El Salvador - 2007
Project: School kitchen in Ahuachapan (Cocina Escolar)
In 2007, H.O.L.A.S. helped to build a new kitchen in an elementary school where students meals are prepared daily. The previous kitchen was unhygienic and suffered from poor ventilation.
Colombia - 2008
Project: A new opportunity for a child soldier
During Fall 2008, HOLAS had the opportunity of working with a Montreal based organization named AGAPE in order to sponsor the visit of 4 children from Colombia who had been previously involved with armed groups. AGAPE is a non-for profit organization that works together with Colombias National Demobilization and Reinsertion program. The purpose of this national program is to reduce the number of illegal combatants in the countrys insurgent armies, and to give these individuals an alternative to start a new life. AGAPE's purpose is to offer former child soldiers that are currently involved in the national reinsertion program, an opportunity to come to Canada to do an internship within their scope of interest. The system was initially started by a group of Colombians that live in Canada, realizing that a large part of Colombias youth is right now suffering from their (in most cases involuntary) involvement in war. Most of these children dont know any other reality other than fighting, and it is only through programs like AGAPE that they are able to discover that they have the right to live their life as they want to, and not as they were initially forced to do so. HOLAS contribution was part of a larger project that started in Colombia with the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar-ICBF), in which children under 18 years old that had been previously involved with armed groups in Colombia had a second chance to take part in society and pursue their dreams. For a variety of reasons, such as home violence, poverty and deceptive promises, children as young as 8 years become involved with the armed groups and have their child and human rights severely violated. The childrens visit to Canada consisted of a stay of 2 months with a volunteer sponsor family, where the child can feel welcomed and experience family values such as love, parenting, and respect. During their stay the children also had the opportunity of conducting small jobs such as working in a carpentry or grocery store. Such opportunities are very important for the children because due to the long history of the Colombian internal conflict, children that were previously involved with the armed groups suffer from severe discrimination and uneven opportunities in Colombian society. With a total amount of CAD$ 4,000 dollars, HOLAS helped AGAPE sponsor four of five children, of ages ranging from 15-17 years old to experience and participate in a discrimination-free society in Canada. During their stay in Canada, HOLAS held a discussion session with the children at Carleton University, where the children shared their experiences as a former child soldier with Carleton students. The session was open to all students and was certainly a one of a kind learning experience for both the children from Colombia and Carleton Students.
Honduras - 2008
Project: Expanding an orphange, Sociedad Amigos de los Niños
After the first year of our organization's existence, HOLAS started having significant exposure in the Carleton community. Having completed its second project in 2008, HOLAS was invited to help host a presentation of Quique Rodrigues in his Canada-wide tour trying to find sponsors for a small orphanage in Honduras called Sociedad Amigos de los Niños (Friends of the Children Society). Quique Rodrigues was raised as an orphan himself at Sociedad Amigos de los Niños (SAN) and decided to dedicate his life by giving back to the community who gave him so much. Honduras is the third poorest country in Latin America where 2.2% of the population are orphans. The small presentation that Quique gave was the beginning of a long relationship where HOLAS found the perfect opportunity to start its third and most ambitious project. Originally, the project consisted of the addition of a new building to the orphanage, which would make it possible to welcome 15 children from the streets into the orphanage. Once the children are under the custody of SAN they are guaranteed to have their health, education and children rights looked after. However, there were other urgent problems that needed greater attention for 2 already existing homes. One home needed funding to complete the roof of the house while the other home had severe sewage problems that was not safe for the children to live in. Due to these problems, HOLAS has shifted the focus towards contributing to the funding of these more severe needs that helps more children and the community as a whole as well. The project was done in partnership with an NGO in Peterborough, Ontario, Friends of the Honduran Children, who has helped HOLAS with facilitating the completion of this project. Friends of the Honduran Children is an organization dedicated to helping SAN by providing both fundraising and sponsorships to the orphanage. After 1.5 years (2008 - 2010) dedicated to this project, HOLAS is very proud to have reached its goal of raising CAD$ 15,000 going towards renovating the older homesthat suffered from basic safety and sanitary issues.
Haiti - 2010
Project: Emergency earthquake relief
By collaborating with many other clubs at Carleton University in the Haiti Relief Campaign to raise funds for the Humanitarian Coalition which umbrellas Care Canada, Oxfam Canada and Quebec, Plan Canada, and Save the Children Canada. H.O.L.A.S. raised over CAD$ 9,000 from our first event which was then matched by the Canadian government for a total donation of over CAD$ 18,000 to the Humanitarian Coalition. Our second event raised over 8 000$, half of which was donated to Partners In Health for their long-term development efforts in Haiti.
Chile - 2010
Project: Emergency earthquake relief
A relief for the communities affected by the February 27 2010 earthquake off the coast of the Maule and Biobio Region. H.O.L.A.S. raised over CAD$ 8,000, half of which was donated to Chile to Un Techo para mi Pais and Partners in Health.
