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Olancho Aid Foundation Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Religion, Roman Catholic

Mission: Our mission is to plant and nurture the seeds of FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE by delivering Catholic-based education and purified water solutions to God’s beloved people in Olancho, Honduras.

Target demographics: Students ages four to thirty, including those with special needs. Also, children and families in rural villages in need of clean water.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 900 students through our schools and over 5,000 community members through the clean water initiative

Geographic areas served: Juticalpa, Olancho. Honduras

Programs: Escuela Nazareth - Especial Education Centro Escolar Bilingue Santa Clara - Elementary Bilingual Education Instituto Bilingue Santa Clara - Bilingual High School Instituto Cardenal - Monolingual High School Clean Water Initiative - building water purification systems in remote villages. Solidarity Projects - Support for community, Diocese of Juticalpa, public schools, families etc

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Jim F.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a blessing Olancho Aid Foundation has been to our young people over the last 15 years. Not only have we brought a group down each summer - four of our young adults have done short and long term volunteering. It was a great experience for them. We look forward to have this relationship with OAF for many years.

Nora_Rodriguez

Client Served

Rating: 1

What a blessing has been Olancho Aid for our community. This year I graduated from Instituto Bilingüe Santa Clara, two years ago I had the opportunity to go to Erie, Pennsylvania and study for my TOEFL exam. Thanks to Olancho Aid and their donors. Just like me there are a lot of kids that have been helped by this fundation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a student at Instituto Bilingüe Santa Clara, I have been in this school since kinder-garden. It have been so bless to be in this school.Being in this school has brought me many blessings, one of them has been a scholarship to attend a summer camp in Erie Pensilvannia, this helps me in my present and my future! thanks to olancho aid I can have a better future!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Olancho aid is the family that saw my growing physically and intellectually, it’s my second home ...Olancho Aid always give support to those who need. it’s an institution that helps to make a better society.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand that the work of Olancho Aid Foundation has a deep impact on those in the community of Juticalpa and surrounding areas.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Olanchoaid aid provides teenagers and kids great education and opportunities to develop themselves, all within a welcoming bilingual environment.

Mitchell R.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of volunteering with OAF in 2016. I loved teaching second grade at Santa Clara school and working in the Olancho Aid main office.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The education and care that this organization shows for their students and teachers is exemplorary. Their students are bright and well rounded thanks to the time and effort they put in to providing learning opportunities that broaden students horizons.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A very worthwhile and honest charity that provides an excellent education for Honduran children

Donor

Rating: 5

I sponsored two children after my niece and her family became involved with Olancho. My niece sponsored a child several years ago who needed a surgery in the US, and the child and her mom stayed with my niece in the US. They have remained in contact with the family ever since and later did a charity drive to help the mother finance building her own home in Honduras. My experience has also been great with personal letters from the children and videos from the staff. It is obvious to me that this organization is making a big difference in the lives of the families they are touching.

Kathleen W.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a full-time volunteer with Olancho Aid last year, and I can say first-hand how amazing this organization is. They do great work within the Olancho community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Olancho Aid Foundation is helping Hondurans where it matters most. Their clean water initiatives and bilingual schools are transforming lives and neighborhoods.

Claire M Soares S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Olancho Aid since before it was officially incorporated. Next March I will be leading a team of 18 volunteers (we all pay our own way) for my fifteenth year! We have a large group of medical personnel and we will run medical clinics in the mountain villages. Other team members do construction work in the schools and in the past we have had educators working in the school along side the regular teachers. We can not say enough good about Olancho Aid. We have watched it grow while always adhering to their principles of Education, Hope and Transformation. We are in awe of what they have done to improve the educational system as well as installing water treatment plants in villages to help create healthier communities. They are truly committed to helping the people of Honduras recognizing that the way out of poverty is through education and good health.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

