Location: Central America
Honduras is a Central American country with Caribbean Sea coastlines to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. Like Guatemala, Honduras was part of the Mayan empire, and still carries a lot of that history and culture today. Unfortunately, Honduras is also known for being rife with political instability, and it remains one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. It has been in the U.S. news a lot frequently due to the immigrants fleeing Honduras coming to the U.S. border – we recommend this article for a first-person understanding of what they’re running from.
About El Ocotillo in San Pedro Sula, Honduras
San Pedro Sula is the most dangerous city in the world, with an average of 187 murders for every 100,000. The dump site in San Pedro is controlled by gangs, and a recent report by National Public Radio called the site, “a vision of hell.” According to that report, “Piles of trash burn and smolder across a blackened landscape. As a garbage truck dumps its load, vultures, dogs, cows and children tear into the glimmering bags of refuse. The “ground” is actually the previous day’s garbage — rotten food compacted together with scraps of cloth, industrial waste, used oil filters and fast-food cartons.
What we do here
We currently support the education of over 100 students in Ethiopia through our Paso a Paso program.
We built and continue to support the Richard Flasck Medical Center, which serves 9,200+ annually.
We help pay for schools in garbage dump communities, so they can continue to run and hire excellent staff.
We advocate for the individuals in these communities by bringing their stories back to the U.S.
International Samaritan is a nonprofit organization with the designation 501(c)(3). Our headquarters is located in Ann Arbor Michigan.