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CONFERENCE ON HONDURAN DEVELOPMENT SET FOR DANLI
The First Lady of Honduras will be a guest speaker at the Conference on Honduran Development in Danli (El Paraiso) during February 7-8, 2003. Aguas Ocaña de Maduro will attend, along with other Honduran officials, on February 7. Her presentation will be about helping the children of Honduras and working more closely with the many aid organizations operating projects in the country. The session on February 8 will be dedicated to giving an opportunity for representatives of aid groups to get together and discuss how they can better cooperate with each other. The conference is sponsored by Moving Mountains. For further information.
 

STANDARD FRUIT TO INVEST $12.8 MILLION IN BANANA AND PINEAPPLE PRODUCTION
The Standard Fruit Company will invest $11.7 million in the production of bananas in Honduras and another $1.1 million to produce pineapples. The investment will create 1,100 new jobs and increase exports of these fruits by 2.5 million boxes.

 

PANI DONATES $4,940 TO DAY CARE CENTER FOR THE ELDERLY IN TEGUCIGALPA
The First Lady of Honduras, Aguas Ocaña de Maduro, delivered a donation of Lps84,000 ($4,940) to the Centro de Día y de Reposo (CEDER) in Tegucigalpa. The center, which cares for 34 elderly and 8 mentally disturbed individuals, opened on December 17, 2001. It provides services primarily for elderly people who have been abandoned by their families or society in general. The donation was given by the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (PANI).

 

FIRST LADY OBTAINS VISA AND AIRLINE TICKETS FOR YOUNG GIRL WITH LEUKEMIA
The First Lady of Honduras, Aguas Ocaña de Maduro, obtained a visa and the necessary airline tickets for María Fernanda Alvarenga so that the child can receive medical care in the US. María Fernanda has leukemia. The First Lady, who will now be handling these type of special cases, was reportedly moved to get involved when she learned that another Honduran child, Rolando Josué Amaya, recently died of aplastic anemia because he was not granted a visa to travel abroad for treatment in time.

 

VIDA FOUNDATION DONATES $294,000 IN MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES TO ATLANTIDA HOSPITAL
The Vida Foundation of San Francisco, California, donated four dialysis machines and other medical equipment (including an infusion pump, 30 hospital beds, blankets, 50 wheelchairs, five prosthetic legs, orthopedic materials, 370 crutches, and 40 walkers) and supplies (including 150 boxes of medicines) to the Atlántida Integrado hospital in La Ceiba. The donation, valued at approximately Lps5 million ($294,100), was facilitated by Honduras' Consul General in San Francisco, Lucas Barrios. The equipment was delivered to Honduras' Minister of Health, Elías Lizardo. The Vida Foundation is made up of Hondurans from the San Francisco area.

 

14% OF GARIFUNA POPULATION IN HONDURAS BELIEVED TO HAVE HIV
About 14% of the indigenous Garífuna population of Honduras is estimated to be infected with HIV, according to the Confederación de Pueblos Autóctonos de Honduras (CONPAH).

 

SCHOOLS FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD TO BUILD AND REPAIR SCHOOLS IN PANDY TOWN

 

HONDURAS' VALUE OF GOODS AND SERVICES EXPORTED TOTALED $2 BILLION IN 2002
Honduras' exportation of good and services in 2002 dropped by 25%, compared to 2001, according to the country's Department of Commerce. The value of goods and services exported totaled $2 billion in 2002. In 2001, the total was $2.499 billion. One of the main reasons for the drop is the decrease in the prices of Honduras' major agricultural commodities such as coffee, shrimp, bananas, melon, and others. The export volume for these goods has remained relatively constant during the past few years.

 

HONDURAN GOVERNMENT APPROVES $388,235 FOR CONSTRUCTION OF 172 HOUSES
The Government of Honduras approved Lps6.6 million ($388,235) for construction of 172 houses for poor families in five municipalities of the department of Francisco Morazan, including 30 houses in Reitoca, 53 in Curaren, 13 in Valle de Angeles, 36 in San Miguelito, and 40 in La Venta. The funds will be channeled through the Secretariat for Public Transportation and Housing Project (SOPTRAVI).

