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Investments in Opportunity Lead to Transformation

Sometimes transformative change can only be sensed, but other times one is blessed to witness and experience the dramatic difference a change makes in a person’s life firsthand. Thanks to partnerships with U.S. churches, individuals and civic groups as well as our corporate partners and communities in Central America, we are sensing and seeing transformation!

Here are three examples of how HOI staff in Honduras and Nicaragua worked in 2016 to engage families and communities in making significant steps toward an improved quality of life:

• Over 7,000 people now have access to clean drinking water because of the installation of water filters in homes and schools. Clean water provides better health for adults and children, resulting in less school and work-place absenteeism. This translates to more learning days and increased household income. HOI continues to partner with U.S. churches in 2017 to offer the life changing gift of water filters in another 13 villages.

• HOI’s Spiritual Development Ministry offered marriage seminar training to local pastors and communities. The goal was to strengthen the family unit by creating core values for improving relationships with a focus on keeping Christ at the center of marriage. The response from other communities has been encouraging and exciting, as they are requesting this program in their villages.

• Our Agriculture staff works with local farmers and ranchers, demonstrating techniques which will lead to increased harvests and production. Most notable improvements have come from silage production to feed the cattle in the dry months when pastures fade. Training local ranchers about silage storage means better health for their herds and increased income from sales.

As family relationships strengthen and confidence grows with education and improved income, we sense where the real change is happening: in the hearts and minds of the people. What once seemed to be unattainable dreams is now becoming life changing opportunities; children and adults share the common desire to learn. God continues to guide and bless HOI’s endeavors. The transformation is not only taking place in the people of Central America but also in all of us who are a part of His great plan.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6


Laurie Willing
Executive Director

"Huevos el Rey" Hatches in Santa Ana

 

As HOI continues to impact the Agalta Valley through various programs, economic development is becoming a growing priority in order to create opportunities that will benefit communities for years to come.

A few villages near the ranch received training from HOI last fall on Asset Based Community Development, an approach that assesses a village’s existing assets as well as resources from their government and other local entities. In this way, local people are encouraged to look for opportunities already within their reach that will provide income and improve their quality of life.

To kick off the training, village committees brainstormed ideas that would help improve their communities five years down the road. They prioritized, set goals, and drew up plans with the guidance of HOI staff. HOI selected two projects that demonstrated strong initiative, planning and support by the community leaders.

One of the projects selected was an egg production plan in Santa Ana. After 4 months of research, business education and budget preparation, this project is becoming a reality.

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With the assistance from their partner church’s mission team, Smoke Rise Baptist, the community built a chicken coop and participated in training to learn how to run a small business.  The village provided the initial investment toward the purchase of the chickens, and the project was inaugurated with the catchy name of Huevos el Rey, or King Eggs.

The HOI ranch staff has supported the community of Santa Ana with guidance throughout this process and was present when the village celebrated its first sale of eggs. Santa Ana is committed and eager to be a part of HOI’s newest focus, and their vision to improve the lives of families in their community is becoming a reality.

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