HOI has been working to find expanded ways to positively impact the lives of the people of Central America. In addition to growing current ministries in Honduras and Nicaragua, HOI will soon add a third location in the town of San Lorenzo in southern Honduras. This exciting new ministry will expand HOI’s mission, scope, and focus, and gives teams yet another option for service.
Landscape overlooking waterfront in San Lorenzo
The genesis of this effort stems from a request by HOI’s Honduran nonprofit partner Fundación de la Sur, which represents several large corporations in southern Honduras familiar with HOI’s work in Olancho. To begin the relationship, representatives from these companies visited the ranch to witness firsthand the results of HOI’s efforts. After several reciprocal meetings and site visits, including research and beta teams, HOI has enthusiastically agreed to begin sending volunteer teams to implement a faith-based partnership in the area.
Representatives from LUFFUSA
In order to facilitate this ministry, HOI will work alongside Fundación de la Sur’s social responsibility team to coordinate projects to improve the quality of life for the people in the villages where many of the sponsoring companies’ employees live. Two of the leading companies in this effort are Agrolibano, the largest melon producer in Honduras, and LUFFUSA, the power company in the southern part of the country. Their initiative in this effort demonstrates an important shift in the way that Hondurans take leadership to address social problems within their country.
Representatives from Agrolibano
The dormitory facilities that will house teams volunteering in San Lorenzo are located close to the Pacific Ocean and the borders of Nicaragua and El Salvador. Because the climate of San Lorenzo differs from that of Olancho, team members can expect the temperature to be significantly warmer, and must take special care to stay hydrated. Volunteers will continue working through community health-driven infrastructure projects, similar to those in Olancho, and medical personnel will work alongside local practitioners in area hospitals. HOI’s beta team, working alongside Fundación de la Sur, has already completed two projects resulting in the construction of one latrine and ten new floors. Team members will also begin doing home visits with members of the community and will provide Vacation Bible School for the children.
HOI will partner with Fundación de la Sur’s and members of the San Lorenzo community
HOI will continue to share additional information about the opportunities to serve in San Lorenzo in the coming days. In addition to San Lorenzo, there is also a need for more teams to serve in our northern Nicaragua location. This area has provided amazing adventures for those that have traveled there in the past year and will continue to do so.
Please join us in praying for more teams to serve in each location. To learn more, please contact Laurie Willing.