OAF changes not only the lives of the students it supports but also the hearts and minds of its volunteers. Eight years ago, I lived in Olancho and taught at one of its schools. Today I continue to voice my support and donate to OAF because I know that funds go directly to students who hunger for education and change. The continuation of the program depends on donors and volunteers like me.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Olancho Aid Foundation is a non-profit that represents the best of humanity. It started out small, the work of one committed priest who felt privileged to live and work with the beautiful people he met in Olancho. Over the years it has flourished to include academic settings from Pre-school through college, the Nazareth program for special needs students, and a range of other life-changing projects, programs, and opportunities for residents of Olancho and surrounding areas and for volunteers from the USA and other countries who are transformed by their experiences at Olancho. As a donor, I feel that every penny of every donation is used in the most responsible, creative, effective, practical, and visionary way. Olancho Aid Foundation is an outstanding non-profit most deserving of financial support.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My 2 daughters and I went on a week long mission trip in 2016 to Juticalpa through Olancho Aid. We saw firsthand how helpful this organization is to the community and Honduras. We helped build a stage for the school and painted the public school in town. We got to interact with the children and their families, attend mass, took a walk in the woods along a steam and played soccer with the locals. We also handed out donated clothes to a remote village and saw the start of Olancho Aids clean water project. This trip touched my heart. Our family has adopted a girl whom we pay for her education. I love getting pictures, updates and report cards from them. I highly recommend this non-profit.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered on a weeklong mission trip with Olancho Aid in February 2018. Olancho Aid provided me and our group with an outstanding experience of Honduras which I would have been unable to get as a regular tourist. I visited two hospitals, several churches, an orphanage, A water treatment facility, and many villages. I was able to connect with many Hondurans. Thank you Carlos and everyone at Olanch Aid for a memorable, informative and powerful experience.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have served on several Mission Trips and worked closely with the folks at Olancho Aid. They are excellent stewards of donations and resources. They use their resources to help not only folks in their schools, but people in the town who are in need and give Olancho Aid back nothing in return. They are changing Honduras through education and love.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Carlos and his team are do-ers! They get the job done and have accomplished so much from building to schools-elementary to high school and special needs-to clean water facilities serving many villages. This is an incredible organization!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Olancho Aid through mission trips for the past four years, and this year I was able to volunteer on a longer term basis as their first development intern. The honest love everyone involved has for this organization never fails to blow me away. The whole foundation has pure hearts and just wants to see the people of Olancho set up for the best possible future. I have made strong friendships with the children we see every year as well as the workers who make mission trips and volunteer opportunities possible. Olancho Aid has become the focal point of my summers every year and I hope that does not change. They're a genuine organization with great intentions and even greater people making their vision come to life.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This experience has been really great so far.. I had the opportunity to learn so much of the Honduran culture by working for Olancho Aid Foundation. Get to meet great people who are willing to go out their way to help others. I am glad to be part of this team, which is helping the Olancho community providing good quility education to help them to dream with a better future for their children.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Olancho Aid gets it! I have been part of a Mission Team that has worked with OAF for the last 12 years. They are truly committed to giving the best possible education to the children they serve. They believe that through education, all things are possible. With a great education, the future is brighter for Honduras. They have also been a catalyst for building water treatment buildings in many of the surrounding villages. The health of the people in these villages is much better because of the clean drinking water from these plants. Olancho Aid is truly making a difference in not only the lives of the Honduran people, but in the lives of those who volunteer for them.

