Honduras: Ground Broken for Technology Center
Global Playground has launched Project Honduras, a technology center that will be a critical component of a larger learning center serving hundreds of impoverished youth. The learning center will serve the youth of the Las Brisas and Villa Soleada communities near El Progreso, the fourth largest city in Honduras.
Construction on the learning center began on December 14, 2009. Board members Doug Bunch, Doug Smith and Edward Branagan, accompanied by their families, visited the site around the New Year. According to Mr. Bunch, the center is “going up very fast” and is expected to serve between 200 and 250 students. The center will provide a safe educational space for youth living in impoverished areas near El Progreso, the home of Honduras’s largest sweatshop, says Mr. Bunch.
Global Playground’s technology center is part of a coordinated effort to improve educational opportunities for Honduran youth. This is critical, given that Honduras is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 45 percent of its population under age 18. The larger learning center continues the ongoing work of Global Playground’s partner organization, Students Helping Honduras, which has also constructed new homes for many of the youth’s families. The new facility, which will also include a library and classroom space, will be utilized as a platform for a variety of community empowerment programs. In addition, the learning center will help improve educational opportunities for local youth participating in cross-cultural exchanges with U.S. students through Global Playground’s “A World Beyond Classrooms” initiative.
Look out for a fully constructed learning center by April 2010!