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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

33 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Mitchell R.2

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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.