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 Santa Clara bilingual schools, the costs total $185 per month or $2,200 per year. For students at Nazareth School for children with special needs, the costs total $225 per month or $2,700 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 Santa Clara bilingual schools, the cost is $110 per month or $1,320 per year. For a student at Nazareth School for children with special needs, the cost is $150 per month or $1,800 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.
Because education is a right and a privilege.
Honduras is the third poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, approximately 50% 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 little 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 economical development. An academic curriculum emphasizing social justice and strong literacy, math, and critical thinking skills will empower our students to tackle problems currently affecting Honduras and to work for change.
Olancho Aid Foundation 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 educational opportunities, even though their families cannot afford tuition. Sponsors are needed to make this extraordinary program flourish. Your sponsorship will allow a child to receive a quality education and in turn, give back to their country. You will be see a child’s life change as together we work to break the cycle of poverty.
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.
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.
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.