The Board of Directors
|Antonia McGrath: Co-Founder and Chair
Antonia first moved to Honduras to spend a year living and working there as a teacher in a home for ex-street children in 2014/15 in the El Progreso/San Pedro Sula area. She also co-produced a political documentary about Honduras. Currently, she is completing a Masters in International Development Studies.
|Lisa van Holsteijn: Co-Founder and Head of Fundraising
Lisa lived and worked in Honduras for a year and a half in 2014/15, first teaching English in nine rural public schools and an orphanage in the department of Santa Barbara for one year, and then at an international school for the remaining six months. She recently completed a degree in Economics and International Relations in Amsterdam.
|Marit Hoefsloot: Member Coordinator
Marit was born in the Netherlands, but lived in Tegucigalpa, Honduras with her family for 3 years while her parents worked for NGOs in the area. Now back in the Netherlands, she is relearning Spanish and reconnecting with her friends and family in Honduras. She studied Computer Science in Amsterdam and now works for an Amsterdam-based startup.
|Fionnuala Davidson: Business Partnerships Coordinator
Fionnuala is from Northern Ireland and spent a year in 2014/15 working in the north of Honduras as a teacher in an orphanage for ex-street children, as well as co-producing a political documentary about Honduras. She is now studying PPLE (Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics) in Amsterdam.
|Lachlan Craig: Treasurer
A lawyer and former Non-Commissioned Officer in the Australian Army, Lachlan has traveled through Honduras and Central America and now lives and works in Amsterdam.
|Andrea Torrens: Grant Applications Manager
The Honduras Team
|Ramon Edgardo: Trinidad Scholarship Programme Project Leader
Ramon Edgardo is an English teacher at the largest public high school in the rural town of Trinidad, Honduras. educate.‘s scholarship programme has partnerships with several schools in the area, and Ramon acts as the in-country leader for this project. He is there to assist students with the scholarship application process if needed, and he is a key figure in the selection process of scholarship recipients.
|José Luis: Trinidad Library Project Leader
José Luis is the director of the largest public primary school in Trinidad, Santa Barbara, where educate. started a library in 2018. He led the planning and implementation of this project on the ground, and continues to work with the staff to maintain the library and keep educate. informed of the project’s progress and impact.
|Maria Jesus Hernandez Txus: Animal Therapy Programme Project Leader
Maria Jesus, originally from Spain, is one of the staff at the El Hogar de Niños orphanage in Santa Barbara, Honduras. She acts as a mother-figure to the youngest group of girls at the home.
educate. supported the start of an animal therapy programme at the orphanage with the purchase of two donkeys, and Maria Jesus runs this, working with the children and the animals to help children from traumatic backgrounds learn to cope with mental health issues and develop social skills.
Carlos Urbina: Nutrition Centre Project Leader
Carlos is the founder and director of the local Honduran organisation Manos Que Ayudan Talanga. He and the rest of the team run the educate.-funded school-based nutrition centre in Los Pozos, Talanga.
|José Jacinto Reyes: Cultural Adviser and Problem Solver
José grew up as a street kid in Honduras, but now works as a carpenter in a village outside the city of El Progreso. He is passionate about philosophy and psychology, and has taught himself English over the past two years.
José supports educate. voluntarily as a cultural adviser and problem solver, working on a variety of tasks and acting as a contact person on the ground.
|Karim Chevez: General Volunteer and Support
Karim is a farmer in a small village near the north coast of Honduras, and his daughter Stephanie is one of educate.‘s scholarship recipients. Karim volunteers his time whenever he can to support in educate.‘s work, from collecting books from the airport to attending meetings on educate.‘s behalf.
Members of educate. work in a variety of areas – events, school partnerships, grants and education and advocacy! To learn more about the opportunities available and how you can become a member, click here!