The Olancho Aid Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit, faith-based organization that empowers Honduran youth to transform themselves, their communities and their country through education. From special needs to bilingual classrooms, our team of international volunteers and Hondurans are dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by providing an environment that stimulates intellectual and spiritual growth and fosters independent thinking.
Economic poverty in Honduras forces the majority of children to work in order to support their families, rather than attend school. Many children do not have one or both parents in their home, as many leave to seek employment in other countries like the United States. Olancho Aid responds to these children's needs by giving them options and creating opportunities for societal change through learning.
The key to our programs is not to give simple replies to poverty, but rather lasting solutions. Each school day we make an investment in our students, who have the individual and collective power to be leaders, decision makers, activists, entrepreneurs and conscious world citizens. Our organization seeks to turn those living marginally into active participants within their communities.
Learning is an effective means to realize these goals and our strategies include: (1) offering the only special education program in Olancho; (2) developing a well-rounded curriculum to educate students intellectually, spiritually and emotionally; (3) challenging students to engage the world through English language skills and interaction with foreign volunteers; (4) fundraising to provide scholarships and financial aid to students from economically poor backgrounds (90% of our students at Escuelita Nazareth come from families living at or below the poverty line); and (5) hosting mission trips we call Solidarity Projects for foreign groups who can offer talents and resources to those with the most needs in Olancho.