Archive for April, 2017

School Supplies and Uniforms for 2017

Through The Honduras Project, IRC provides nearly 400 students with school supplies and uniforms on an annual basis.  For those who are familiar with Honduras, children cannot attend school without these items, and families in extreme poverty often cannot afford them.  In January and February 2017, The Honduras Project once again came through for these children.  Thanks to First United Methodist Church in Tupelo, Mississippi, we have fulfilled commitments to provide school supplies and uniforms to the entire student body at two schools in the communities of Tierras del Padre and Altos de Diamante.  The cost for each student averages $35-$40.  Our aim is to prevent this amount from keeping a child in school for the entire year.  If you are interested in supporting this worthy project, use our “Donate” button and indicate in the memo “School Supplies.”  As with all of our donations, 100% goes to the project.  We do not use donations for any administrative costs.

IRC/TORCH MISSIONS Builds New School

In July 2016, a new school building was completed in Tierras del Padre, a Lenca community.  The funds were provided by various mission groups, and some groups even participated in the construction.  The school serves 56 children who previously met in a one-room shelter constructed of wood posts and tarps.  The new school is made of cinder block, concrete, and a metal roof.  A before and after picture is below.  Thank you to all of those who donated for this cause, and for those who provided the physical labor.  This community now has a water well and a school building.  IRC also is providing an English teacher.  Tierras del Padre is well on its way to improved health and educational opportunities for its children.
OLD SCHOOL

 

NEW SCHOOL

IRC Establishes Second Water Well

In the summer of 2016, IRC was successful in drilling a second water well in Honduras.  This time, the well has been established in the community of Tierras del Padre.  This community contains about 40 families of the Lencas, an indigenous Honduran tribe.  Like many poor communities in Honduras, the residents of Tierras del Padre have no electricity or running water.  They have constructed homes of sticks, rock, and scrap wood.  The well was established through a partnership with the community.  IRC raised and provided the funds for drilling the well, inserting a submersible pump and providing pipe for water delivery.  The community was responsible for building a secure pump house, digging trenches throughout the community, and constructing a large brick and mortar holding tank.  The water is currently accessed at one delivery point that is available to everyone in the community.  The next phase is to lay pipe and provide access to every home in the community.  IRC has some tremendous donors who made this possible.  As we complete the final phase for Tierras del Padre, we are already looking for the next location.  It is an unbelievable gift to provide clean drinking water to a community.  If you want to be a part of the next water well, just donate.