educate. [Honduras]


is a small non-profit organization that works alongside communities in Honduras to create sustainable, community-driven impact and opportunities for underprivileged children and youth. 
 

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educate. Youth Scholarship Program works to provide opportunities for meaningful learning and community engagement for students from low-income families.
They work in partnership with local high schools in rural towns to offer driven yet underprivileged youth the opportunity to continue their education after high school.
Many children and youth carry dreams of becoming doctors, teachers, engineers, working with animals, starting a social enterprise, or protecting the environment. But very often, these dreams are killed by the incredibly harsh reality surrounding them. Only 50% of Honduran children are able to carry on to high-school; and a mere 8% carry on to a bachelor’s degree.
By providing the opportunity for underprivileged children and youth to study at universities, the organization is allowing young people to follow their dreams. Moreover, they help to break deep cycles of poverty that so often dictate these young peoples’ lives.
As part of the program, the students return to their old schools once a year to talk about the importance of education and the opportunities that scholarships bring. By showing them as role models in their communities, it is a way to instill a deep commitment to learning.
It is their aim to encourage other children to understand the power of education – ultimately showing Honduran youth a real sense of agency.


||| to create a youth impact hub in the town of Trinidad where scholars could not only offer workshops and tutoring to high-school students but could also form a community of striving young individuals who share a deep belief in the power of education
||| to further connect scholarship students with their library and community projects by setting up working groups and leadership roles for the students
||| to support one new student every year
||| to partner with coffee schools, shoemakers, and music and arts-based learning institutions for diverse and culturally-relevant scholarships that will serve the interests and needs of Honduran youth
||| to promote a holistic vision of the importance and value of education for society
From Lisa van Holsteijn, educate. Founder & Grants Team Member:
“educate.’s Youth Scholarship Programme works to provide such opportunities for meaningful learning and community engagement. We work in partnership with local high schools in rural towns to offer driven yet underprivileged youth the opportunity to continue their education after high school.
There are many children and youth that grow up with the dream of transforming the chaotic and challenging social environment in Honduras for the better. They carry dreams of becoming doctors, teachers, engineers, working with animals, starting a social enterprise, or protecting the environment. But often, these dreams are killed by the incredibly harsh reality surrounding them. Only 50% of Honduran children are able to carry on to high-school, and a mere 8% carry on to university.
By providing the opportunity for excellent but underprivileged youth to study at university, we are allowing young people to follow their dreams and are breaking deep cycles of poverty that so often dictate these young peoples’ lives.
As part of the program, the students return to their old schools once a year to talk about the importance of education and the opportunities that educate. scholarships bring.
By showing them as role models in their communities, we strive to instill a deep commitment to learning. We also hope to encourage other children to understand the power of education and ultimately to give Honduran youth a real sense of agency.” 
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From scholars and people who benefited from the program:
“It costs me a lot to graduate from high school. When someone from educate. arrived at my school and said you had the scholarship I was so happy. I want to graduate from university and to be the first in my family to obtain a university degree.” – Javier Reyes
 “Through libraries, we promote a habit of reading in children so as to create a better-informed generation.” –   Davi Fuentes, grade 4 teacher, from the Adrian Mejia school in Progreso where educate. partnered to set up a library
“I didn’t know if I was going to be able to go to university, but thanks to this scholarship I can meet the costs. These scholarships really help people who need assistance in order to be able to study, and who can’t study because of their situation, whatever that is. It gives them the support they need so that they can move forwards in life.” – Stephanie Chevez, scholarship student studying medicine
“ Now children don’t skip school because they know that their food is waiting for them. Even when there isn’t food at home, at school their lunch is waiting for them.” – Carlos Urbina, director of Manos Que Ayudan with whom educate. partnered to set up a nutrition center in Talanga
“Studying makes you a different person. You are taken into consideration by society and you develop as a person in the best way. If you study you can also help your family and you have so many more opportunities. By becoming an industrial engineer, I can go on to run a business, supervise people, or so many things! It’s such an opportunity.” – Tania Caballero, scholarship student studying engineering
“When communities are involved in the projects, they develop a sense of ownership […] and have that feeling “I participated there, I helped.” The community here feels that they are part of something, that the library is theirs.” – Walter Dubon, community projects coordinator

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