The Honduras Child Alliance helps children gain access to opportunities by developing essential skills.
HCA coordinates community-based programs to support educational enrichment and healthy living. The Porvenir Enrichment Programs, known as 'PEP', reinforce basic academics, improve literacy in Spanish and English, build competency in computers, and cultivate an exploration of science and the arts. Operating at three locations in the seaside town of El Porvenir, classes are provided at no cost to the students.
The Honduras Child Alliance projects were initiated in response to our awareness that the cycle of poverty in Honduras is perpetuated by lack of access to education. Children are naturally curious and have a built-in desire to learn about the world around them, but as we look at the bright faces of the children in our community, it is impossible to not be mindful of circumstances causing wasted potential within their young lives.
We actively partner with Honduran community members and with volunteers and advisors from all over the world. Our commitment to inclusion across race, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ethnicity, gives us a well-rounded perspective. It is our intention for HCA projects to always cultivate this vital collaboration.
El Porvenir sits next to the Caribbean Sea, with mountains, tropical waterfalls, and cloud forests just to the south. The ‘Playa Porvenir’ (beach) is a popular place for both locals and visitors. Pineapple fields owned by Dole Fruit adjoin on two sides.
The community where we work is beautiful. Yet, this beauty is double-edged. Amid palm trees and pineapples, we have children living in homes with no indoor plumbing and only a dirt floor to sleep on. We have children who do not go to school because they cannot afford a uniform, and who drink Coca Cola for breakfast and are not sure if there will be dinner.
A recent census shows that more than half of the Honduran population is 18 years or younger. Almost two-thirds of the citizens live beneath the United Nations international extreme poverty level of $1.90 USD per day, with many having no access to basic healthcare or an education.
Yet, El Porvenir is vibrant and welcoming, and blended teams of local Honduran interns work in a unified effort with HCA’s volunteers from around the world. In our work, we encounter so many kind and generous people. Volunteers are often invited to share a meal with families who have so little but somehow make it stretch as they build genuine friendships with those who have come to support their children's education. Local shop-owners, fire-fighters, teachers, municipal workers, and of course parents, are actively supporting our efforts.
We want children to learn to make good choices, so we help students distinguish between fact, opinion, interpretation, and judgment.
We encourage creative problem solving, so we inspire children to use their imaginations.
We support our students as critical thinkers, so children are invited to ask questions and evaluate potential answers.
We expect children to become engaged citizens, so they areheld accountable for their actions.
We wish for our children to live in a peaceful world, so we model solving conflicts without violence.