The Organization for Community Health Outreach (OCHO) is a Maryland-based non-profit organization that was created to serve the health needs of the rural poor. In remote areas of Central America, rural inhabitants lack the most basic of medical services. It is the objective of OCHO to provide quality medical care while developing sustainable health services to the public.
After Hurricane Mitch devastated Honduras in 1998, the third poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, a partnership between the Church of the Redeemer (Baltimore, MD) and the Honduran Episcopal Diocese was sealed over the next two years. In 2000 a medical team was organized to provide healthcare to one of the most underserved and remote areas of Honduras. Atíma, a town of roughly 10,000 people in the mountains of the Santa Barbara department was selected.
Atíma and its surrounding villages are among the poorest areas in Honduras. Residents in these communities have little access to regular medical care and many suffer from poor nutrition. Most of the villagers live in one room mud houses with dirt floors and no running water.
In order to advance and expand the efforts made by the long-standing association, the Organization for Community Health Outreach was established as a registered non-profit organization in January of 2010. OCHO volunteers have contributed over a decade of service to an adopted remote population in Honduras.