Tag Archives: Eduardo Chirinos

HOI with Delia Rivas, Honduran Minister of Health

Partnering for Impact and Sustainability

Before joining HOI last November, I spent almost 17 years with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Honduras with short-term assignments elsewhere. During that period, I was fortunate to serve in several capacities such as Education and Economic Growth Program Officer, NGO Liaison Officer, Trade and Investment Adviser, Deputy Director of Economic Growth, and Chief of Economic Growth. That experience helped me understand that poverty, malnutrition, and vulnerability are multi-causal issues and the responsibility for addressing them does not rest solely with one organization. Finding the right partners with the required capabilities and resources should always be a priority for every development organization in order to build capacity and foster sustainability.


HOI CEO, Eduardo Chirinos with USAID's Honduras Mission Director, James Watson

HOI CEO, Eduardo Chirinos with USAID’s Honduras Mission Director, James Watson

HOI’s target region, Central America, faces historic challenges that are forcing governments and partners to work together to deliver cost-effective, out of the box development solutions. Throughout the region, the lack of economic opportunities, deteriorating family and moral values, extreme poverty, and inequality are the main causes of critical issues such as migration and insecurity. This is exacerbated by climate change conditions, crop diseases, and price variability that dramatically impact the most vulnerable households every year. Over the last three years, more than 500,000 families in Central America have been affected by drought, and the compounded effects of coffee rust disease and low coffee prices.  No organization can address these complex issues alone.


HOI with Delia Rivas, Honduran Minister of Health

Pictured left to right: Honduran government aide; Eduardo Chirinos, HOI CEO; Delia Rivas, Honduran Minister of Health; Dr. German Jimenez, HOI Ranch Doctor

Engaging the private sector, central and local governments, and the communities is central to achieving HOI’s mission as a “Christ-centered organization working alongside people of developing countries who desire to implement sustainable development partnerships.” We have recognized that our integrated development goal of having prosperous, healthy, self-sufficient communities with unified families cannot be achieved without the active participation of key stakeholders from private and public sectors and the populations we serve. HOI is committed to aggressively pursuing a development model that focuses on building alliances and leveraging financial resources, knowledge, technologies, tools, and relationships. This will be critical to build long-term relationships and sustainability.


Pictured: Eduardo Chirinos, HOI; Jocobo Paz, Honduras Minister of Agriculture; Rob Fowler, long-time HOI supporter

Pictured: Eduardo Chirinos, HOI; Jocobo Paz, Honduras Minister of Agriculture; Rob Fowler, long-time HOI supporter

After almost three decades working hand in hand with more than 100 communities and their people in Honduras and more recently in Nicaragua, HOI has become a solid organization with an outstanding reputation and a development model that is ready to be brought to the next level. In order to do that, we will proactively engage with several partners and tap into business capacity and productive infrastructure to facilitate access to economic opportunities and jobs. We may need to make critical strategic decisions to focus our resources more effectively through partnerships that generate greater social and economic impact. It may also include focusing on geographic areas with different interventions; concentrating on activities that have faster impact and inclusion; facilitating an integrated package of services in the communities; and formalizing alliances that facilitate access to technologies, markets, and services.

Over the years, HOI’s success has been guided by talented and passionate leadership supported by thousands of enthusiastic supporters who have dedicated their time, talents, and resources to HOI’s mission. As we enter this new strategic period we are committed to finding the best partners to achieve our mission and are so grateful for your continued support and prayers.

Eduardo Chirinos

Silent Auction is LIVE!

Let the Bidding Begin!

Beautiful vacation homes, exotic getaways, a luxurious yachting experience, and so many other exciting auction items await you! We have wonderful items for all budgets including restaurant gift cards, plane tickets, beautiful art pieces and so much more. We’re certain if you click this link, you will find something of interest. And more than that? You’ll be supporting a great cause and organization that you believe in. That, friends, is what we call a win, win. The auction is heating up online, so go on over and stake your claim on incredible items!

Registration Closing Tomorrow

Also, if you haven’t already purchased your tickets to our fall fundraising gala, “Passing the Torch”, you should register today! Online registration closes tomorrow, Tuesday, October 11, at midnight!

We cannot WAIT to see you there!

P.S. – start bidding now!!!

HOI, Inc

Register Now
View Silent Auction Items

Press Release: Metro Atlanta Based Nonprofit, HOI Inc. Welcomes New Honduran CEO



Metro Atlanta Based Nonprofit, HOI Inc. Welcomes New Honduran CEO

 Local Humanitarian Organization’s Founding CEO Retires, Optimistic About New Leadership

 Atlanta, GA: This fall, Jerry Eickhoff will be retiring as the CEO of HOI Inc., a faith based nonprofit with headquarters in Tucker, GA. HOI facilitates service trips for North American teams, including many Atlanta area churches and civic groups, seeking an opportunity to serve globally and assist with sustainable community development in Central America. Eickhoff ends a near thirty-year stint at the helm of the organization that he helped found in 1989 to make way for a new generation of leadership. He looks forward to this transition as he believes it will make way for fresh ideas, new vision, and greater capacity to tackle the issues that confront the poorest regions of Honduras and Nicaragua. He will be succeeded by longtime HOI friend and supporter, Eduardo Chirinos, a citizen of Honduras and the current Acting Director of Economic Development for USAID Honduras. Chirinos will be formally introduced at HOI’s annual fall event, Passing the Torch, set to be held Thursday, October 20 at the Hellenic Center in Atlanta.

Chirinos’ appointment as the new CEO of HOI is a defining moment in the organization’s history. His arrival demonstrates HOI’s ongoing commitment to creating opportunities for Hondurans and Nicaraguans to shape their own futures in partnership with North Americans. On the appointment of Chirinos, outgoing CEO Jerry Eickhoff said, “I think this is a timely transition and one of great importance for HOI, and for the people we partner with in Central America. It speaks to the core of who we are as an organization that we are able to attract a Honduran of Eduardo’s caliber who is committed to serving the people of Central America. Eduardo has the unique perspective and experience required to take this organization on to greater things and I believe that he’s is the right person for the job.” Eickhoff will remain on the Board of Directors and assist with the change in leadership.

To purchase tickets to the gala and bid on silent auction items, please visit us online at www.hoi.org/celebration. If you would like to donate an item for the silent auction or would like more information on the event, please call Caitlin McCormick at 678.704.2532 or email her at ljwilling@hoi.org

About HOI Inc:  HOI Inc. is a faith based nonprofit based in Tucker, GA that works with underserved communities in Central America and facilitates service trips to those areas for groups interested in developing long term partnerships. Founded in 1989, HOI has been leading the way in establishing sustainable practices to uplift communities in Honduras and Nicaragua in the areas of health, education, agriculture, entrepreneurship, spirituality, and community development. In 2014, the Honduran government honored HOI with the Francisco Morazán Award, the nation’s highest honor, for their commitment to excellence and service towards the people of Honduras.