1. Spiritual Education- Just as a house needs to be built on a strong foundation to withstand all storms that blow against it, the church is the strong foundation of everything we do in ministry in Choluteca. Community transformation starts with our church ministries. As global workers with World Gospel Mission, we share the WGM institutional vision of "transformed people transforming communities to transform the world." The most successful community development starts with a strong church and transformed lives.
2. Vocational Education- Insufficient jobs for a rapidly growing youth population are a major difficulty for Honduras. Often, when jobs are unavailable to young people, they are urged to turn to the gangs for finding a sense of belonging and acceptance. One of the most important strategies of building the community is to prepare young people with the needed skills for the job market. Our vocational school provide a hands-on learning environment where students are able to study in a safe environment.
3. High School Education- Under the direction of the Honduras Ministry of Education, the Choluteca ministry has developed an innovative nursing high school program that is preparing young men and women to become highly educated change agents in the career of nursing. They are filling a gap in the education system and are providing compassionate, skilled health care at an opportune time during the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic.
4. Extra-curricular Education- One of the major educational challenges in Honduras is the high school dropout rates. According to Honduras Government statistics, only 37% of the youth between the ages of 15 and 17 are in school. Our research among the youth of Choluteca suggested that increasing extra-curricular youth programs was one possible strategy to help keep young people in school. As a result, the WGM Regional Ministry Team has been investing in 4-H extra-curricular youth programs. Choluteca presently has two 4-H clubs.
The mission of the Choluteca 4-S program is to assist youth, and adults working with those youth, to gain additional knowledge, life skills, and attitudes that will further their development as self-directing, contributing, and productive members of society.
I pledge my head (saber) to clearer thinking,
my heart (sentimientos) to greater loyalty,
my hands (servicio) to larger service, and
my health (salud) to better living,
for my club, my community, my country and my world.
Learning by doing.
To Make the Best Better.
Chicken pens for rotational grazing.
Container gardening for urban youth.
Sewing projects and crafts.
Building wooden tables and benches.
To build a shed where the youth can meet.
White marker boards are needed.
Our vision is for a world where children, youth and adults learn, grow and work together in an integral way for a positive change. Topics and skills are used each week to help the students learn life skills.
Young people who belong to the Choluteca 4-H Club, alongside their adult supervisors, felt the desire to take 4-month virtual courses in Painting, and Vegetable Gardening through the CEVTI vocational school. Despite how difficult this year was, they learned the necessary technology and got online with cell
phones to take the classes.
The course in Vegetable Gardening allowed students to gain valuable knowledge that helps positively impact their diet. They also learn to collaborate in their community and care for their neighbors.
The 4-H clubs made gowns, caps, bed sheets, and face coverings for the local hospital and health department. These items have been scarce during the Covid-19 pandemic. The students told the personnel that these were given in Jesus' name.
Preparing nutritious meals for the family. The students also learned the importance of having a variety of food. They learned how to use readily available ingredients to make new products, such as making soy milk from soybeans, or using eggplant (easily grown) to make homemade lasagna.
The youth are learning to care for chickens and other small animals. Being able to raise animals can help contribute to the diet of their family, too, with meat, eggs, and milk produced by the animals.
The program's regional supervisors, Pati, Diana, and Esmilda often have to cross the rivers to get to the youth in rural areas. Pray for them as they travel to visit students in the scholarship program, as well as the 4-H program.
Your contribution will enable us to continue having a long-term impact on the youth of Choluteca, Honduras. We are very grateful for your generosity.