Frequently Asked Questions
- What are your overhead costs?
– Our yearend June 2016 administration costs were 6%, and marketing was 2%. This means that 92% of all support was sent directly to Honduras. To see our complete financial statements please contact email@example.com, or call 705-749-1900.
- Do you have a strategic direction and do you measure yourself by this?
– We do have a strategic direction, and measure the work we do according to the direction. Please visit www.honduranchildren.com for a summary of the strategic plan.
- Can I find out your financial situation before I make a donation?
– Yes you can. Please contact us for questions or to view our complete financial statements.
- I see you allow sponsorship of children, but can I bring a child to Canada and adopt them?
– No. Our goal is to help our children become confident and self-reliant so that one day, they will be productive citizens of Honduras. Adoption is also time consuming and very expensive. For this reason, Friends does not encourage sponsors to attempt to adopt their sponsored children.
- What is your address, phone number and website?
PO Box 853
Peterborough, ON K9J 7A2
Fax: (705) 741-2900
- How do I get involved in Canada?
– You can choose to sponsor a child, or support a student in their education. You could also join one of our committees. Committees meet every few months for about 2-3 hours. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Why should I send money out of Canada, when we have so many needs here?
– While there are certainly many needs in Canada, Honduras has a combination of massive unemployment, a national health crisis and little government support for education, healthcare or social services. The result is a cycle of poverty and crime that is almost impossible to break. Thousands of children are abandoned, impoverished or orphaned, many of them are living on the streets or in conditions that most Canadians would find unimaginable.
- What is Sociedad?
– Based primarily within the city of Tegucigalpa, Sociedad Amigos de los Niños strives to help Honduras’ most vulnerable. For more than 40 years, Sociedad founder Sister Maria Rosa Leggol has delivered hope and an opportunity to forge a brighter future through self-pride and self-sustainability. In that time, more than 35,000 children have been rescued, cared for and educated. By caring for their basic human needs, Sociedad is improving the quality of life for Honduras’ most destitute children, young people, mothers, families and communities. Their programs offer safety, education, health care, housing and spiritual guidance in addition to technical financial and holistic training.
- Does Sociedad have a strategic direction and do they measure themselves by this?
– Yes, Sociedad does have a strategic direction to which they measure themselves.
- What is the financial situation of Sociedad?
– Sociedad is a non-profit organization. For more information on their financial situation please contact email@example.com.
- Does Sociedad have a board of directors, and if so who are they?
– Yes, Sociedad does have a board of directors. If you would like more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Does Sociedad have any paid staff?
– Sociedad does have some paid staff in order to adequately run the organization. These salaries are funded mainly by the government, as SAN is a non-profit organization.
- What are the key NGOs working with Sociedad?
Friends of Honduran Children, Inc.
Honduran Children’s Rescue Fund
Friends of Honduran Children
To contact an NGO please contact email@example.com
- Are you part of FoHC Indianapolis?
– We are not a part of FoHC Indianapolis, although we do work closely with them to coordinate our efforts in Honduras.
- Where is Honduras?
– Honduras is located in Central America, between Nicaragua and Guatemala.
- Why Honduras?
– The needs in Honduras are vast. It is the second poorest country in this hemisphere with 70% of the population living in extreme poverty. Housing is primitive, healthcare is inadequate and unemployment is massive. Hunger, sickness, malnutrition and neglect are an everyday reality and thousands of innocent children are found abandoned, orphaned or living in unthinkable conditions. For many it means a life of violence, prostitution, addiction, child labour and criminal activity. The cycle of poverty and crime often seems hopeless and the need for intervention and support most urgent.
- What is the government like in Honduras?
– The government is a democratic government. Unfortunately the government provides little support to the poor of Honduras.
- Do you work with the Government of Honduras?
– We do not work directly with the Government of Honduras. Our partner, Sociedad Amigos de los Niños does work directly with the government.
- Do you send money to or through the Government of Honduras?
– No, we do not send money to or through the government. We wire money directly to SAN.
- Can I get somebody to speak to our organization about FoHC?
– Absolutely. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a speaker.
- When is your next public event in Peterborough if I wanted to get involved?
– Please see the website for a list of events, or contact email@example.com.
- Why do so many of your committees come to my company asking for money?
– We have many different volunteer groups going to Honduras year round. These groups go to do medical brigades, or building brigades within the communities. Donations are very important to our volunteers, as they are responsible to raise funds for capital for the projects. We do have different committees working together to achieve the same goal, to improve the quality of life for the children in Honduras. We apologize if you have been asked more than once to donate money.
- My 21 year old child wishes to spend a summer in a developing nation, can I pay to have them work in Honduras?
– We do not typically send individuals to Honduras on their own. We recommend they go with a brigade. We are interested in sending individuals on a case by case basis if they are experienced in ESL for example. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- How do you go about assuring projects in Honduras are sound, run properly and are sustainable?
– We have a close relationship with SAN, and work closely with key organizers to ensure that the projects are needed and well thought out. We seek the advice of professionals to ensure that projects are sustainable.