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educate. is a grassroots non-profit organisation that works to empower children and young people in Honduras through supporting community-driven development projects.

We aim to break down the unequal power relations inherent to so much non-profit work by flipping the concept of “aid” on its head: instead of going to Honduras with programmes we want to implement, communities and organisations in Honduras reach out to us with their own ideas. We then work as a behind the scenes actor to drive community-led change through education-related projects. Our deep-rooted and growing network across Honduras allows us to make our support available to communities and organizations across the country, including those most vulnerable.

We believe in the power and agency of local Honduran youth and community members, and that these individuals know best how to implement impactful projects in their communities. We see this way of working as the best way to create sustainable, long-term change that actively works to break down the prevalence of Western ideals and the neo-colonial relationships on which the philanthropic sector is based.

At our core is our scholarship programme, which works in partnership with local public secondary schools in Honduras to provide opportunities for excellent students from low-income backgrounds to continue their education to the tertiary level. In addition, we support community-driven projects that that fall on a spectrum from literacy to health.

We are a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organization (SCIO) with the Scottish Charity Register. Our charity number is SC047277.

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educate. es una organización de base y sin fines de lucro que trabaja para empoderar a niños y jóvenes en Honduras por medio de proyectos de desarrollo impulsados por la comunidad.

Pretendemos derribar las relaciones desiguales de poder que son intrínsecas de tanto trabajo por organizaciones sin fines de lucro, invirtiendo el concepto de la “ayuda”: en vez de irnos a Honduras queriendo implementar nuestros programas, las comunidades y organizaciones en Honduras nos contactan con sus propias ideas. Luego trabajamos entre bastidores, impulsando cambios liderados por la comunidad a través de proyectos relacionados con la educación. Nuestra arraigada y creciente red en Honduras nos permite apoyar a comunidades y organizaciones por todo el país, incluyendo las más vulnerables.

Creemos en el poder y la voluntad de la juventud hondureña y los miembros de las comunidades locales, y que estos individuos son los que mejor saben implementar proyectos impactantes en sus comunidades. Vemos esta manera de trabajar como el mejor camino para generar cambios que serán sustentables y a largo plazo, y que servirán para derribar la prevalencia de los ideales occidentales y las relaciones neocoloniales en que se fundamenta el sector filantrópico.

Nuestro programa central es el programa de becas, para lo cual trabajamos en colaboración con colegios públicos en Honduras para dar oportunidades a estudiantes de alto rendimiento y escasos recursos para seguir con su educación al nivel terciario. También apoyamos a proyectos liderados por la comunidad que abarcan una gama desde la alfabetización a la salud.

Somos una organización caritativa registrada con el Scottish Charity Register.  Nuestro número de caridad es SC047277.

 

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“There is no return”: Stories from the Migrant Caravan

Versión en Español abajo October 21, 2018: “There is no return,” they said, “only rafts. We are already in Mexican territory.” Gerson Suazo, a young Honduran activist and photographer, is currently amongst the over 7,000 Central Americans in the migrant caravan heading north through Mexico towards the United States. These migrants are fleeing persecution, poverty … Continue reading “There is no return”: Stories from the Migrant Caravan

“As a woman studying to become a doctor, I am helping break down stereotypes”

“Often women aren’t given the opportunity to study, because people think their only job should be doing housework.” These are the words of Stephanie Marie Chevez, a young woman studying medicine at university in San Pedro Sula, Honduras on an educate. scholarship. Her parents are farmers in a small village on the north coast, so … Continue reading “As a woman studying to become a doctor, I am helping break down stereotypes”

Fiesta Bailable para Honduras en Delft

Last weekend, we had our biggest event to date: a Latin Dance Party (aka ‘Fiesta Bailable’). The whole event was organised by an incredible group of Honduran women who cooked up a storm of traditional Honduran food that had the table legs creaking under its weight – everything from baleadas and pastelitos to yuca con … Continue reading Fiesta Bailable para Honduras en Delft

“For every 100 students who enroll, most don’t make it to the end”: Bringing books to La Lima, Honduras

(Versión en Español mas abajo) La Lima, a small city in Honduras, is steeped in history. In the 1960s, most of the North Americans from the banana corporations that flourished at the time lived here. The Tela Railroad Company, part of the well-known Chiquita brand, was also based here at the time, and one of … Continue reading “For every 100 students who enroll, most don’t make it to the end”: Bringing books to La Lima, Honduras

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