educate. is a small non-profit, non-governmental organisation that supports educational projects and preventative healthcare initiatives in Honduras.
In Honduras, the second-poorest country in Central America, 66% of the population lives in poverty. Following a military coup in June 2009, the country suffered an aid freeze that led to humanitarian crisis, the effects of which continue today. Violence is a part of everyday life - Honduras is one of the most violent countries in the world, and children are regularly recruited into street gangs. School attendance drops below 50% for secondary school, and for those from poorer backgrounds, studying at university is nearly impossible without the financial support of scholarships.
Although we acknowledge that many of Honduras' problems are structural, we believe that it is possible to have practical, micro-level impacts on people’s lives, and that the best way to achieve this in a sustainable, local way is through education. We work to provide opportunities for Honduras' children and young people to go to school, university, or gain vocational training. The work we do is small on a grand scale, but for the individuals we support it is life-changing.
The mission of educate. is to empower at-risk children and youth in Honduras through access to education and preventative healthcare. With this goal in mind, we provide school sponsorship programmes and funding to education and health-related projects around Honduras at underfunded schools and orphanages.
Our projects at schools and orphanages aim to make them more inviting and effective places for students to learn, thereby not only helping children stay in education, but also keeping them off the streets and lowering their risk of being recruited into gangs.
Our scholarship grants give driven, talented students in need of financial assistance the opportunity to go on to further their education. This is not only an investment in the skills of a single individual, but can also motivate other students to remain in secondary school, knowing there is the possibility of higher education at the end. It will also have far-reaching effects on the students' futures and their families.
Currently, we are sponsoring two students at university, First of all, the incredibly driven Stephanie Chevez, the daughter of two Honduran farmers, who graduated in the top 3 in her highschool. Stephanie is now studying medicine in San Pedro Sula on an educate. scholarship, an opportunity her family could not have afforded her.
Secondly, Tania Caballero, who's grandfather's work as a shoemaker makes up the income of the entire family. Although she graduated with a 97% average from her local high school, she could not afford to go to university. With educate.'s support she is now studying industrial engineering. Both these girls are the first in their immediate family to go to university.
We also have three other projects that we have been working on.
Firstly, we have been working with the dedicated staff at the El Hogar de Niños orphanage in Santa Barbara to start an animal therapy programme for children who have suffered immense emotional, physical and sexual abuse.
Secondly, we are working with the Honduras-based non-profit Chispa Project to start a library at a public elementary school in the city of El Progreso.
Finally, we are working the Escuela Guadalupe Ulloa in the rural town of Trinidad to bring books and furniture to start a library there. There are no bookshope or libraries in Trinidad, and this lack of literary resources has a profound impact on both teachers and students.
By investing in the development of skills in Honduran youth, we hope to help empower them become doctors, teachers, innovators and leaders who will create possibilities for further local, sustainable growth and development.
We envision a Honduras where all children and youth have the opportunity to gain a quality education.
However, all of the work we do relies on donations. Help us to continue supporting our projects by donating here!
To find out more, visit our website: www.educate-ngo.com
educate. is a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) with the Scottish Charity Register. Our charity number is SC047277.