Team Spotlight: Lisa van Holsteijn, Head of Fundraising

We've been working on making 'Team Spotlight' videos to give you an insight into some of the core members of the educate. team. In this post, we'd like you to meet Lisa van Holsteijn, one of educate.'s co-founders, and now our head of fundraising. Lisa lived and worked in Honduras for a year and a … Continue reading Team Spotlight: Lisa van Holsteijn, Head of Fundraising

“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

“Viva la Biblioteca” at Escuela Guadalupe Ulloa

Versión en Español mas abajo On a sunny Thursday morning in Honduras, a truck laden with the books and desks rumbled its way up through the Honduran coffee-farming countryside to the rural town of Trinidad. Far too big for the town’s narrow streets, the truck barely made it to the school’s entrance, where the carpenters … Continue reading “Viva la Biblioteca” at Escuela Guadalupe Ulloa

Team Spotlight: Jocelyn Vick Maeer, Treasurer

We've been working on making 'Team Spotlight' videos to give you an insight into some of the core members of the educate. team. Today, we'd like you to meet Jocelyn Vick Maeer, educate.'s treasurer! Jocelyn joined educate. in late 2016 while studying in Amsterdam, and has kept track of every euro and lempira that has passed … Continue reading Team Spotlight: Jocelyn Vick Maeer, Treasurer

Team Spotlight: Fionnuala Davidson, Business Partnerships Coordinator

Over the coming weeks, we are working to give you an insight into the educate. team through short interview-style videos focusing on each of our core team members. First up: Fionnuala Davidson! Fionnuala is our Business Partnerships Coordinator at educate.. She lived in Honduras for a year after finishing high school, working with street children … Continue reading Team Spotlight: Fionnuala Davidson, Business Partnerships Coordinator

Closing the Gap in Early Literacy

Along the colourful streets of Trinidad, Santa Barbara, just out of the centre, is a small one-story building covered in brightly painted murals. Trinidad’s only kindergarten has just over 100 children, and though resources are limited, the posters and paintings that cover the walls both inside and outside create a warm, friendly atmosphere. Though it … Continue reading Closing the Gap in Early Literacy

A Celebration of Literacy in El Progreso

A library inauguration party is key to creating a sense of value for the community of this new space. It acts as a celebration of the work they have completed, and creates a sense of anticipation for the opportunities to come. Chispa Project, through whom we have been working to start the Adrian Mejia primary … Continue reading A Celebration of Literacy in El Progreso

Meanwhile in the Scottish Highlands…

Two intrepid young women, Lisa van Holsteijn (educate.’s fundraising coordinator) and Yolanda Cowen (sustainable development student at St. Andrews university) have decided to take on the challenge of running a full 42km mountain marathon to raise funds for educate.’s scholarship programme! In this post Lisa tells us a little more about what she and Yolanda … Continue reading Meanwhile in the Scottish Highlands…