Honduras’ Best Development Organizations
(in our humble opinion)
Genesis and Ministerios Cristianos de Mayordomía (MCM)
Stewardship of Christian Ministries (SCM) is the social arm of the Brethren Church in Honduras. For more than 25 years, SCM has been developing ministries motivated by their Christian faith and desire to serve all people in Honduras, regardless of income level or where they live. Genesis—the largest project of SCM—is a holistic community development organization which works in Nueva Suyapa. Genesis is dedicated to the development of the community by providing services in the areas of education, health care, economic development, and youth development. They are unusual in that all their staff live in the community in which they work.
Alfasic does literacy work and adult education (grades 1-high school for adults) all over Honduras, including having over 300 students in Honduran jails. Very cool work.
ASJ—Association for a More Just Society http://ajs-us.org/
ASJ’s goal is to help transform Honduras, and the world, into a more just society. To this end, AJS supports efforts in Honduras that promote the interests of the most poor in legislative projects, defend the rights of the most vulnerable in judicial processes, increase the awareness and democratic participation of churches to practice the Biblical teachings on justice, and publish journalistic investigations on issues that affect the poor of Honduras. AJS works specifically in 5 areas—land rights for residents of marginal communities, legal and counseling services for very poor neighborhoods, labor rights for the poorest workers, investigations into government corruption and justice and counseling for victims of gang violence.
These are organizations which we think highly of and also offer internships from 2-3 years in development related areas:
Food for the Hungry: www.fh.org
Amnesty International: www.amnesty.org
www.sojourners.com – sojourners magazine online. Seeks to explore faith, politics and culture.
www.bread.org – Bread for the World, a Christian lobbying organization working on poverty and justice issues.