Educate2Envision brings affordable and impactful secondary school education to rural poor communities across Honduras.
How it Began
In 2010, Educate2Envision opened doors to its first secondary school in Honduras — the result of a volunteer trip taken by founder Katia Gomez as a college student. E2E was created to address the numerous obstacles facing talented and driven students who desired to study beyond 6th grade. Growing up in a poor rural community meant that the nearest secondary school would be over 4 hours walking distance plus transportation costs that were beyond their families’ means. E2E took notice that not only was Honduras a country largely left off the radar of many foundations when it came to education projects, but also rural youth were not being invested in equally. The projects that did arrive were largely short-term or donation-based. So we set out on a mission to nurture the human capital of rural young leaders and equip them with the tools they need to fight back against poverty through education, community service, and entrepreneurship.
The numbers tell a story
Secondary school will be the next major challenge to achieving universal education in our lifetime.
By 2035, five years past the deadline of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, only 63% of the world’s 20 - 24 years old will have completed secondary school.
While more than 11,000 public primary schools operate nationally, there are only about 900 upper secondary schools.
The percentage of students able to complete secondary school in urban areas lies around 65% while rural youth have a below 30% chance of finishing this next step in education.
LACK OF SUPPORT
While nearly 100% of Honduran youth have access to a primary school, that drops to less than 50% for secondary school.
Over 50% of 15-24 year old Honduran youth reside in rural areas. USAID
This creates a huge loss of potential for the country when education is inaccessible.
The core of our work
We invest specifically in isolated rural communities where NGO and governmental presence is low.
We work closely with universities, local government, and the private sector to pool resources and talent to deliver coordinated and high-level impact.
LONG-TERM IMPACT APPROACH
We stand against the long tradition of handouts and dependency with an exit strategy at the forefront of our work.
We strongly believe in equipping students with the leadership and entrepreneurial skills to increase the well-being and economy of their communities.