Because access to education is a right.
Honduras is the third poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, approximately 50% of the population lives below the poverty line. The public education system suffers from a lack of resources, high student-teacher ratios, poor teacher training, and little accountability. Many children are unable to attend even public schools because they cannot afford school supplies, a uniform, or because they must work to help support their families.
The scholarship program allows children living in poverty to take advantage of the educational opportunities, even though their families cannot afford tuition. Sponsors make this program possible.
Become a Sponsor
Many students need scholarship support and there are three ways you can help!
- Become a full sponsor. Full sponsors cover a child’s costs of tuition, transportation, and materials. For students at Nazareth School for children with special needs, the costs total $225 per month or $2,700 per year. For students at Cardenal High School and Santa Clara bilingual schools, the costs total $185 per month or $2,200 per year. Complete this contact form to get more information about specific students in need of full support.
- Become a tuition sponsor. To cover a child’s tuition at Nazareth School for children with special needs, the cost is $150 per month or $1,800 per year. For a student at Cardenal High School or Santa Clara bilingual schools, the cost is $110 per month or $1,320 per year . Complete this contact form to get more information about specific students in need of full support.
- Become a school-level sponsor. School-level sponsors make it possible for children to start school right away, rather than having to wait until a full-sponsor can be found. School-level sponsors contribute monthly or annually to a fund that covers those who are waiting for a sponsor or those who need just partial support. Sponsors may choose to direct their contribution to a specific school or to a general scholarship fund. Recurring donations in any amount make a difference, set up a donation here.
Every student at Nazareth School for children with special needs receives near 100% financial support. Scholarship recipients at other schools come from families who do not have the means to pay for education.
There are several options for method of donation. You may pay online securely through our website, with the option of automatic withdraw monthly. You may also write a check to the address listed below. If choosing to write a check, we ask for one payment to cover the year’s scholarship. Make checks payable to: Olancho Aid Foundation PO Box 15 Rockland, MA 02370
While Olancho Aid requests a minimum one-year commitment, it is our hope that the donor will consider sponsoring a child for the duration of their schooling, to ensure their opportunity to graduate.
Yes. Contributions to the scholarship program generally, or toward scholarships at a specific school, allow students to be accepted to the program even if they are not immediately matched with a particular sponsor.
Yes, the guardians must agree to several conditions prior a scholarship being awarded. First, the child must attend school every day unless there is a legitimate, authorized excuse. Second, the child must abide by the behavior standards established by Olancho Aid Foundation. Finally, the child must maintain a seventy percent (70%) average in all subjects. If the these conditions are not met, Olancho Aid will meet with the family to discuss solutions. If solutions cannot be found within a reasonable amount of time, the scholarship may be revoked.
Yes. The work of God is highlighted between the interactions of two families with different backgrounds uniting for one common goal to end the cycle of poverty through education. Some sponsors have had the opportunity to travel to Juticalpa and visit their student’s home, meet their families, take them shopping, and even attend their First Holy Communion.
Sponsors wishing to connect with their student are strongly encouraged to communicate through Olancho Aid Foundation’s scholarship coordinator, rather than directly with a student or family through email, phone, or social media. Sending packages to Honduras is costly, but may be arranged through the Scholarship Coordinator.