FEIH invests the money we raise into school construction and educational programs to build sustainable, community-owned education projects in high-need areas of rural Honduras. Our team works closely with each community and project to ensure that every dollar is accounted for and then provides detailed reports back to our donors.
FEIH determines which schools to help in Honduras by the amount of community involvement. We require 20-25% local labor, meaning that 20-25% of the labor done to build the school has to be volunteered by members of the community in which the school is being built. This provides potential job opportunities to the community members through our vendors, as well as new schools for the communities’ children. This approach ensures continued community cultivation. Our goal isn’t just to build schools, but to make sure a safe, productive educational environment is provided for many years.
We’re passionate about solving the education crisis in Honduras, maximizing the value of donations used to fund school projects, and providing where every dollar goes with the transparency and community support. Here’s the progress we’ve made since we started working in 2015.
~70,000 Lives Impacted
Through the construction of
Schools in rural Honduras.
16 Schools Built
Community members in twelve towns across rural Honduras contributed to the construction of these schools.
3,000+ Students Impacted
Students now have the opportunity for
a better life due to a quality education.
Total amount spent to build schools and provide
supplies and programming for teachers and students.
During our school construction projects, we offer the ability for donors to dedicate classrooms to their loved ones
completed January 15, 2016
Prior to construction, the school had two classrooms. The infrastructure was not sound, with crumbling walls and leaks in the ceiling. Due to a lack of space, students went to school in morning and afternoon shifts instead of spending the whole day learning.
The new school has six classrooms, accommodating 90 students from neighboring communities. The classrooms are stocked with white boards, desks for students and teachers, and school supplies. In addition, There are now six clean, private, and fully functional bathrooms. Signs on the inside of the doors remind students to wash their hands. They can do so using the new filtered water tank that FEIH installed on school premises.
completed July 9, 2016
The Rafael Pineda Ponce school has a unique story. Years ago, the community pooled their resources in an attempt to build additional classrooms for their children. The foundation was laid for the project but the money dried up before it could be completed.
Building from what they started, FEIH partnered with the community and expanded the school from a rundown two classroom school to a six classroom, six bathroom school attended by 98 students.
completed July 10, 2016
The Adrian Mejia school was FEIH’s biggest project yet, with 294 students attending. The old school was small and crumbling. The location was dangerous as it sat on a main road. The old classrooms made it virtually impossible to learn. Without real walls, students in different grades would overhear other class lessons, making it difficult to focus. In addition to the lack of space, lighting was dim and ventilation was poor.
FEIH received approval from the local government to move the school to a new, safer location and build it from scratch. The new school has seven classrooms, seven bathrooms, a principal’s office, a playground, and a soccer field. This project directly created over 50 jobs and impacted 6,000 people.
completed July 2018
The Barbara Frishberg School is located in the community of the Triangle, Olanchito, Yoro. Part of this school’s student population consists of children with special needs. Construction of this school was started in May 2018 and was completed in July 2018. Later in 2019, our donors went the extra mile to raise funds for a special library for our students!
The school has six classrooms, accommodating 90 students from neighboring communities and six clean, private, and fully functional bathrooms. The classrooms are stocked with white boards, desks for students and teachers, and school supplies