2 Susan Marie N.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Olancho Aid Foundation brings hope and needed skills to The youth of Honduras. A strong, healthy, educated community provides stability and keeps families together in Honduras. If anyone feels helpless about immigration, this is the type of organization that allows People in the US to invest in long term solutions.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Olancho Aid Foundation gets it. By investing in clean water, you give children and their families their chance to LIVE. By investing in the education of the children, they receive the gift of knowledge which will no doubt be brought right back in to the communities from which they come. By address special needs children, shame is eradicated. All of this adds up into one of the most thoughtful foundations which heals, educates and brings hope to thousands.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an organization that has lives dedicated to the enrichment of education, health and faith. I've witnessed the dedication of staff who sacrifice their personal lives for the sake of others in greater need.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe Olancho Aid does a great work offering opportunities to young people. I myself find my opportunity amusing. I got to know lots of people and places, I improved my English and I found myself capable of new posibilities.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Without a doubt, a great and engaged nonprofit organization! I am an example of the education, hope and transformation that OAF promotes here in Honduras.

2 Erin E.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer with OAF in 2008-2009 as a first grade teacher at Santa Clara School. It was the most amazing and life changing experience of my life, and one that I will appreciate forever. I can honestly say in my 36 years, that my time spent in Honduras was the best experience of my life!

Watching my students grow up (they are now sophomores) and become positive, contributing members to society by way of continuing their education in a country that doesn't always value or have the resources to provide quality education has been amazing.

Olancho Aid truly cares about the future of the children and families of Juticalpa. I highly recommend volunteering with them. The character you will build through the experience combined with the life-long friendships will change your life drastically for the better.

Olancho Aid has become family to me, and Juticalpa has become my "heart home". Consider volunteering your time - you will not regret it!

2 Meagan T.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Volunteered for OAF in 2009. It is making an amazing impact on the lives of Olanchanos. Joined the board in the last year to continue my involvement. Over the years the organization has grown and become more sophisticated. It provides over 100 jobs in Juticalpa and quality education to the children of the city.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Olancho aid helps me to have a better level of English.they Help me to lived a unique experience in the Gannon university in which I shared with different cultures. I really thanks them

3 Katie C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was amazing experience! I loved seeing my students every day, being immersed in their culture, and eating baleadas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What started out as a school for special needs children has blossomed into four schools that serve the people of Juticalpa. As a volunteer teacher I witnessed the growth of the Olancho Aid Organization from providing faith based education to serving medical and water project needs in the surrounding areas. It is an outstanding volunteer network that is always striving to improve it’s outreach. Beginning with the children it is changing the future of Honduras for the better

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My daughter taught as a volunteer at the Santa Clara Elementary School run by Olancho Aid Foundation in Juticalpa, Honduras, for the 2010-2011 school year. I visited in Juticalpa while she was there, and I was amazed at the good work being done at all three of the school OAF administers there (Nazareth, Santa Clara, and the High School.) OAF is providing an excellent opportunity for education for the children of Juticalpa, and I believe that will lift many of these children from very low socio-economic backgrounds to a much better life when they complete school and find employment. The organization also is providing job opportunities for many of the residents, as they work in the schools that OAF has founded and administers.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was a pleasure to volunteer with the Olancho Aid Foundation. The work they are doing in Olancho is touching the lives of so many especially young people, and I am happy to support these bright students get the education they deserve.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the academic 2010/2011 year, I worked for Olancho Aid as a volunteer pre-kindergarten English teacher at Santa Clara, the bilingual elementary school. Although the experience of living in this developing country and working with a population that has expectations and a culture far different from my own was challenging to the extreme, I can nevertheless truthfully claim that it was the most valuable experience I have ever had. In addition to the personal growth I experienced and the special friendships I made with both Hondurans and my fellow volunteers, it was humbling and eye-opening to be a small part of an effort to educate and improve the life situations of those less fortunate than I. Olancho Aid’s vision centers on the saying that if you give a man a fish he will eat for a day, but if you teach a man to fish he will have the ability to feed himself every day. I came to see the truth in this analogy for the empowering nature of education.

