Common Goodness: Adelante Empowering Honduran Women
Robert N. Johnson with Adelante Entrepreneur Remigia, entrepreneur and founder of her local weaving cooperative, and her family in the Western Highlands of Honduras
Out of the devastation of a natural disaster, the Phoenix of Goodness can arise from the ashes. Human positive intent coalesces. People bond to figure out how to do something. Do more.
Often, overtime, people forget. Some other national or international disaster replaces the previous one. Day after day.
Our lives have shifting priorities as the basics of life ebbs and flows. Priorities rise. Goals fall. Objectives get achieved. Expectations become watered down. Yet, hopes and dreams endure. Goodwill for others remain everywhere.
For 15 years, there arose a team to support the creation of opportunity in Honduras. Adelante Foundation (based in Denver; operates Honduras with approx. 5 offices) has stayed the course. See the attached videos:
Adelante Foundation has focused for years on empowering, training, funding, and encouraging self-development. Micro-financing and educational services have helped many. Training mostly women who have hardly a 4th grade education basic business math, operations, and reading skills. Personal ownership. Yearning for education and self-improvement. Motivating individuals work with their enclave (or village) to come up with they own products and services. Products and services relevant to their consumer they hope to satisfy. Products range from raising pigs, weaving, custom clothing, jewelry, mini-mart/convenience store(s), etc.
Today, the organization works with over 7,500 women and their families. Over 15 years, well over 65,000 families and individuals have received entrepreneurial support. Adelante Foundation has made the difference. Ask the locals. Ask our partners.
The people of Honduras have much pride and hope for their country. Adelante Foundation (Honduras) places empowering families to develop their own businesses and improving their education a priority. The organization’s Founder, Honduran Staff, and Board of Directors have place years of their own time, talents, and treasure to support these Honduran citizens.
Special salute to Tony Stone (founder), the Wiesner Family, Dick Hayes (historical Chair & Treasure), current & former Honduran staff (Oscar Mejia, Celso Batiz, Gabriel Puerto, Sophia Anderson, Nicolas Flores, Dirki Dolmo, Tim Brandle, and many others). They remained active and connected for so many years.
Yes, not a place many hear much about. Honduras has an interesting history with the US and, now, the International community. Mostly, when something negative surfaces then you’ll hear about Honduras which isn’t always fair. A country used by major nations in the geopolitical regional scuffles. For decades, this country and others like it have received more non-economic aid then what really could have a positive impact on resolving problems. Somewhere, you’ll hear reflections on Hurricane Mitch which devastated the country. Or, you’ll review media stories about one of the most dangerous places or cities in the world. Few go beyond the statistics. Knowing that the numbers crunched a statistical table is a “human”.
In Honduras, please know that there is much more goodness happening there than you’ll hear. Cordial and welcoming citizenship. Yes, they have amazing diving off of Roatan Island. They produce a ton of fruit for export (with Dole and others). There are tons of small entrepreneurial women and their families generating income and opportunity for themselves and their country.
Many examples exist out there. Humankind have good hearts and intentions.
Good Deeds matter.
You can be a part of positive impact at home and abroad. See the links below about Adelante Foundation and some of its partners (Rotary International, Women’s Empowerment (WE), P&G Alumni Foundation, etc.).
We have top quality interns (from Ph.D. track to completed Masters) from the London School of Economics, Indiana University (International Studies Program), Trinity College (TX), etc. Interns from the Netherlands, USA, Spain, etc. Truly, Adelante Foundation has served as a conduit for goodness to help the people of Honduras.
So, you too can get involved see the links below.
Create the jobs locally then you can have a positive impact on northward immigration too. Most want to remain at home. Let’s do our part.
Bless you all.
Robert N. Johnson /// Acommon1 Good Deed For Change
Below websites listing the Adelante Foundation partners/partnerships:
International Rotary Club: https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/rise-female-honduran-entrepreneur
Adelante Foundation Partners: http://www.adelantefoundation.org/about/our-partners
P&G Alumni Foundation: http://www.pgalums.com/view/100-2014+Grant+Recipients
Women’s Empowerment (WE): http://www.womenempowerment.org/learn/meet-our-partners/133-partners-adelante-foundation