porvenir and La Union. The teams see 400+ children each year! Our HCA volunteers help with scheduling, escorting the children from classes to the clinic, keeping records and assisting the hygienists. It’s a learning experience for sure and we’re thrilled that the dental health in our community has notably improved in the 9 years that the Hamilton-Benest House dental teams have been visiting.
We are so grateful to our local firefighters and emergency workers, the Bomberos Porvenir. We have partnered with them on a shoe distribution (over 400 shoes given out in one day!), delivering holiday gifts, physical exams & health fairs, a trampoline program and much more!
The Bomberos Porvenir work with local youth in a Jr. Firefighters program, a marching band and other mentoring roles. They are a large reason that our community is so safe and we appreciate their ongoing friendship and hard work!
Muskoka Foundation / Do Good As You Go
In addition to visual arts projects built into the everyday HCA programs, HCA partners with the Muskoka Foundation / Do Good As you Go in the area of digital photography. Do Good As You Go has provided digital cameras and professional volunteers to supplement our program with photo workshops for our students.
A recent photography project called ‘Portals’ incorporated the work of 6 of our HCA students into documenting the essence and flavor of our community of El Porvenir. Here’s an ALBUM of 30 photos, direct from the eyes of the children we work with!
Soles4Souls is a nonprofit enterprise “committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing.” According to their website, they have distributed 26 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries and all 50 US states. Our HCA volunteers join with teams of Soles4Souls volunteers to help distribute the shoes in El Porvenir.
They have a well-organized system to make sure the shoes get to those who really need them. HCA has partnered with Soles4Souls on several occasions to and we always look forward to the chance to work with them again.