In 1996 when Escuelita Nazareth began, our first mission teams and their networks back in the States provided financial means to help educate our students. New team members each year traveled to Olancho, visited our schools, and saw God’s amazing work happen before their eyes. As they ministered to poor communities, many decided to financially support individual families and students. Several of these original sponsors still support Olancho Aid students today!
In 2010 the Olancho Aid Foundation officially launched the scholarship program. The four Catholic schools within Olancho Aid offer an exceptional education to students in Juticalpa and scholarships give hope to the poorest families that their children can have a high-quality bilingual education that otherwise would not be possible.
Students in Need of a Sponsor
Meet students from our 4 schools who are in need of a scholarship to begin or continue their education. Some children need full scholarships that will cover tuition, materials, and transportation. Others need just one of these. Scholarship contributions can fit ANY budget. We have sponsors who donate $10/month and others who are able to cover full costs for multiple students. Contact Scholarship Coordinator, Wendy Varela to learn more about sponsoring one of these students or a child like them.
Wants to attend: CEBSC
Henry has two siblings and lives with his parents. His mother is an employee from Santa Clara, she is one of the women who helps keep the school clean. Henry will start first grade this coming fall.
Wants to attend: Nazareth
Juan lives with his parents, his twin brother, and two siblings. He has a learning disability, his speech and concentration are affected. His mother has a small grocery store at home and his father works in farming.
Wants to attend: IOCR
Sendy lives with his parents and his two siblings. His father works as a farmer and his mother is a housewife. After graduating from school he wants to continue his studies in college to be an agricultural engineer.
Honduras is the third poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, approximately fifty percent of the population lives below the poverty line. As a result, the public education system suffers from a lack of resources, high student-teacher ratios, poor teacher training and no system of accountability. The government funds public schools through the sixth grade. However, many children are unable to attend even public schools because they cannot afford school supplies and the mandatory uniform; 40% of the population is not educated past sixth grade. Educating Honduran youth is an important step in helping the country develop economically and socially. An academic curriculum emphasizing social justice and strong literacy, math, and critical thinking skills will empower our students to tackle the problems affecting Honduras and work for change.
OAF has demonstrated a commitment to educating Honduran youth for over 20 years. The costs to provide great education are high, thus tuition is necessary to offset the financial burden. The scholarship program allows children living in poverty to take advantage of the outstanding education OAF offers, even though their families hardly dream of being able to afford tuition. We currently need sponsors to make this extraordinary program flourish. OAF is committed to cultivating a personal relationship between each sponsor and student. Monthly updates on academic and social progress as well as correspondence to and from the child enhance this bond. Your sponsorship will allow a child to receive a quality education and in turn give back to their country. You will be able to see a child’s life change as together we work to break the cycle of poverty.
The Scholarship Program currently benefits more than 140 students. Each of them has the opportunity for a better future that comes from having a quality bilingual education. None of this would be possible without the goodwill of the many loving sponsors that have joined the Olancho Aid family.
Here are some of our students who have benefited from being a part of the scholarship program:
CESC Elementary Student
Aly began her studies at Centro Escolar Santa Clara when she was 6 years old. She lives in the village of San Francisco. It takes a 2.5 mile bicycle ride then 30 minutes on the bus to get from the village to Juticalpa. Aly comes from a very humble family and has two siblings. Her parents did not have the opportunity to finish school because their parents did not have the means to send them. A parish in Ohio began sponsoring Aly so she could receive a bilingual education beginning in kindergarten. Currently, she and her parents wake up very early every day to be ready for school. Her father takes her on bicycle to the bus station and comes back in the afternoon to pick her up. Even though her parents cannot help her with homework because they do not speak English, Aly is excelling in school. This coming fall she will begin fifth grade.
Sandra was introduced to Olancho Aid in 2008. She enrolled in first grade at Centro Escolar Santa Clara. She lived in a house with a dirt floor on property that her family didn’t own. Her mother was always afraid of living in such an unsafe area. Sandra and her mother built a beautiful relationship with her sponsors. In addition to educational support, they also helped bring her to the United States for surgery to correct a debilitating hip deformation. Sandra was able to stay at their home and attend their parish school while recuperating.
Sandra’s sponsors worried about the family’s living conditions. With the arrival of a new baby at Sandra´s home, their concern increased. After a few talks between OAF and Sandra’s sponsors, the big project was launched. Early in 2012, they began working hard in the United States to raise money to begin construction. Sandra was so excited with the idea of having their own house. After a lot of effort, the house was finally completed with electricity, water, and septic. By mid-August, Sandra and her family moved to their new home. Sandra feels so lucky to sleep in her own bedroom.
