Global Communities has been working in Honduras for the past 20 years, implementing a variety of development projects focused on housing, sanitation, disaster mitigation, municipal development, environmental management, agriculture, sustainable tourism and economic development.
In May 2008, Global Communities became the principal recipient of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Honduras. Through this Global Fund support, Global Communities is working with civil society organizations and national institutions to lead the Strengthening the National Response for Health Promotion and Protection of Health in HIV/AIDS.
The goal of this far-reaching program is to reduce the risk of HIV infection in Honduras by contributing to the national efforts and ensure that the HIV prevalence rate in the general population continues to be less than 1% through 2014. This is being achieved through large-scale prevention interventions which target the general population, pregnant women, youth, men who have sex with men, prisoners, and other vulnerable populations. Working together with the Honduran Department of Health’s National Malaria Program, Global Communities is helping to implement strategies for promotion, prevention and control of risk factors and provide effective and prompt treatment to everyone diagnosed with malaria in the 48 municipalities.
Global Communities is continuing its work suppoting anti-trafficking activities in Honduras. This program. funded by the U.S Deprtment of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, aims to build the capacity of Honduran actors to implement the new anti-trafficking laws.
Global Communities is supporting vulnerable women through the Wal-Mart Foundation funded Latin American Women’s Initiative. This program works to help women in Honduras find sustainable, market-based opportunities for employment, helping them to support their families and empowering them in the workplace.
Global Communities, in cooperation with the Honduras Office of Migration and Foreigners of the Ministry of Governance and Justice and local non-governmental organizations, provided assistance to trafficking victims and raised awareness of the problem with the general public. Funded by the US State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in persons, Global Communities helped to coordinate and streamline victim services provided by public institutions and created employment opportunities for victims to help them reintegrate into society.
With support from the Alcoa Foundation, Global Communities implemented the Youth Engagement for Advancing Hope (YEAH) program to assist at-risk youth. Through YEAH, Global Communities worked with the private sector to identify employment gaps that could be filled by newly-trained youth. By linking training with actual employment needs in the local market, participating youth had increased chances of success in obtaining long-term employment. YEAH also engaged vulnerable youth in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.
With funding from the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) in Honduras, Global Communities worked with local farmers to improve the agricultural productivity in El Valle by promoting crops that are more adaptable to the local climate and by building communal irrigation systems. Outcomes of this award-winning program included the construction of water reservoir systems and piping grids, establishment of water management boards and agricultural training for farmers.