Special Alert from Honduras National Director
Core programs in jeopardy
May 16, 2012 - Honduras
Within the last 12 months, the government of Honduras has mandated a minimum wage increase of almost 70% total. As a result, there was also a drastic increase in food prices in the country. Nobody in Honduras hired, and a lot of businesses had to let their employees go. Regrettably, so did we. Faced with a budget crisis due to this inflation, we had to let go of 20 employees in our home. We also had to adjust the daily menu for our children. Chicken and pork were cut from the menu, and the children are now receiving their protein mostly through beans, a fairly common diet in Honduras and, occasionally, meat.
In order to make ends meet, we also had to start cutting important programs. One of the most significant cuts is the National Certification for all vocational workshops which allows our children to earn an official certificate in their trade to secure work once they leave our home. As the cost of living continues to rise, NPH Honduras will have to continue cutting programs. Many of these programs are enabling our children and young adults to create a successful future for themselves. It is our duty to help them prepare for the time when they will have to take care of themselves.
Alfredo in the electricity workshop
The vocational internship program is now more important than ever. Given the cut of the National Certification, we also must strive to offer educational opportunities to all of our ambitious students. To help us save the vocational internship program, fund the costs for our new students who will soon be entering the high school, and the university program please see the following two projects or contact your local fundraising office.
Read more about the situation in Honduras and our programs.
Thank you for your support,
National Director, NPH Honduras