Solicitor: Pastor Melvin Martinez and the Church of the Open Arms, El Achiotal
Location: El Achiotal, Santa Cruz de Yojoa, Cortes, Honduras
Project justification: This initiative represents Phase 1 of a multi-phase project. The objective of this first phase is to construct two classrooms at the Open Arms Church. Pastor Melvin’s vision is to construct three rooms total - two rooms to serve as classrooms for the Sunday School program of the church and meeting space for other classes or groups. The third room will be a technical workshop where youth from the community can learn woodworking, welding, and other skilled trades. Melvin believes this is an excellent opportunity to serve at-risk teens by showing them the love of Christ and teaching them marketable skills that will help them find gainful employment and be contributing members of society.
Beneficiaries: approximately 40 children in the Sunday School program plus the entire congregation and others who will use the facility
Local Church: lumber, roofing sheets, rock, volunteer labor (23% of required resources)
Association of the Open Arms Churches: 200 bags of cement (7% of required resources)
Municipal Government: cement block and sand (7% of required resources)
Outside Collaborator: remaining construction materials and skilled labor (63% of required resources)
Total Amount Requested from Outside Donor: $7401.32
Accountability Statement: The Heart to Honduras Honduran administrative office (CPH) works diligently to avoid paying the 15% Honduran sales tax on materials through a tedious exemption process. The current Honduran taxation system cannot guarantee this exemption prior to any purchase, and as a result this amount is included in the solicited amount listed with collaborative initiatives. If CPH does succeed in procuring an exemption or extra funds remain for any other reason following the execution of an initiative, surplus funds will be applied via internal policy to support future collaborative community initiatives, the administrative work of CPH, and the operational expenses of the Community Development Department.