Library in Honduras (www.libraryinhonduras.org) is a small project with a BIG heart. Our friend Jenny Gutierrez Le is from Honduras and recently she decided to help a small school in San Rafael, Choluteca raise the money ($17,000) they need to build a library. Check out their website and please give generously.
This community has basic services like electricity, water, health clinic, and dirt roads. It also has some paved highways for basic travel to and from Choluteca. Most people are farmers that plant corn, beans, sugar cane, etc. Others have small ranches or small businesses (e.g. bakeries).
Five years ago, the leaders in this community organized themselves and started thinking of ways to provide a better future for their children through better education. Until now the community only had a kindergarten and a primary school.
To extend the education level the community decided to convert the primary school into a Basic Center of Education with classes through the 9th grade. Before this occurred, the school only had classes up to the 6th grade. If they wanted to pursue further education, they would have to travel to Choluteca. However, this is too costly for most families, especially ones with two or more children.
The community presented this need to the Honduran Department of Education and they agreed to pay the salaries for three new teachers. Finally, with these new teachers and new grades level the Center was able to open its doors to the community in 2007.
The Center now had more faculty (7 teachers) and more students (196) but had no more classrooms. To meet this second need, the community opened its doors to host classrooms in their homes and parks and playgrounds until the Center was able to build two new classrooms. These classrooms were built by the community and from donations from the government and private organizations.
As new grades were added to the Centro Basico San Rafael, there were now new demands. For example, the Junior High students needed to be able to do research for their class projects. Thus, the community decided to build its first library so that students could do their own research and have books to read.