Community Development & Education
To make lasting changes for improved community health, partnerships are being developed between CHHF and the communities where we serve. Our Community Development Coordinator Gladis Aquiriano is working with a local committee composed of community leaders, government officials, and the local government clinic staff to develop health improvement programs. CHHF is also in partnership with schools to help ensure children are offered the opportunity to complete their education to help break the cycle of poverty so prevalent in Honduras.
Working in partnership with local leaders and the schools, programs are developed to
- improve public health,
- educate children and adults in the relationship between basic hygiene and their personal health,
- demonstrate dietary issues related to hypertension and diabetes,
- provide pre-natal care for mothers, and
- assist mothers caring for the new born babies.
Classes are held with both children and adults throughout the year.
Frequently schools need some help providing basic facilities for the children to enable learning.
Educate Children to Break the Cycle of Poverty
High achieving children are sponsored through scholarships provided by generous donors to enable them to continue their education beyond that offered in the local school system. These students are attending private schools in areas such as La Ceiba or attending University classes in major cities.
A major area of community need is developing programs to help improve public health through improved environmental practices.
– Burning trash is the most frequently used method of waste disposal. Since much of the waste includes plastics, this burning is a major cause of asthma in the area. A recycling program has been initiated to help reduce the health effects of burning plastics.
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I am so grateful I got in touch with Peggy and became part of this team. This was a great team, everyone worked hard and worked together. This was my first trip to Honduras and I am impressed with the things CHHF has done here. The people we served were all wonderful. I loved the young kids who were so friendly and full of life. The parents were doing a great job in such poverty. Our first visit to the orphanage was very disturbing, the kids were so dirty and seemed neglected. They seemed starved for love and affection. During our second visit they were cleaned up and the orphanage was cleaned up too. It was nice to see the kids cleaned up and so very happy to see us. They really touched me. Of the patients I remember most the 16 year old girl who already had 3 kids, the oldest 4 years old! The baby whose mother was only 18 and thought she should only feed the baby 3 times a day was so sad, but I was so glad we were able to help. Without us, that baby would have died, now she hopefully has a chance. On a personal note: I had a great time with Dick in the bathroom (ha ha), working with Megan in triage, going on the zip-line with Kent, Raquel and Megan. Katie made a great roommate. I really liked everyone on this team. Susan and Mary Ellen, thanks for all you did.
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