On our projects in Latin America we run many sustainable 'plans' which are essentially sustainable income generation schemes aimed at empowering the local community members and providing a sustainable source of funding for education for children of the community.
In Honduras donations have helped us to fund teachers’ salaries for secondary education teaches in the community, offering this opportunity to local children for the first time. In a bid to make secondary education sustainable in the community we wanted to implement a sustainable ‘plan’ for this cause.
After numerous meetings with the communities of San Rafael and Barbasco discussing ideas and how they may work ‘Plan Café’ has been given the green light to begin! Plan Cafe, as the names suggests will focus on coffee, an extremely popular crop in Central America.
Both communities have given a total of 2.5 hectares of land to the project and now we will buy roughly 12,000 small coffee plants that will be planted on the land. The coffee will then be cut and sold, and the profit will go towards the secondary school to help pay teachers salaries. All of this will help create a sustainable income for the school. So now that the land has been given, the next step is to clean it, terrace it, put a fence around it, and plant the coffee plants. All of which needs to be finished by June. It will be a lot of work but with the collaboration of the secondary school students, their parents, and GVI volunteers and staff we have no doubt that it will be successful!
Thank you to everyone who has donated to this project and watch this space for news from Plan Cafe!
The Honduran government provides its public schools with rice, beans, maiz, and oil so that the primary school students can have a hot, filling meal…though not this year. Normally the government food can expect to arrive sometime in February, but this year we still have yet to receive it. However, thanks to the generous support for this project through donations and fundraising the students at San Rafael and Barbasco have continued to receive the daily school lunch that they should. Every week for the past two months staff members have purchased 55 pounds of rice, 55 pounds of beans, and 30 pounds of maiz to feed the 140 students that attend both schools. We will continue to buy these amounts of food until the government food arrives
Donations also helped us to fund a consistent electricity connection at the school. As we fund Secondary education classes at the school in the early evenings light can be an issue, now the secondary students will be able to see better during their early evening classes and the school can be lit on cloud covered days!
With the rainy season now at an end in Honduras, the school at San Rafael is having some general repairs done. The priority and most important of these was to repair the fence surrounding the school. The repairs were conducted by a couple of local workmen with help from some of the fathers of the children that attend the school. The secondary school students also lent a hand after classes! The fence was repaired over 3 days thus providing greater security for the school.
The secondary school students in San Rafael, Honduras have been busy over the last 4 weeks working on their art project. They were provided with painting materials and broadly instructed to paint either still life or scenery. However, the key was to use their imagination and creativity.
They spent about 2-3 hours a week on their art project. For students that do not have exposure to art outside of the school, they showed real promise. The results were stunning! As can be seen, the students were very proud of their work (as were we)!
The Secondary school is completely funded by donations, before we brought teachers in for the older kids they had no access to higher education, thanks so much for your support.
Work is going well at Angelitos Felices (the orphanage we work near to Copan Ruinas in Honduras). As well as giving fruit, we are providing sheets and activities for the children attending School to practice their studies, and when they have done that, they are free to join the little ones, colouring and playing outside (the colouring is very popular ).
The only problem now is that the kids enjoy working so much, especially the attention, help and praise they receive, that after finishing their work, instead of going to play, they want to do more!
They have a lot of energy, and it can be a challenge to try and give time and attention to all the kids, but to work with them is a real joy, and nothing can replace that feeling that these kids are now getting the chance to enjoy themselves and develop.
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