Youth in Copán Ruinas have big dreams, but the reality can be quick to put those dreams out. Casita Copan focuses on developing practical skills and leadership in the youth that participate in our programs so that they can be prepared to face the challenges that the future will hold. Youth participate in educational programming, practical workshops and trainings, and internships in the community to gain real-life work experience. Participating youth earn a scholarship to high school so they can continue their education.
The research shows that education is the first step to mitigate many of the outcomes of poverty. Historically in Honduras, education was only compulsory until 6th grade, at which point many children dropped out to start working and help their families. However, this limited education traps people in low-paying jobs that only further perpetuate the cycle of poverty. That’s why it’s so important that children have an opportunity to continue beyond 6th grade, earn their high school diploma, and develop the skills and confidence to achieve their dreams for the future.