We dream of a country where people's lives are not governed or defined by poverty, where medical care is accessible, where water is clean and plentiful, and where every child has the opportunity for an education.
Summit in Honduras is a humanitarian, non-profit 501(c) 3 based in Breckenridge, Colorado.
We provide outreach to impoverished families and children in rural western Honduras. We have been involved in caring for people in these areas since 2005. Our mission includes medical outreach, education, literacy, clean water and construction projects.
We can and do make a difference. We are partnering with small rural towns in the Departments of Copan and Santa Barbara in northwestern Honduras. We are working with the people of these villages, taking our lead from them. Our goal is to walk with them and not before or after them, providing support for sustainable programs.
Summit In Honduras is in the business of changing and shaping lives. The work we do at our Nonprofit Organization is aimed at providing a holistic approach to solving some of our society’s biggest challenges. We make sure our partners are empowered by creating opportunities for individuals and communities.
Reinforcing our Commitment
On May 13-21, 2017 we will take our 14th group of medical doctors, nurses, and EMT’s to Honduras. These missions have evolved over time and are now based out of the Manos Amigas Clinic. Our time is largely spent at the clinic as well as traveling to villages in the area to administer much needed medical care and medicines which we purchase in Honduras or through the Manos Amigas Clinic.
Well trained, well respected men and women living in remote villages, who are willing to go through training every few months. Training is provided by The Red Cross, visiting doctors, or the Ministry of Health. Dr. Marvin from Manos Amigos Clinic is in charge of the health guardians. We currently have 18 health guardians in 9 villages. The guardians are taught the basics of taking blood pressures, temperatures and basic medical information. We supply them with vitamins, creams, and basic pain medication.
We are also providing “safe birth kits” to give to midwives with very basic items to help with a safe, hygienic delivery. In addition we provide baby beanies knitted by Summit County women.
Potters For Peace
As of January 2016, we have successfully distributed 450 ceramic water filters to remote villages in Honduras. This project has been so successful that we hope to increase the amount of filters to 800 by years end. More information can be found on this proven technology at www.pottersforpeace.com.
El Encantadito Water Project
A gravity fed system was constructed to bring clean water directly to this remote village on the Honduran Guatemalan boarder. There is a clear spring high above the village which is fed down to a series of “pelas” constructed at each house to hold the daily water for drinking and cooking.
One Step at a Time
We partnered with the village of Nuevas Delicias and El Cedral to build a school and to add on to an existing school, doubling the size and capacity of the building. A new school is in El Cedral was completed in 2012. We helped to rehab their old school to be used as a pre-school/ kindergarten, completed in 2013. We partnered with Santa Barbara Rotary of Honduras and the people El Ecantadito to build the most recently dedicated school in this village, which was completed in 2013. A casita was completed for the teacher in 2015. We continue to work with Rotary on educational projects.
We help 30 to 40 primary school children with scholarships to attend 1st through 6th grades. This usually includes uniforms, books, and transportation.
Literacy Book Drive
We delivered 300 books in Spanish in 2014. Most of these will be used at the Amigos de Jesus home.
Amigos de Jesus
Home for impoverished children in Honduras. It is a safe haven, their school, playground, bedroom, chapel and above all, their family. The school now houses over 85 children and hopes to reach a capacity of 180. We first visited this beautiful community in 2013 and have participated in several projects since that time. The medical team going to Honduras in May of 2017 will be the fifth we have sent there. We participated in a construction project in June of 2015 with high school students from Summit High School. We hope to continue and nurture this relationship into the future. Visit www.amigosdejesus.org for more information.
Women's Micro Enterprise
Helping The Community
We have supported micro enterprises in the town of El Cedral. The women use the five treadle sewing machines we purchased for them to make aprons, bags, purses, and pillow slips to be sold both locally and at our annual summer bake and craft sale. The women also make flannel blankets to be used in the birthing kits we provide to midwives.
"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love."