Our vision of creating sustainable and self-sufficient communities goes beyond our annual visit to Honduras. OCHO supports local initiatives that although not necessarily related to direct medical care contribute to the overall growth of a community by promoting education, sustainable farming, and physical activities.
Based on the belief that the smile on a child’s face upon receiving a new box of crayons is universal — an equal joy in every country, no matter its resources — the School Supplies for Honduras Project began in 2006 with five donors and one bag of school supplies that were distributed to patients in the medical clinic. In a few short years, the project has grown to include over 75 individual donors and 20 ten-gallon crates of school supplies that are distributed to more than 15 schools around Atima and Choloma. Each year, volunteers in the United States collect and pack paper, pens, pencils, markers, crayons, scissors, rulers, and a variety of other supplies that are then distributed by the team in Atima. In just the past two years, the project has distributed over 4,000 pieces of chalk; 7,500 pens; 10,000 pencils; and 15,000 crayons.
Community Sustainable Gardens
In 2015, OCHO partnered with civic organization PROMUSAN to support their organic community garden program. Under the leadership of local experts, families in Atima are trained in the techniques of organic farming, learn tools to grow small enterprises, and adopt proper nutrition through the diversification of food production. OCHO supports this program by providing seeds, gardening tools, and labor force. Read more details.
Every year, OCHO volunteers play a friendly soccer game with the youngest members of the Atima community. Thanks to a grant provided by the Rivers School [Boston, Massachusetts], OCHO was able to sponsor two of the soccer leagues by providing much needed equipment. One of OCHO volunteers, Noah Schweitzer, collected soccer balls for other communities surrounding Atima. Through soccer, children are engaged in a safe and healthy environment while promoting collaboration and teamwork.
Would you like to join the OCHO team by sharing your skills and services?
Contact the OCHO Board of Directors:
P.O Box 26162
Baltimore, MD 21210