About Us

 

HURRICANE SPAWNS HEDAC: As a result of Hurricane Mitch in 1998, Unitied Friends of Honduras was established to provide relief in the form of clothing, toys and food baskets. Annual trips were made to targeted communities in or near Morazan, Yoro from 1999 through 2004.

hurricane mitch

We came to realize that to make a lasting difference we would need to somehow impact education so we re-organized in 2005 as HEDAC, Honduras Educational Development Assistance Corp., a 501(c)3.

HEDAC does not provide charity.  We work with communities to jointly impact the advancement of education of the children in their respective communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  HEDAC IS CURRENTLY MANAGING 7 KEY PROGRAMS:

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IMG_2286AFTER SCHOOL FACILITY:

Our recently completed construction of Centro de Estrellas (Center of Stars) is the first ever after school facility in Morazan and rare in the country of Honduras. It servies also as our base of operations from which we manage programs designed to advance education in our 13 urban and rural communities.


 

library DSC00072Library: La Biblioteca Dr. Andrew Nicholas Swanson

With an initial catalog of over 2,500 books, la biblioteca may be the first library focusing mainly on children's literature in Morazan or Honduras. it brings to students an opportunity to not only enjoy books but increase their reading abilities as well. The library program includes activities in reading and writing and includes a book club.


 

1 pace IMG_1313 croppedPACE: CONTINUING EDUCATION SUPPORT

PACE, for the last several years has afforded students the opportunity to continue their education beyond the mandatory 6th grade but could not do so because of their poverty level. At any one time we have about 50 students in the program. It fluctuates as students drop out (for various reasons) and new students are added.


 

1 g DSC_1977SCHOOL EXCHANGE PROGRAM:

Over the years we have had teachers from various Chicago suburbs and also Wisconsin to volunteer part of their summer break to come down to Morazan and work with students and teachers in areas from learning English, writing, to music & art. The exchange has been beneficial not only to the children but also the teams who travel down.


 

1 guitarACTIVITY ROOMS: La Sala Actividad Russell Foundation

Activities at Centro de Estrellas are meant to enhance & extend the learning experience for students. The Center facilitators lead activities in kung fu, arts and crafts, guitar, flute, sewing, Honduran cultural dance & music, creative writing, chess, & math.


 

COMOPUTER IMG_1949COMPUTER ACCESS: La sala tecnologia Audio-Visual One

A dedicated computer room offers computer access and internet availability for 15 students at a time. Students from the PACE program have found it very helpful for their school work to come to CdeE for doing research, writing papers, and completing class work. In the future there will be classes on computer use not only for students but hopefully adult learners as well, including teachers.


 

supplies DSCN1166REFURBISHMENT / SUPPLIES


Outside the programs and activities mentioned above, HEDAC continues to refurbish schools and classroom (new roofs, painting etc.), and provide classroom and student supplies.