AHLE – Fundación Acción Humana de la Luz Eterna (HON-56)


Type: Youth, Family, Education, Disadvantaged, Children, Anti-drugs, Agriculture - Country: Honduras

Brief description and main aims

Fundación AHLE – Acción Humana de la Luz Eterna is a non-profit and non-governmental centre, founded in 2003, that offers housing, feeding and schooling to at-risk male children and youth, aged 6-18, that come from challenging socioeconomic backgrounds and/or are orphans. The main donors of the centre are from the USA (particularly from Fort Lauderdale, Florida) and Germany (particularly from Hamburg).

The centre has a scholarship programme that supports approximately 40-45 at-risk female children and youth that do not live within the premises, but allows them to attend school, use the computer lab and take additional classes within the centre.

AHLE’s main aims are:

  • offer at-risk children and youth a safe and decent home with a healthy lifestyle and environment
  • prevent violence and drug-related issues through education of at-risk children and youth
  • re-establish family and social bonds allowing at-risk children and youth to re-integrate into society with moral values, knowledge and skills provided by training and education.

 

 

Main Activities

  • Approximately 70 at-risk male children and youth, ages 6-18 live within the centre, and an approximate of 45 at-risk female children and youth, ages 6-18, don’t live within the centre but are supported through the centre’s scholarship programme.
  • The centre provides a safe and decent home to all the children and youth, who live in different dormitories that have bunk beds, lockers and closets, and bathrooms with several showers, toilets and washbasins. The children and youth are grouped according to their ages in the different dormitories.
  • The centre provides all meals to the children and youth, making sure they receive a proper nutrition.
  • The children and youth attend the local public pre-school, primary school and secondary school. The centre’s staff help the children and youth with their homework and provide tutoring / reinforcement lessons.
  • Additionally to the formal education that the children and youth are receiving outside of the centre, within the centre they receive training on auto-mechanic, welding, music (particularly in the following instruments: keyboard, guitar, drums, and bass guitar), computer lessons and English classes.
  • The centre has excellent recreational areas, including sports facilities like a football field and multipurpose fields for basketball, volleyball, etc. There’s also a swimming pool where children and youth can learn to swim.
  • The centre also organises different outings, sports and cultural events, and fundraising events. Sometimes certain facilities are rented to external publics for lodging, carrying out events, using the swimming pool, among others, this way creating an income for the centre.
  • The centre also has an in-house hen house and garden that produces organic eggs and vegetables. This produce supplies the centre’s kitchen and is also sold in the community. Children and youth are involved in these activities and learn how to raise chickens and hens, and take care of crops.

Volunteer tasks

One of the main tasks carried out by the volunteer is teaching English, music and/or computer lessons/classes to the children and youth, with the assistance of qualified staff members who are educators. The type of lessons/classes will depend on the volunteer’s knowledge, skills and interests.
 
The volunteer can also help staff members take care of the children and youth, including assisting the children and youth with their homework, recreational activities, artistic activities and organising cleaning and maintenance chores.
 
With a good level of Spanish, the volunteer can assist the staff members with administrative and organisational tasks, such as making schedules, rota systems, documentation, report writing, etc.
 
If it is of her/his interest, the volunteer can also get involved in food preparation, up-keeping and maintain the facilities and equipment. As well as  helping out in the hen house and garden (these two activities are usually carried out during the weekend together with the children and youth).
 
The volunteer may contribute to other activities and propose new ones.

Volunteer requirements / Skills

The volunteer should:
  • be at least 18 years old
  • be motivated when it comes to taking care of at-risk children and youth
  • have a high level of social sensibility
  • demonstrate willingness to adapt to local conditions
  • have good social skills
  • be artistic
  • be athletic
English and computer skills are appreciated.
 
Fluency in Spanish is preferred but a fair level of Spanish is acceptable. A good-fluent knowledge of English is desirable.
 
Being a social worker or teacher is very much appreciated but not essential.
 
As a social worker or teacher is very much appreciated but not essential .Also, it is not required for the volunteer to be Christian, but the volunteer must be respectful that the centre is based upon Christian beliefs.

Location

The project is located in San Francisco de Yojoa, Cortés.

Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)

The volunteer will either live with a host family or at the project.

More Information

The project is available to start in August and February every year for 6-12 months.
 
Social media:
  • Website: www.fundacionahle.com
  • Facebook Page: @FundacionAhle
You can request more information of this Project contacting ICYE Honduras: incoming@icye.hn
 

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