Development projects through our foundation
Generating job opportunities.
The development of small businesses is a great way to generate jobs, community wealth, and to train and educate employees in work disciplines and skills. In the last couple years churches and foundations have blessed us by providing the initial capital to start great businesses. More than 150 jobs have been created and some of these businesses have become self-sufficient.
- Tortillería Factory – Choluteca
- Coffee Casa Hogar Vida – Café Etnos Choluteca
- Tilapia Production – Choluteca / La Ceiba
- Craft Shop – Choluteca / La Ceiba
Vital for developing a healthy family
A home is not only a place to sleep or keep your valuables, it gives us identity, it shelters dreams, provides warmth, and it nurtures families. But thousands of families do not have a home per say. They live in cardboard homes, dirt floors, low plastic roofs. Since Hurricane Mitch we have built more than 6,000 homes in Central America. There are many more to come.In 2010 we built homes for more families in need in:
- La Ceiba, Honduras (110 homes)
- Choluteca, Honduras (44 Casa Hogar Vida homes – 43 Rescue Homes)
- Costa Rica (18 homes, after earthquake)
- La Libertad, El Salvador (16 homes)
- Santo Domingo, DR (12 homes)
Care for those who have never had it
Health Care is either a luxury or just unavailable in some areas of Latin America. If a doctor is available, medications are completely out of reach, especially when some pills are worth more than a weeks salary for some people ($10). Our programs include the personal care and attention to patients, medical exams if required, medications, follow up, and proper filing of paperwork for future treatments. In some cases we treat permanent illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and in severe cases we do surgery in proper rented facilities.
- Total Health – La Ceiba
- Mission Trip Mobile Clinics
- Total Health – Managua
- Total Health – San Salvador
Total Health is a U.S.based organization that is committed to providing high quality,consistent and reliable medical care in Central America. Through disease prevention and early treatment we can dramatically change the health of the people we serve. This is being done by funding the salaries of key positions, supplying medications on a consistent basis, expanding diagnostic capabilities like x-ray and laboratory equipment, and sending medical teams from the US to help provide care.
Currently, Total Health is active in La Ceiba and Managua and there are other partnerships that Total Health hopes to establish in the near future.
Training youth with skills for success
Poverty has many dead-end roads, and little chances to break away. Quality education is one of the luxury items that are not within reach of those living in poor areas. So we figured that if we train youth in areas of computer skills and English as a second language, they would have more opportunities for better-paid jobs.
- La Libertad – Computer and English (150)
- San Pedro Sula – Elementary School Transforming Lives (20)
- Managua – Computer, Math and English (30)
- Choluteca – Computer and English (200)
- La Ceiba – Computer and English (100)
More than just a community
AIDS is a virus that doesn’t recognize any limitations, age, gender, religion, geographical borders, poor or rich. Honduras reports one of the highest percentage of infected, as of 2011 UNAIDS (United Nations AIDS) estimates there are 33,000 living with HIV and 43,000 orphans between the ages of 0 and 17 due to AIDS.Our dear Choluteca Pastor, Geovanny, is a physician who treats and follows-up with people who recently became aware of their condition. This has opened doors to the church in Choluteca to start a project to help entire families who are afflicted by the virus. The project is called Casa Hogar Vida which translates to ‘House-Home-Life’.
Casa Hogar Vida serves parents and children who are infected. Also it teaches the community to create awareness of how to avoid getting infected, rid of the stigma and discrimination against those who are contaminated. Our vision is to continue supporting the community and giving them the right tools to understand the coming steps in their lives. Not only helping them with housing and education but also filling the spiritual needs.
Components of our program:
- Orphanage (13 orphans)
- Housing (44 built)
- Self Support Groups (more than 250 people)
- Education (3,000 students trained a year)
- Sports and Recreation Facilities