 

IDB, SWEDEN AND GREAT BRITAIN TO LOAN $7 MILLION TO MODERNIZE NATIONAL STATISTICS SYSTEM
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Government of Sweden, and Government of Great of Britain will lend $7 million to Honduras' National Institute of Statistic for modernization of the national statistics system. For information on other loans, donations, grants, and debt pardon actions, see money watcher.

 

PAZ BARAONA HEALTH CLINIC IN SAN PEDRO SULA NEEDS REMODELING, EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES
The Paz Baraona health clinic in San Pedro Sula is soliciting help from the business community to remodel, equip, and supply the center. Its director, Allan Sabillón, says that recent fundraising efforts have collected about Lps50 million ($2.9 million) for the project. Assistance is also being sought from the municipal government of San Pedro Sula and Congressional representatives from the department of Cortés. A foundation of Hondurans who live in Miami, Florida, has expressed a willingness to provide financial support, specifically with regard to supplying various medical equipment such as a mamograph machine.

 

72% OF HONDURANS LIVE IN POVERTY
The United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) recently published its State of the World Population 2002 report. According to the study, some 4.7 million people in Honduras live in poverty, or roughly 72% of the country's population. Of this total, 3.5 million are believed to live in "extreme poverty", subsisting on less than one dollar per day. This figure represents about 843,000 Honduran families, or 53% of the country population. Each year, an additional 16,000 Honduran families join the ranks of the extremely poor. To read a short commentary, see essay&articles.

 

NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS IN HONDURAS NUMBER 6,000
There are approximately 6,000 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) registered in Honduras. The Honduran Government's Ministry of Government and Justice announced that it will be cracking down on those NGOs that are found not to comply with their primary mission. This could mean cancellation non-profit status. The Ministry's Superintendent of Associations will oversee this process. There is concern that many NGOs are abusing their privileges.

 

IDB ESTIMATES 20,000 STREETS KIDS IN HONDURAS
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates there are about 20,000 children living on the streets in Honduras. Almost all of these kids have taken or are taking drugs. About 60% of them suffer from severe depression and at least six out of every 100 end up committing suicide. The IDB, along with organizations such as Casa Alianza and Asociacion Compartir have launched a new campaign to find alternative solutions for the growing problem of homeless children in Honduras.

 

JAPAN DONATES 4,000 TONS OF FERTILIZER FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION
The Government of Japan donated 4,000 metric tons of fertilizer to Honduras' Ministry of Agriculture. The fertilizer will be sold to the public at Lps5-6 below market price. It will allow Honduras to expand the amount of agricultural production by 85,000 manzanas.

 

PAYLESS SHOES TO BUILD A SHOE FACTORY IN CHOLUTECA
Payless Shoes of the US will invest $30 million in Honduras to build a shoe factory in Choluteca. The facility will employ about 3,000 workers.

 

MICROSOFT TO SET UP PRODUCT SALES AND DISTRIBUTION CENTER IN TEGUCIGALPA
Microsoft Corp. of the Redmond, Washington, will invest $70 million in Honduras over the next five years. The company has inaugurated an office in Tegucigalpa and plans to use the new headquarters to sell and distribute its products throughout Central America. It also plans to open similar distribution centers in other Honduran cities. Mauricio Interiano is Microsoft's general manager for Honduras and El Salvador.

 

WFP TO DONATE FOOD FOR 240,000 PEOPLE IN HONDURAS
The United Nations World Food  Program (WFP) approved $66 million in food aid for Central America to aid 690,000 people hard hit by droughts and falling coffee prices. The donation will assist 240,000 people in Honduras, 200,000 in Guatemala, 150,000 in Nicaragua, and 100,000 in El Salvador. The operation would start in March 2003 and cover a three-year period.

