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HOI Announces New Volunteer Travel Program to Nicaragua
Life-Changing Nonprofit Expands Services to Include Both Honduras and Nicaragua
ATLANTA – July 10, 2013: HOI, the international Christian-based mission program that has operated schools, clinics and volunteer work groups in rural Honduran villages for nearly 25 years, is expanding its operations into Nicaragua to allow for future growth into other countries in Latin America. HOI will begin sending mission teams of 10-18 individuals to Northern Nicaragua in late summer 2013 for a term of one-to-two weeks.
Jerry Eickhoff, CEO of HOI, said, “Each year, our 1,000 volunteers partner with people in a very rural area of a poor nation to complete life-changing projects. Over time we’ve developed a proven model that can be replicated in other countries with similar needs.”
HOI will partner with local residents in Nicaragua to implement community development projects such as building latrines, chimneys and concrete floors. Additionally, churches, schools and other volunteer groups will team with HOI to improve the quality of life in villages in Northern Nicaragua. The inaugural volunteer team, a group based out of Dallas, Texas, will assist local villagers in completing construction on a much-needed rural health clinic.
Nicaragua, with its widespread poverty, is one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere. Agriculturalist and indigenous populations often lack access to healthcare services, and homes often do not have basic necessities such as clean water, latrines and chimneys for wood burning stoves. North American volunteers with plans to travel to the area are not driven solely by a motivation to “fix” these issues. Mission groups work with the goal of being the hands and feet of Christ, side-by-side with the people they serve, greatly improving their quality of life while also building deep and lasting relationships.
The North American volunteers’ service and travel will be arranged by Tucker, Ga.-based nonprofit HOI. In spring 2013, HOI formalized a partnership with an existing organization in Nicaragua, allowing volunteers to the country access to quality facilities and the ability to begin their work on a strong foundation. The organization’s goal is to provide a marked improvement in the communities served and to bring a profound impact on those who volunteer.
ABOUT HOI: Formerly named Honduras Outreach Inc., HOI has coordinated mission trips for thousands of volunteers from all over the U.S. for more than two decades, sending more than 800 volunteers annually to the rural Agalta Valley of Honduras. In addition to the community development work accomplished by volunteers, HOI’s local Honduran staff serves the area through programs in healthcare, education, agriculture and economic and spiritual development. More information can be found at hoi.org.