Mission: To inspire the children and youth of Honduras to fulfill their dreams by equipping them with the skills necessary for life management, academic achievement, spiritual growth, and leadership rooted in the Christian faith.
Blair Quinius and Matt Wall, former interns of UrbanPromise, developed a vision to take the UrbanPromise Model to the town of Copan Ruinas, Honduras. They launched a pilot program in February 2009, reaching over 100 children. After the three week pilot, the demand for this type of program was evident. A full-time program was launched in June of 2009 providing AfterSchool programs to approximately 40 children from the public schools and summer camps for 40 private school students. Local teens are engaged in leadership within the AfterSchool program.
Honduras is a country of about 7.5 million people located in Central America. It borders Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. Its main exports are bananas and coffee, but the country suffers from low minimum wages and an unemployment rate of 28%. Honduras is a tropical paradise for some tourists, but unfortunately it suffers from many challenges facing a developing nation. Tourism in Copan Ruinas does provide more jobs than in most Honduran cities. However, the disparity between rich and poor is large, and there are limited opportunities for most children to succeed and reach their potential.