ADRA Gift Catalog Aids Honduran Students
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inety children received backpacks filled with school supplies on July 23 at an elementary school in the city of El Edén, in western Honduras, as a result of donations provided through ADRA’s Really Useful Gift Catalog.
 
One of the recipients, Mario René Amaya, 14, had been working recently as a farm laborer, after dropping out of school because his family could not afford his school supplies. Having received the supplies, Mario returned to school to continue with his studies, a decision that will likely affect not only his overall success, but also that of his community in El Edén.

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REALLY USEFUL: School children in the city of El Edén, western Honduras, display backpacks filled with school supplies, provided by donors to ARDA, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency. [Photo courtesy ADRA]
 
“This event was monumental,” said Oscar Quintanilla, the principal of the Esteban Guardiola School. “This is what we need.”
 
The children, ranging in age from six to 14, belong to large farming families who often don’t have the means to send their children to school. Because the parents work as local farm laborers, their only source of income is derived from crops they grow, such as beans and corn. In this part of Honduras, it is not uncommon for children to drop out of school and work as farm hands in order to earn additional income for the family.
 
“ADRA Honduras not only provides support to the agricultural sector, the health sector, the local infrastructure, and for food security projects,” said Claudio Sandoval, country director for ADRA Honduras, “but we also put an emphasis on education, which helps to improve the educational level of each family, and in the end, the entire community, as is the case in El Edén”.
 
Each child who benefited from this program received a backpack, eight notebooks, one box of crayons, one box of markers, 12 pencils, 12 pens, one set of trigonometry rules, two pencil sharpeners, a pair of scissors, a bottle of glue, and an eraser.
 
The distribution of these school supplies was made possible due to the donations given to the project for Honduran schoolchildren showcased in the 2007 edition of ADRA’s Really Useful Gift Catalog, in addition to the support of the ADRA office in Honduras, and the Honduras Department of Education. These donations allow ADRA to make education accessible to vulnerable people, providing the basic resources necessary to encourage learning.
 
ADRA’s Really Useful Gift Catalog has allowed hundreds of thousands of ADRA supporters to become involved in various causes, such as financing feeding programs, school constructions, vocational training, agricultural projects, awareness campaigns, and many other initiatives in countries around the world. This year’s catalog includes dozens of ways to support families, promote health, provide food and water, establish livelihoods, and respond to emergencies. For every gift that ADRA receives through the Gift Catalog, 100 percent goes directly to the project for which it was specified. ADRA’s Gift Catalog is available online at www.adra.org/giftcatalog, or by calling 1.800.424.2372 (ADRA).
 
ADRA has been active in Honduras since 1998, working primarily in the areas of infrastructure, health care, economic development, food security, emergency management, and education.                                                                          
                                                                              
-- Joel Paco and Nadia McGill/ADRA, with AR Staff



 
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