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Project Story

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.

About This Project

Current
Children: 37
Staff: 7
Invested: $2,900

 
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.

Project Objectives

  • Develop basic literacy and math skills in economically disadvantaged single mothers
  • Help single mothers complete primary school through a government-certified education center
  • Enable working mothers to attend classes by providing childcare and food in a familiar location
  • Create a safe, supportive environment that encourages women to express themselves, make friendships, learn to communicate, and develop self-confidence

Project Specifics

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.

 

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Current Phase

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Completed Phases

Casita Copan Childrens Home Phase 2

Women’s Literacy Program

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Casita Copan Childrens Home Phase 1

The main expenses of the program are salaries for the literacy teacher, a caregiver to watch the children in the evenings, school supplies, and a small meal for the families. The budget is for an entire program year. The 2013 pilot program lasted 6 months, and the 2014 for 10 months

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