Currently, Sandra is in 8th grade and her little sister is in preschool.
In 2005 Sindy Sosa was 12 years old when her mother decided to pull her out of a public school in town; she was not learning enough because of her hearing impairment. Her mother had heard about Escuelita Nazareth and together they came to the school asking for an opportunity to be enrolled. When Sindy began school at Nazareth, she lacked understanding of her own identity due to the communication void with her parents. After two years at Nazareth learning sign language with her teacher, Sindy started to understand her origin. She knew her family’s name and hers as well. One on one instruction with teachers at school led to great improvement with her vocabulary and development. She graduated from 6th grade at Nazareth in 2012. Her generous sponsors chose to continue supporting her education when she enrolled at a high school in town. Sindy’s desire to overcome is driving her hard work to graduate and achieve her goal; she wants to be a teacher and help children like her. Despite her disability, she is one of the best students in class. Currently, she is in 10th grade and, in two years, she will be graduating with a diploma in computer technology.
Yeltsin is a young man who comes from a small village near Juticalpa called La Puerta. He had his arm amputated due to a disease that also caused heart damage. With the help of the Bishop Muldoon he had the opportunity to visit the US for a surgery. During that time he was introduced to the community of Trout Lake, Washington. Members of the community took to Yeltsin and considered him a friend. They decided to offer him and his twin sister the opportunity to receive education at Cardenal. Yeltsin started school 5 years ago. His twin sister is enrolled in a different school in town. Currently he and his sister are living in Juticalpa in an apartment that their sponsors provide. This community from Trout Lake supports them in every way including internet at home. This investment in an individual embodies the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty, one child at a time.
Sponsorship Opportunities by School
Contact Wendy Varela to discuss how you can support one of our students.
|Scholarship costs||Santa Clara Elementary||Santa Clara High School||Escuelita Nazareth||Instituto Cardenal|
|Full scholarship including tuition, school supplies, & transportation||$155/month||$225/month|
|School Supplies Only||$40/month||$50/month|
|Note that amount of scholarship is based on need. All families are asked to contribute something to invest in their child’s education so some students only need a partial scholarship to attend OAF schools. Our scholarship coordinator can pair you with a child you can support, no matter your budget!|
Why sponsor a child through Olancho Aid?
Olancho Aid is a Catholic organization that is helping to end the cycle of poverty through education in Honduras. By sponsoring a child you are changing the life of one of God’s children forever, providing them the skills they need to improve their own lives and the lives of others.
Who are the children that need scholarships?
Scholarship recipients come from impoverished families who do not have the means to pay for education. Some families are even unable to purchase shoes or uniforms, which prevents them from attending public or private schools.
How much do I pay?
Scholarship costs range from $10 to $225 per month. Some children do not need the full tuition. Their families may be financially able to pay part of the tuition but may need assistance with the remaining portion. Your donation covers the basic cost of attending school. You may also donate additional money directly to the family to cover things such as books, school uniforms and school supplies.
Can I co-sponsor a child?
Yes. OAF can connect you with another co-sponsor to share the cost of a student’s tuition. Also a group of friends, family members, or coworkers may all contribute money to fully sponsor a child.
What is my money used for?
Scholarships go to our schools to pay employees’ salaries, supplies used in the classrooms, and other basic needs of the school.
How do I pay?
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
How long do I need to commit for?
While Olancho Aid requests a minimum one-year commitment, it is our hope that the sponsor will consider committing to a child for the duration of their schooling, to ensure their ability to finish their education.
Can I support the program without sponsoring a child?
Yes. We gladly accept donations for the scholarship program. These funds are very helpful because they cover the cost of transportation, uniforms and books for the children.
How will I get updates on my child?
In August you will receive a welcome packet with photographs and information on your child and their family. When the children are old enough to write, they will begin to communicate directly with their sponsor via email and letters. We strongly encourage sponsors to correspond with their child as well.
Can I meet the student I sponsor?
Yes. Olancho Aid encourages all sponsors to build a relationship with their sponsored child. 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 higher education. Current sponsors have had the opportunity to meet their students and their families, interact with them in the classroom, and even attend their First Communion.
Are the children’s guardians involved in the program?
Yes, the guardians must agree to several conditions prior to OAF awarding a scholarship to the child. 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 OAF. Finally, the child must maintain a seventy percent (70%) average in all subjects. If the these conditions are not met, OAF will revoke the scholarship.