It is difficult to imagine what the life of an orphan is like-a world with very few possibilities. Imagine never receiving a hug from a mother or father… imagine not having a place to call “home." ...Now imagine that soon you’re going to “age out” of having a roof over your head and food to eat. Where do you go? What do you do? How do you even begin to support yourself?
The I AM Foundation is addressing this issue by
creating a bridge for orphans to safely cross over. And, then enter a
world where they have hope and the possibility of creating a better
future. Through the I AM Curriculum and social entrepreneur training, we are supporting self-esteem education, resiliency training and building life-skills for life. We
believe that social entrepreneurism is one of the most powerful ways to
aleviate poverty, violence and suffering.
"When a woman gets a dollar in her hands, 90% of it goes to her family." ~ Melinda Gates
Honduras Pilot Project
In November, 2015 we successfully completed a 3-month pilot project in Honduras. Now we are looking to expand our program to a year-long program as well as spread our work across the globe. You may be asking why did we begin in Honduras? Honduras is one of the poorest countries in the world. It is the poorest country in Central America and with 68% of the population living in poverty, Honduras also has the highest crime rate in the world while mal-nourishment is a huge issue. With all the country's challenges, we figured if we could make our pilot program work in Honduras then we knew we’d have a strong model to duplicate all over the world.
During the 3-month pilot, we’ve seen girls who first cried at the thought of coming to our class because they had such low-self esteem, in a very short time, be excited and have anticipation in learning a skill and then begin to bloom like flowers. Girls that quit school have agreed to go back. Girls who did not know they could create a different future for themselves, have started talkng about wanting to be a lawyer, a doctor a dancer...
Your donation means we’ll be able to continue our work with orphans and abused children in Honduras and spread this work around the globe.