2 Olancho A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been doing mission work with Olancho Aid for the past 3 summers and recently moved to Honduras to volunteer with them full time. It's rewarding to volunteer with an organization that is able to provide education, hope and transformation to children who would not otherwise have an opportunity.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Olancho Aid Foundation has been built on faith - in God, in the Juticalpa community, and in the goodwill of our volunteers and donors. We have faith that we can change the reality of children in Honduras through education. I am in my third year of service and I feel so blessed to be part of a wonderful group of people (from Honduras and beyond) to provide a quality education.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

In 1993, I made my first trip to Juticalpa, Olancho and fell in love with the gracious people there. So much so, I have returned each year with a group of people looking for an experience of a life time. Each time I have gone I have learned more and more about the people and the culture that they love, and I have witnessed many of my team be drawn onto a journey of new awareness that the face of God is all people. With that awareness comes an acceptance of our own responsiblity to level the playing field of the riches of the world, in other words how to live with justice and equality. I have made 20 trips and I look forward each year reuinting with my Honduran friends, helping where I can and sharing a new experience with those team members who have joined in the mission.

2 Bridget K

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In August of 2012 I got on a plane to Olancho, Honduras not knowing what to expect. I was leaving my family and friends for ten months to teach first grade at Santa Clara and "nervous" doesn't come close to describing how I felt. Adjusting to a different culture, getting to know 56 new little faces, and a language barrier were difficult tasks to overcome. Thankfully, I had 14 other incredible people going through that process with me. I received endless support from the organization, my colleagues, and all of the other volunteers. The Santa Clara staff quickly became a big extended family, my students were the joy of my life, and the other volunteers I served with became some of my best friends. I truly can't describe in words how much my service experience with OAF means to me. It was the BEST year of my life to date! I thank God every single day that he led me to such a wonderful place. A huge thank you to OAF for the life changing work you do and for allowing me to be a small part of it.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Well, where do I begin? At this moment 3 weeks before Christmas and after being here for 15 or so months I can say is a great experience but also probably the most demanding undertaking of my life. Teaching anywhere is hard, I have been told (teaching here in Honduras is my first real teaching experience), but combine that with being away from home, always being hot, living in a third world country and a student culture that is much more rowdy than what we are used to in the States and you have a the challenge of an OAF volunteer. With that said, I am certain that after moving on from here I will be a much stronger person. Also, there are many wonderful things that have come from my experience. My Spanish has improved greatly, although I wish it were better, I have learned how to live without the conveniences of the USA (both domestically and in the classroom), I have spent time with amazing people, both Hondurans and North Americans, and I have learned about myself. There were things that I wanted coming down here, some which have happened and others that have not (to my frustration). Also there are things that I hadn't expected and have happened (to my delight). Of the former I have done a good amount of traveling, picked up a good amount of Spanish and have had a chance to experience the wonderful people/culture of Honduras. To my frustration I want more personal time to do some soul searching as I live away from my former lifestyle in the States. However, being a teacher at Santa Clara leaves little time for that. As for the unexpected delights, by chance, I am currently roommates with a Honduran, Mario, for my second year. Through Mario I have been able to connect with Honduras through an insiders perspective. Having said all this, there is still 7 months until the end and much can change in that time. As for anyone who is thinking of volunteering, this will demand all of your energy: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, but perhaps, like St. Francis said, "It is in giving that we receive."

2 Jessica S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with the Olancho Aid Foundation, Inc during the 2007-2008 school year. I had the opportunity to see first hand the amazing contributions made by everyone who is involved with Olancho Aid. The education provided by Olancho Aid's schools is truly a blessing for each student enrolled in classes. I will continue to support Olancho Aid in every way I can because I have seen the work of staff and volunteers as well as the amazing results of that hard work.

1 Carlos N.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Con esta organizacion que contribuye a la educacion de Olancho, Honduras. Hay muchas cosas que con educacion se pueden cambiar en la vida de cada ser humano. Salir de la pobreza, cambios culturales, desarrollo de nuevas ideas solo se logra con educacion. Olancho Aid Foundation, Inc. esta haciendo eso con la contribucion de diferentes centros educativos para formacion de ninos y jovenes en diferentes areas

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