Educate2Envision brings secondary school and leadership training to rural poor communities across Honduras.
How it Began
In 2012, 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 rural youth that desired to study beyond 6th grade. Growing up in a remote rural community meant that the nearest secondary school would be on average 4 hours walking plus transportation costs that were beyond their families’ means.
E2E took notice that not only was Honduras largely left off the radar of many foundations’ sustainable education programs, but rural youth were not 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 youth leaders and equip them with the tools they needed to fight back against poverty through education, community service, and entrepreneurship.
The Numbers Tell a Story
Secondary school is 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 to 24- year olds 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 underserved rural communities off the radar of most NGOs and with little to no government financing to support secondary school-aged youth.
We work closely with universities, local government, and the private sector to minimize program costs, pool resources, and deliver coordinated and high-level impact.
REIMAGINED STUDENT SPONSORSHIP
We believe in a financial aid model that doesn’t perpetuate bad nonprofit habits such as increasing dependency or creating a cycle of handouts. Our scholarships are repaid by students through their time and effort invested in improving their communities.
We believe in amplifying the voice of rural youth and elevating their skills as local leaders to tackle the most intractable problems in their communities.