• 94 Community Partners
  • Working with 79,300 Community Members
  • 65% of rural population living below national poverty line
  • Common sources of income include agriculture, fishing, shrimp farming, and day laboring

Our Work in Honduras

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Highlighted Projects

Women's Empowerment

Although we focus on the development of our 8 programs that align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) #3, #6, and #8, another SDG that sticks out as a priority is #5, Gender Equality.

Project Details

Inter-American Development Bank Grant

In 2015, Global Brigades Honduras in partnership with PATH, was awarded a $1 million grant from the Inter-American Development Bank Multilateral Investment Fund to implement the Healthy Households Initiative. This initiative is aimed at improving access, affordability, and use of preventative health products through strengthened supply chains and innovative financing schemes.

Project Details

Clean Water

Clean water systems are constructed with local community members working alongside volunteers and local engineers. Systems include the collaboration between community members, government and Global Brigades. Construction may take several months to complete and can include several large scale components, such as dams and storage tanks.

Community Banks

Local leaders are identified and trained by our staff and volunteers to organize Community-Owned Banks to provide critical financial services to the community. Local governments recognize these banks as legitimate institutions allowing them to provide access to savings and loans.

Program Overview

We work with community leaders to build community banks that provide access to loans, savings and financial literacy, while re-circulating loan repayments back into the community bank for future loans. To combat water-borne, respiratory and skin illnesses, we also work with communities to build full-scale water systems and construct eco-stoves, latrines, hand-washing stations and concrete floors. To continue to provide access to healthcare, we still provide mobile medical clinics until the community has trained local Community Health Workers and a local pharmacy established.

To ensure future success of our programs, community buy-in, government collaboration, local leadership and financial sustainability are key. Local leadership are vetted and trained for various committees, such as the community bank, basic sanitation and water committees. For projects that require ongoing maintenance, such as water systems, beneficiaries are required to pay monthly fees to ensure funds for maintenance and chlorination are available. Lastly, Global Brigades ensure that agreements are created with local governments to establish trust and empower them to own projects.

Safety

Volunteer safety will always be our absolute top priority. Global Brigades recently engaged Askari International Security, an industry leader in international risk assessment, to complete a comprehensive risk/safety assessment of all brigade operations. A full explanation of safety precautions and procedures can be found on our “Safety & Insurance” page.

A Quote from Askari International Security

“I was asked to review Global Brigades safety and security procedures for their operations in Central America. I always use a “litmus test” by assessing whether I’d be happy to send my own daughters (late teens early 20’s) on one of their events. The answer was a resounding yes. I hope I was able to help them improve their processes and procedures, but what was already in place was good, but better still was the culture of safety and security. All the staff were concerned with safety and security and keen to improve. Nothing can ever be 100% secure or safe, but with Global Brigades I can genuinely say they care and take things very seriously.”
– Bryan Hemmings, Managing Director, Askari International Security

Volunteer Safety Highlights in Honduras

  • Global Brigades is an active member of OSAC (the Overseas Security Advisory Committee) and receives up-to-date security and safety briefings from the U.S. State Department;
  • Established relationships with local military and police to provide dedicated security personnel to accompany each group at all times;
  • Full-time local Global Brigades medical personnel on-call at all times;
  • Adherence to the IVPA standards of international volunteering.