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Educate the Children Honduras

Video: Students must cross rivers that are overflowing their banks during the rainy season in order to attend classes.

History

Hurricane Mitch hits Central America in 1999. It was one of the deadliest storms to hit the Western Hemisphere in more than 200 years.

After its destruction, a group of parishioners from the Fort Worth Diocese go to Honduras and upon returning, start working on a way to assist our brothers and sisters.

During this visit it was discovered that the government provides education to only the 6th grade then becoming the parents’ responsibility. This is why Educate the Children Honduras (ETC-H) was created. After raising enough funds schools were built and completed in 2005, in the remote area of Olancho (Valle Alegre and Barroseales).

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About Our Work

A teacher instructs a classroom of students.
A teacher instructs a classroom of students.

Where the government stops, ETC-H continues education from 7th to 11th grade. Your donations pay for children scholarships (which encompasses buying uniforms, books and supplies), teacher salaries, classsroom supplies and special projects (i.e., chairs, white boards, projectors).

This mission provides a Catholic educate to the remote areas, giving the youth the ability of higher education and bringing them out of the fields. Fifteen years later, we have expanded and in 2020, a third school was opened in the village of Bella Vista using the local Catholic Chapel.

As the mission continues, youth are now applying to universities and are receiving scholarships. We now have graduates and are giving back.

But we are not finished, this mission still has a lot of work ahead. Please consider joining us by becoming a sponsor, you are changing and touching the lives of many young people.

How you can help, sponsor or donate

Children walking to school.
Many children walk long distances in order to attend school.

Your prayers, discernment and donation/sponsorship has had a direct impact on thousands of children from these remote regions. You provide them inspiration to dream about a future, a pathway to end the cycle of a life filled with the lack of education within their generational family.

It takes $40.00/month ($480/year) or a one-time donation of any amount to make a difference. You control how 100% of your funds will be used. Yes, that is 100% of your donation. Everyone who serves on this mission are volunteers and there are no overhead cost. The following is the list of areas where you can choose to have your donations sent to:

  • General — Funds teachers’ salaries, schoool maintenance and classroom supplies;
  • Sponsorship — Supports a child’s education (uniforms, supplies & backpacks)
  • Special Projects — Funds purchasing of computers, desks, additions to schools, etc.

Donations can be made monthly or annually by check, credit card or automatic withdrawal. YOUR DONATION IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE and 100% GOES DIRECTLY TO SUPPORT THIS MISSION PROJECT.

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Questions?

817-945-9314

Donate by Mail:

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Educate the Children Honduras
Diocese of Fort Worth
800 West Loop 820 South
Fort Worth, TX 76108

Volunteer Your Time

ETC-H consist of all volunteers. If you wish to join us we are happy to have you and your talents. We meet on a quarterly basis and have conference calls as needed. If you are interested please email us at .

Current Activities

We are excited to bring you news about the ongoing construction of a 3rd school to be completed by February 2022. This school is located in the Bella Vista region of Olancho and opened in February of 2020 with 7th graders. In the 2021 school year, we now have 7th and 8th grades with 24 students. We look forward to expanding to encompass all grades 7th-11th grade by the year 2024.

ETC Honduras
ETC Honduras
ETC Honduras
ETC Honduras

Father Hector Suarez celebrates Mass in thanks for the fruits of the land in Valle Alegre. Afterwards, the youth danced to folkloric music.

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Contacts:

Cecilia Villanueva
ETC Honduras Contact
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