Resilience in the face of the Pandemic

Like most countries around the world, Honduras has been hit hard by the COVID 19 pandemic. Most of the country is sheltering in with stringent procedures being implemented by the government. Honduran citizens are permitted to travel to Tegucigalpa one time per week. Many villages have strict entry and exit policies for community members. All of this has resulted in challenging circumstances for young people and the education system in Honduras.

 

Central Honduras Education Fund scholars have demonstrated great determination throughout the pandemic. All the Fund’s scholars are participating in E-learning in one form or another. Computer skills acquired from the 2018 Computer Skills Training are bearing timely fruits as students complete assignments on thier laptops and submit work electronically. In addition, students are utilizing their scholarship stipend for internet costs. Just like students around the globe, the Fund’s scholars are applying their resilience and creativity to continue to make progress in their studies.

 

This month students took part in the first ever virtual all student meeting. 100% attendance was recorded as students connected via zoom from their homes or from a neighbor’s home. Students checked in with one another and voiced shared experiences. In typical Honduran fashion abundant laughs and smiles were sent across our computers and cell phones. The common message was one of perseverance and a unified “si se puede!”.

Five New Scholars

We are thrilled to welcome five talented young women into the Fund. Meet Isis (Monte Redondo), Nuria (San Francisco de Zoroguara), Brenda (Guangololo), Tammy (Zambrano), and Viviana (El Ocotal). The new scholars met for an orientation in Zambrano in  December. We are excited to have them joining the group!

All Student and Parent Meeting

The bus made the rounds through Zambrano picking up the scholar contingent. Then it was off to Tegucigalpa for the university students. Finally the group jumped on the highway toward Olancho. On the way there was a stop for the Guangololo scholars and later the El Ocotal group. Finally we made it to Cedros, the site of this year’s annual all scholar/parent meeting. What a journey!

We had a blast with the icebreakers, student updates, testimonials from parents and finally a terrific lunch. It was another well planned and executed meeting by our scholar coordinators. They keep making us proud! Looking forward to next year already.

Bi-Annual Meeting – July

Our bi-annual meeting was held in Guangololo, F.M. this year and was a huge success! Thanks to our student coordinators for putting on a great event.

 

 

 

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Volunteer Project – Reforestation

Community service and volunteer activities are part of the Central Honduras Education leadership formation and development. Lead scholars, Jose Enrique and Carlos Daniel, planned and led a reforestation project in the hillsides of Zambrano. 190 trees were planted by scholars and invited guests. If you are planning for a year, plant rice. If you are planning for a decade, plant trees. If you are planning for a lifetime, educate.

The mid year all scholar meeting was carried out in July. Students gathered in the village of Guangololo, where two new students have joined the scholar group. Adriana and Heydi hosted the event, where parents and students dialogued and planned for the coming months.