Last year in Tegucigalpa, the public schools were only open 100 out of the required 200 days—a simple glimpse of the corruption that envelops the public school system in Honduras. Students either go to school from 7:15 am to 11:30 am or from 1:00 to 4:30, instead of a typical seven-hour school day.
Due to Tegucigalpa not offering full days of school nor an opportunity for the students to learn English, the gap between the rich and the poor is continually widened.
Often times, teachers go on strike for nearly any reason they can find and classes are dismissed. As a result, the education that these children receive is less than mediocre, making it nearly impossible for their terrible cycle of poverty to be broken.
Our desire is to meet these students needs and ease the burden their families must carry on a daily basis. By providing over 450 children with after-school tutoring, as well as reinforcement lessons, we are able to fill in the gaps that the government school systems cannot fulfill. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are also able to provide the POI students with their required backpack, school supplies, and uniforms through our annual Christmas Backpack Program.
[Pictured: Dr. Tom Stovall with POI Crucitas students, Backpack Giveaway 2013]
With holiday season in full swing, the employees of Impact Logistics are taking time to support some less fortunate members of their community, both here and far away.
The company’s “Christmas Backpacks” project, which began as a way for Impact employees to make a positive impact on young people in Honduras, has this year expanded and includes local students. Developed under the company’s Point of Impact non-profit division, the project sends 450 backpacks to underprivileged students in Honduras at the beginning of each year.
This year, Impact partnered with Memphis Athletic Ministries (MAM) and doubled the scope of the project. Now, for $60, donors will be able to send backpacks filled with school supplies and uniforms to students in Honduras and in the Memphis area. This new partnership will ensure that 900 students will start the New Year with a fresh uniform, new school shoes, and school supplies.
The annual project is generating plenty of attention and has attracted increased donations this year. Impact founder David Hamilton recently promoted the “Christmas Backpacks” program on WREG-TV and a feature story was published in The Bartlett Express.
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James Dowd is the PR Senior Account Executive at Sullivan Branding and a former Business Reporter/Columnist at The Commercial Appeal. To read more, click here.