HONDURAS CHILD ALLIANCE
When Eve Horowitz began visiting Honduras in 1992, she initially considered sponsoring Honduran children in need as a learning experience for her own two children. But at she became more aware of the social issues facing poverty-stricken children in Honduras, her consideration became a much larger mission.
It evolved into the Honduras Child Alliance (HCA), a diverse and collaborative, volunteer-based organization collectively working to make lives better for impoverished children in Honduras. United by a love of children and the desire to improve their opportunities, HCA coordinates volunteer-powered projects to support education, health & hygiene, families and community.
“I recognized that my actions and support (and that of others) could create immediate, tangible improvement in the lives of these children,” says Eve. “So we began combining the energy of our directors, project managers and volunteers into a unique and effective set of skills to create viable opportunities for children in Honduras.”
A primary focus of HCA’s efforts is aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty in Honduras perpetuated through lack of education. HCA projects in El Porvenir and La Union, Atlantida, Honduras reinforce basic academic skills while enhancing children’s development of critical thinking and decision-making capabilities. The programs include teaching English as a second language so children can pursue education and employment opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable.
“Our programs encourage children to share ideas and help each other,” says Eve. “We develop social skills and teamwork and provide English language instruction so children have the benefit of being bilingual. The name of our town is El Porvenir and it means ‘the future.’ We believe each child should have the opportunity to discover the range and variety of what they are capable of doing, and by providing opportunities for education and creative expression we are giving children a chance for a better future.”
Last year more than 200 children were served through HCA programs, which are provided at no cost to the children or their families through partnerships with donors, sponsors and like-minded organizations. HCA is committed to serving many more children in the years ahead through the continued support of individual volunteers, volunteer groups and general fund sponsors.
Eve notes that HCA’s mission is modeled after a passage from Bengali poet, philosopher and novelist Rabindranath Tagore, who wrote: “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”