Nicaragua - 2010
Project: NICARAGUA | FUNARTE
The region of Estelí is one of the poorest in Nicaragua. NGO's and government tend to focus their efforts on the more easily accessible urban and semi-urban areas so little attention has been paid to rural communities. FUNARTE (Foundation to Support Children's Creative Art) was founded in 1987 in Estelí , Nicaragua approximately 2 hours north of Managua. FUNARTE works with children and uses art, specifically painting and murals, to help teach children about social issues and enable them to realize their full potential. Each weekly workshop has a social justice theme with interactive discussion among the trainers and children followed by painting. FUNARTE believes that by talking about their environment and expressing feelings that they could build a better society in their community. The objective of the muralism workshops was therefore to use art as a creative means for children and youth to express their feelings about the world in which they live.
Dominican Republic - 2010
Project: Scholarship Program
DCCD: The Dominican-Canadian Community Development Group is a charitable organization which supports community development through various projects including sustainable agriculture, education, water, housing and health. H.O.L.A.S. raised CAD$ 4,500 to support their Scholarship Program which provides university scholarships for 20 students in Bateyes Las Pajas and Monte Coca with the requirement that they commit 20 monthly community service hours for sustainable development in their own communities.
Honduras - 2011
Project Overview: H.O.L.A.S. fundraised for the construction of a dining hall targeted to children under 5 years of age that face poverty, improper living conditions, and starvation. The objective of the project is to prevent malnutrition in children at such a critical age for their growth and development.
The Community: La Libertad, a poor neighbourhood situated in the municipality of Las Vegas, located in the province of Santa Barbara, Honduras. H.O.L.A.S. is collaborating directly with the Mayor of the Municipality of Las Vegas, Mila de Lara. Noemi Quiroz, the mayor's assistant, will also be aiding with the survey of families who benefit from the dining hall. Currently, 96 children from 68 different families are expected to benefit from the infant nutrition centre, which will continue to reach out to more and more families in the community.
Completion Time: 7 months, construction from the month of June to December 2012.
Sustainability: H.O.L.A.S. is collaborating directly with the Municipality of Las Vegas. The Municipality is spear-heading the project and will continue to finance and provide volunteers, maintenance, and any necessities once the dining hall has been built. They will also receive aid from CEPUDO and Food for the Poor.
Cost of Project: 324,927.70 HNL ~ 17,566.80 CAD
Fundraising Target: $5,000 CAD
Amount Raised: $7,000 CAD
Brazil - 2012
Project: APAE - Associação de Pais e Amigos dos Excepcionais (Association of Parents and Friends of Exceptional Children)
Location: CRUZEIRO DO OESTE, PARANÁ, BRAZIL
Description: The project aims to build a new edifice on the assigned open space the school has so that they can provide more classes to the students and the students can have activities in that place no matter what the weather condition is. Usually the physical education classes which are very important for the students’ development gets cancelled due to weather conditions. They cannot have the classes if it’s too hot, or raining or cold. Therefore, a lot of the times the teachers have to cancel the classes which affects the students negatively.
Number of beneficiaries: 115 students, 46 employees, tatal of 161 people
Fundraising Focus: Education and health are the focus of this project. Because the activities accomplished in that space are crucial for the students development and health. They need the building for physical educational, and othe ractivities.
Budget: Amount of money requesting: Approximately $10,000
Mexico - 2012
Project: Piedras Negras, Mexico
Cabalgando por una Sonrisa [Riding for a Smile] is a civil non-profit association dedicated to providing physical therapy care to people with disabilities through the use of equine and occupational therapy. H.O.L.A.S committed to contribute to the construction of new facilities for therapeutic activities. These include a hydrotherapy pool, a sheltered outdoor equine track, and classrooms for different therapies, among others.
Costa Rica - 2013
Project Overview: La 'Asociacion de Mujeres de la Ribera' (La Ribera's Women Association, Costa Rica) was funded 10 years ago and officially has 28 members (out of the 130 villagers). They provide different kinds of workshops and training to the women, and men, of La Ribera village and neighboring communities ranging from organic farming techniques to hand craft workshops as well financial support for these farming activities.
The main objective of this association is to educate and empower women not just from la Ribera village, but also from the neighboring ones. But the local government gives little monetary support to this remote village and most of the funds are allocated to the maintenance of the roads that are the key link between the village and the outside world. Therefore, the women's association gets it's main source of income from a weekend long fundraiser event they put on every year.
H.O.L.A.S has agreed to fund them (to the best of HOLAS ability) for the whole process of construction of a functional community center. This will include the funds for the payment of the building license and the materials for construction as they have the manual labour already available.
Colombia - 2013
Dominican Republic - 2014
Ecuador - 2014
Ecuador - 2015
Mexico - 2015
Guatemala - 2016
Peru - 2016
Mexico - 2017