April 26th, 2016
Last Friday, we were joined by area high school students at First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster to pack meals with Stop Hunger Now. We had a larger than anticipated turnout and in just a couple hours, we were able to pack 15,000 meals (our original goal was 10,000)!
Stop Hunger Now distributes meals through food programs operated by partner organizations — groups like Central American Relief Efforts — in developing countries that promote education, encourage children to attend school, improve students’ health and nutrition, address gender inequalities, stimulate economic growth, fight child labor, and are crucial to address global issues.
Partnerships with organizations like Stop Hunger Now have enabled us to send full 40-foot shipping containers of food to Honduras to distribute to partner schools in need. When we receive these shipments, we can run year-long school lunch programs in 30 schools. Our food program targets some of the poorest communities in southern Honduras, where this may be the only meal a child receives in a day.
As a result of the food program, we’ve seen increased school attendance, teachers have reported that the students pay more attention in class and get better grades. Another outcome of the program is that the project has brought the families of the community together — parents take turns preparing the meals for school children. The food packages come as a dehydrated, vitamin-enhanced rice-soy mix, but families in the beneficiary schools have come up with awesome menus to keep some variety, making soup one day, using the food as filling for tacos or pastelitos the next, and so on.
Overall, the program has been able to effectively target those who need this type of assistance the most, and we’ve seen fantastic outcomes. THANK YOU to everyone who participated in last Friday’s event!
March 28th, 2016
Join YOUTHCARE at First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster on Friday, April 22, 2016 to prep meals with our partners at Stop Hunger Now to support Central American Relief Efforts’ ongoing school lunch program in southern Honduras. The event will run 7-10pm, during which time our crew aims to pack 10,000 meals!
This is an event for high school students with interest in volunteering to support our mission! Please direct questions to email@example.com.
Hope you can join us for an evening of fun, meaningful service!
February 23rd, 2016
Thanks so much to our volunteers who helped load five shipping containers of school furniture, a very generous donation from Penn Manor School District
2015 was a busy year! In case you missed it, here is a link to our newsletter that went out at the end of the year.
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January 20th, 2016
Want to join us for a week in Honduras but don’t have a group to travel with? Check out the July 2016 tab for info on our upcoming trip for individuals.
The trip deposit deadline is approaching, so please contact our office ASAP with questions.
Hope you can join us!
October 28th, 2015
Thanks to those who participated in and volunteered at our third annual 5k last weekend at Lancaster County’s Central Park! Proceeds from the event support school construction projects in our workzone in southern Honduras. After two years of intense rain and mud, we were thrilled to have beautiful fall weather this time around.
Pretzel City Sports has posted results online – Congrats to our finishers!
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September 29th, 2015
Thank you to all our guests and sponsors who joined us for our annual Party with C.A.R.E. event in September. This is the time of year that we are wrapping up with most of our mission work and major projects, and we begin to plan for the coming year. Party with C.A.R.E. is a time to celebrate our year-to-date accomplishments with our friends and supporters.
This year, we had a few “extras” at the event – a raffle; 2016 calendar sales, featuring artwork by two young Honduran art students; and our second annual Honduran art auction, highlighting some of the original calendar artwork. Proceeds from these three special extras were dedicated toward an emergency food program in Honduras. There has been a prolonged drought in our workzone, so we are happy to announce that we raised over $4000 to launch a relief effort to feed schoolchildren in the poorest, most needy areas of southern Honduras.
September 1st, 2015
So far in 2015, Central American Relief Efforts has treated over 10,000 patients with the efforts of volunteer medical mission teams from the U.S., but many more Hondurans lack access to healthcare services, including pharmaceuticals.
One ongoing program that we run is a self-sustaining pharmacy project. We currently have five operating self-sustaining pharmacies in our workzone, which have been running smoothly and increasing access to medicine in rural areas for several years. The pharmacies have enabled locals to find the medicines they need in their own community for a reasonable price.
One of our current pharmacies in action
Here’s the good news — with crowdfunding, no donation is too small! Whether you are able to donate $10 or $10,000, your contribution adds to our success! Crowdfunding relies on many people making (mostly small) contributions. You can also help us by spreading the word – so please spread the word via email, post the link to Facebook, text your friends…again, crowdfunding is based on the support of many people coming together to make big things happen!
Because our pharmacies are self-sustaining, your contribution will purchase an initial stock of medication, which, when sold, will generate the money to restock the medicine in the pharmacy.
July 8th, 2015
Our spring 2015 newsletter went out last month – click the link above to see what we’ve been up to the first part of this year.
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March 10th, 2015
Already this year, we’ve hosted volunteer groups from Grove City College, Purdue University, a group of Board Members, Carol Martin’s Dental Team, and Vanderbilt University. We’ve seen over 6000 patients at 17 clinic sites. We received a shipping container from Free Wheelchair Mission of 550 wheelchairs (including a trial batch of the new, second-generation chairs, made with more adjustments to accommodate a wider range of patients). And this week we celebrated the opening of the Roger Sandt Kindergarten building in the community of Javier Soriano near Choluteca City. Please consider liking our Facebook page to follow our adventures! (Pictures to come soon!)