The launch of Educate2Envision’s first Nido (meaning “nest” in Spanish) is a testament to the inspirational poverty-fighting projects our students lead on a daily basis in their local communities. To date students have led such initiatives as: planting community gardens for lowest-income households, starting the first Kindergarten, teaching adult literacy classes, and leading dengue prevention campaigns. This new space will enable students to explore additional ways to improve health, education, and environmental outcomes in their communities and scale up their existing projects across the municipality. We see too often that rural communities lack strong support systems to nurture adolescents’ roles as changemakers because traditional gender roles are so ingrained in everyday life. The Nido will be a “nest” of positive reinforcement through the commitments of our volunteer mentors and advisors comprised of university students and professionals from the public and private sectors.
The Nido, set to launch in Cantarranas, Francisco Morazan, will be the first of its kind in Honduras – a creative space specifically intended for young rural students whose families make on average $5-$7 a day.
Students from surrounding rural villages will have access to all the Nido provides:
- Mentorship (both in-person and virtual) with professionals from multiple sectors
- On-site skills training workshops and leadership seminars
- Collaboration opportunities to help peers in neighboring communities design their own development projects
- Technology access and computer literacy training
- Virtual cultural exchange program with students in the US
Nido is the end result of strategic and intentional collaboration between the government, the tech community, the corporate and NGO sectors, and amazing individuals, just like you, who believe in igniting innovation in the most unlikely places. We are working with the top three leading start-up tech companies in Honduras that are guiding the entrepreneurship movement in the country and have chosen Educate2Envision to share their skills with rural youth. Together with the most forward thinking Corporate Social Responsibility leaders in the corporate sector of Honduras, we are using Nido as a progressive step towards making strategic multi-sector partnerships the norm rather than the exception in the country.
Why it matters?
Fewer than 25% of Honduran adolescents in rural areas complete secondary school. One of the causes is that most secondary schools are located in urban areas, severely limiting access to education for those living in rural areas. Parents do not feel safe allowing their daughters to walk these great distances alone. More than half of the Honduran secondary school age population (15-24 years old) resides in rural areas, but consistently report far poorer education outcomes than their urban counterparts. Additionally while 11,000 primary schools exist in the country, only 900 upper secondary schools are available.
Nido will provided the extra support systems needed to guide students through secondary school and improve their chances of avoiding the common traps of child marriage, adolescent pregnancy, gang recruitment, and repeating the cycle of poverty.
We will measure our results through the household surveys we conduct twice a year, youth focus groups on leadership, and collecting evidence and tracking student-led projects in the communities. We will document through photo and video the new initiatives students take on to right poverty and their training of other young people to design similar projects.
How will the funds be used?
What will funds cover?
The funds earned through HIP will help cover the costs needed to launch Nido in Honduras. These costs include transportation for students who otherwise would have to walk over 2 hours to reach the center, all the necessary equipment and hardware for students to run the most successful projects possible, and printing costs for training guides and materials to facilitate entrepreneurship workshops and other related courses.
What if we don’t reach our goal?
Whether or not we meet our goal, 100% of all money raised through this campaign will be used towards funding the launch of Nido.
- $25 social media shout out
- Supply: unlimited
- $50 thank you personalized video from student to share
- Supply: 100
- $75 + shipping – 2 12oz e2e coffee and mug
- Supply: 25
- $100 + shipping – student hand-made crafts (baskets/vases/mini pinatas)
- Supply: 10
- $150 – Invite to Honduran Dinner Gala (San Francisco Bay Area-based supporters) For others, we will acknowledge you publicly at the Gala.
- Supply: 8
- $250 – Your choice of any combination of perks listed above
- $500 – “Founder” status – Your name will be included on a plaque at the entrance of the youth incubator in Honduras (+ your choice of any combination of perks listed above)
Other ways to help:
Become a regular Educate2Envision supporter to help us reach our ultimate goal of 100% secondary school coverage across rural Honduras.
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