How We Work
For all of our projects, we employ a rigorous process of development and implementation, and throughout each project's lifespan conduct high-quality monitoring and evaluation. We collaborate directly with the local Honduran governments in our partner communities and help them perform a needs assessment for each program before we help make the community's dreams a reality. We construct a logic model, and then compose budgets and conduct stakeholder analyses. Throughout the implementation and completion of our projects, we use qualitative and quantitative indicators to improve our program design.
Education is one of the most important components of a strong community. It is essential for development and health, and allows communities to achieve their utmost potential. It cultivates young minds, harnessing their creativity and positive energy while building them into mature and informed thinkers. It arms them with the tools necessary to advocate for their communities, imagine alternatives, and build positive culture. This is the philosophy upon which Action for Education was founded. We believe that education enables an individual to realize his or her potential and that limited access to a quality education should not be allowed to prohibit anyone from achieving their dreams.
Almost 25% of Honduran children do not receive formal education in any capacity. Of those who do attend some schooling, only 30% continue past the sixth grade. Due to limited resources, the Honduran government is only able to provide free public education until the fifth grade. This, combined with an average wage of $1.50 per day, contributes to the extremely low rate of enrollment in intermediate and secondary education across Honduras. Rather than pay to attend school, many children need to enter the work force to contribute financially to their families, perpetuating a cycle in which education is made inaccessible by financial need. This also fuels high levels of gang and drug related violence, which is a severe problem in Honduras.
Action for Education aims to break this prohibitive cycle by building infrastructure and funding affordable education at all levels, particularly in rural and impoverished areas. We work to improve access to primary education and build post-secondary technical degree programs, such as our nursing program in Trinidad and our weekend electrician program. Through these efforts, we hope to not only provide a platform upon which youth can cultivate their gifts of intelligence and creativity, but also provide outlets through which they may realize their talents and contribute to their communities.