Our founder, Father Richard Donahue, first travelled to the department of Olancho in 1991 to minister in a local parish. What was originally a two year assignment has become a life dedicated to the people of Juticalpa.
In 1996, families in the community approached Fr. Donahue about a school dedicated to students with special needs. A generous land donation, as well as funding from various U.S. donors, led to the establishment of Escuelita Nazareth, the first school of its kind in the department of Olancho. With the help of the diocese, and in line with Fr. Donahue’s vision, a high school and a bilingual elementary school were then founded in 2002 and 2003, respectively. In 2010 a bilingual high school was built to accommodate students graduating from our bilingual elementary school.
To properly oversee this network of educational institutions, the Olancho Aid Foundation was formally established and expanded and a central director was hired in 2006 to provide support in strategic planning, fundraising and public outreach.
As our public outreach has grown over the years, so has the number of Mission Teams who visit us. We have 12 Mission Teams planning to visit us in 2016.
To empower Honduran youth to transform themselves, their communities and their country through education. Our organization’s vision is to turn those living marginally into active participants within their communities and create social change through learning.
The Olancho Aid Foundation is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization.
Olancho Aid, benefits both our community as well as the volunteers themselves. The mission team experience allows our North American volunteers, along with the citizens of Olancho, to grow in their faith, strengthen their trust in others, and gain a better understanding of the world by working together in unity. It’s a rewarding and life changing experience that takes place here in Honduras.
Olancho Aid Foundation Inc. - What We Do
We have had Mission Teams visiting us since 1991. Each year Mission Teams travel to Olancho from several different states in the U.S., some consist of small groups of 4-5 people and others are groups of 30+ people. Each team that visits the Olancho Aid Foundation comes with the willingness to help the underserved community here in Juticalpa, Olancho, Honduras. Some groups host medical clinics, some groups complete construction projects, some paint and make repairs, and others distribute clothing to the poor in remote villages.
If you think you are interested in bringing a Mission Team to the Olancho Aid Foundation, please review the information below and then contact us for additional details and availability. We would love for you to be a part of the Education, Hope, & Transformation that we are providing to the underserved community here in Olancho, Honduras.