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HEALTH

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Medical and Dental Care

In Honduras, there are 8.7 doctors per 10,000 inhabitants, a statistic that greatly weakens the country's healthcare system. At FUNDESUR, we are committed to improving the quality of life in rural communities along the southern coastal area of Honduras. We have programs such as 'Health for Living,' which includes 10 doctors distributed across 10 health centers.

They provide general medical consultations, minor surgeries, wound care, prenatal care, cytology, colposcopy, and more. Additionally, each health center receives quarterly supplies of essential medications and previously identified specialized treatments.

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Our program 'Building Smiles' features a dentist who rotates weekly through the health centers where we are present, providing dental assistance such as cleanings, extractions, and even partial or total restorations.

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Sanitary Modules

According to morbidity reports generated by the Health Units managed by FUNDESUR, gastrointestinal diseases are among the primary afflictions affecting the residents the most. This is closely related to the consumption and handling of water under non-potable conditions, improper disposal of excreta and graywater, inadequate management of solid waste, and the practice of poor hygiene habits.

In light of this context, we make efforts in coastal areas of rural zones in the departments of Choluteca and Valle, implementing improvements in domestic sanitary infrastructure through the construction of sanitary modules. These modules include a washable peasant toilet, water reservoir, laundry area, and bathing area, accompanied by training programs on topics related to health education.

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Water Projects

The lack of water is one of the main problems faced by our communities in southern Honduras. It is estimated that more than 1 million people do not have access to water services.

To date, we have completed 9 water projects, each consisting of a respective well, an elevated tank with a capacity of 15 thousand gallons, an automated chlorination system, an electrical system, a pumping station, and its corresponding distribution network. These projects allow residents to have the vital liquid in the quantity and quality they deserve.

EDUCATION

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Constructed Schools

In our country, we face a deficit of over 4,000 classrooms, and it is estimated that more than 75% of school infrastructure is in poor condition.

We believe that education is one of the key pillars for developing more prosperous communities. We want children to have pedagogically suitable places to receive the gift of knowledge. Therefore, we improve the infrastructure of the schools that need it most. To date, 44 schools have been intervened.

Donated Desks

In Honduras, there is an estimated deficit of over 300,000 desks, a situation that leads to a lower enrollment in the educational system of our country.

To date, we have donated more than 2,100 desks to over 150 schools in the departments of Valle and Choluteca.

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School Kits

The lack of resources is the main cause of school dropout in Honduras.

We dedicate a significant part of our effort to provide children in the neediest communities in the south of our country with the tools that will help them receive the gift of knowledge in a better way.

It fills us with joy to know that, with our contribution to education, we are ensuring that the new generations have a future with greater opportunities.

ENVIRONMENT

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Eco-Stoves

Each of the eco-stoves we deliver emits up to 3 tons less CO2 per year compared to traditional stoves. It results in a weekly saving of 60 pounds of firewood and produces less smoke inside the home.

The eco-stove helps prevent respiratory and vision-related illnesses in families caused by the significant amount of smoke generated by traditional stoves.

Recovery of the Mangrove Ecosystem

Through mangroves, we have reservoirs of biodiversity. They serve as a source of organic and inorganic matter that sustains the food chain and act as a natural barrier to protect the coasts. Without them, the impacts of floods would be more drastic.

Together with a group of fishermen and volunteers, we work on the recovery of the mangrove ecosystem. To date, we have planted 1,256,864 red mangrove propagules.

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Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

The Olive Ridley sea turtle is a species in the vulnerable category according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In addition to pressure from natural predators, human activities pose a threat, as their meat is used, and their eggs are commercially exploited.

At FUNDESUR, we are part of the Verification and Control Commission of the Gulf of Fonseca (CVC), where we join efforts for the preservation of this species by strengthening bans during nesting seasons.

To date, we have released more than 247,900 Olive Ridley sea turtles

Program for Responsible Management of Waste Tires

Alongside Ferretería Herco and Cemento Argos Honduras, we have implemented the Program for the Responsible Management of Waste Tires, with the support of the Ministry of Health, MiAmbiente, and the Municipal Government of Choluteca. This program provides a viable environmental alternative by collecting used tires and utilizing the co-processing technique in cement production. This prevents them from becoming breeding grounds for mosquitoes or being burned, which could release hazardous chemicals into the air.

We have successfully collected more than 22,200 used tires

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