Women’s Literacy Program
- Our Work
Founded in 2012 by a group of local residents, Casita Copán is a community center for at-risk children and single working mothers in Copán Ruinas, Honduras. The main expenses of the program were salaries for the literacy teacher, a caregiver to watch the children in the evenings, school supplies, and a small meal for the families.
Founded in 2012 by a group of local residents, Casita Copán is a community center for at-risk children and single working mothers in Copán Ruinas, Honduras. Our mission is to keep families together by providing services that support our community’s most vulnerable women and children. Casita Copán provides a caring, nurturing environment designed to meet the unique physical, social, and developmental needs of each child we serve, while offering support for single moms in life-skills development, education, parenting skills, and more.
The overwhelming majority of the mothers we serve cannot read and write. This lack of primary education keeps them trapped in low-paying jobs as domestic workers. Our Women’s Literacy Program directly addresses this challenge by providing free primary education classes in the evenings to single mothers with childcare and food provided. Our primary focus is to teach basic literacy and math skills so that our moms can realize their dreams of finding better jobs or even starting their own businesses. We have partnered with the Ministry of Education to become a certified “education center,” which means that students will receive an official diploma upon completion of each grade level. These diplomas will make it possible for participating women to pursue higher education in the future.
The Women’s Literacy Program takes place in the familiar and comfortable setting of Casita Copán, where all participating mothers have their children enrolled in daycare. Three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), all participating mothers attend classes after they finish work from around 5 pm until 7 pm.