 

WFP DONATES 85 TONS OF FOOD FOR CHILDREN IN CHOLUTECA, LEMPIRA, INTIBUCA AND EL PARAISO
The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) will donate more than 85 metric tons of food to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to help feed more than 550 malnourished children in the departments of Choluteca, Lempira, Intibucá, and El Paraíso for 120 days.

 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BUILDING FOUR HOUSES FOR FAMILIES IN TEGUCIGALPA
Habitat for Humanity International of Americus, Georgia, this week began building four houses for families in the Modesto Rodas Alvarado neighborhood of Tegucigalpa. The volunteer organization has thus far completed 2,700 family homes in Honduras.

 

WFP TO DONATE 500 TONS OF FOOD TO COFFEE GROWING FAMILIES AFFECTED BY THE DROUGHT
The United Nations World Food Program
(WFP) will donate 500 metric tons of food, valued at Lps4.5 million ($273,000), to families of coffee farmers in the departments of Ocotepeque, El Paraíso, Lempira, and Olancho. The coffee crop in these four departments has been seriously hurt by drought. Some 6,000 in 18 communities will benefit from the aid.

 

WFP TO DELIVER 650 TONS OF FOOD TO SOUTHERN HONDURAS
The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in Honduras is delivering emergency food rations to 16,400 families, mainly in the departments of Choluteca, Valle, Francisco Morazán, and El Paraíso. This month, some 650 metric tons of food are being distributed as part of the agency's $357,000 emergency operation in Honduras. 150 tonnes are destined for children under the age of five and lactating women, while 500 metric tons will go to adults engaged in food for work activities such as building water reserves. WFP Honduras already provides school feeding in the region for more than 70,000 school kids.

 

AIRPORT AT COPAN RUINAS TO BE COMPLETED THIS YEAR
A group of private investors from Copan are providing Lps2 million ($118,000) to fund construction of a small airport in the village of La Estanzuela, about five kilometers from Copan Ruinas. The airport, planned for completion by October-November 2002, would have a simple terminal for passengers and a control tower. Its unpave runway, which would measure 1,200 meters long by 30 meters wide, would be able to accommodate aircraft with a capacity for 20-30 passengers. Ultimately, a larger airport with a paved runway would be built in nearby Rio Amarillo.  A 4-6 month feasibility study is planned for that project.

 

HONDURAS OWES $98 MILLION IN DEBT SERVICE PAYMENTS IN 2002
The Government of Honduras is scheduled to make $98 million in debt service payments to various international creditors this year. Part to that sum will be pardoned as part of the Highly Indebted Poor Countries initiative of the World Bank.

 

JAPAN DONATES ENDOSCOPY EQUIPMENT TO HOSPITAL ESCUELA
The Government of Japan donated endoscopy equipment to the Hospital Escuela in Tegucigalpa. The contact for this donation at the hospital is Dr. Ingrid Delcid.

 

WFP TO DONATE 1,500 TONS OF FOOD AID TO DROUGHT VICTIMS
The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) will donate about 1,500 metric tons of food to Honduras to help feed some 16,400 families suffering from hunger due to the loss of crops as a result of the current drought. The aid, valued at $800,000, will be distributed in various communities within the departments of Choluteca, Valle, Francisco Morazán, and El Paraíso. Individual rations of food will consist of 60 grams of corn, 60 grams of black beans, 30 grams of rice, and 15 grams of cooking oil.

 

MEXICO SENDS MEDICAL TEAM AND FUMIGATION VEHICLES TO COMBAT DENGUE
The Government of Mexico sent a medical team to Honduras, along with 12 fumigation vehicles, to help combat the dengue epidemic.

 

CUBA SENDS 70 HEALTH CARE TECHNICIANS AND EQUIPMENT TO COMBAT DENGUE EPIDEMIC
The Government of Cuba is providing 70 health care technicians to Honduras to help combat the dengue epidemic. The technicians brought with them 75 thermonebulizor machines, valued at $10,000 each. The team is also donating insecticide, abate, and five laboratory microanalysis units, valued at $60,000 each.

 

GERMANY AND FRANCE DONATE 20 THERMONEBULIZORS TO COMBAT DENGUE EPIDEMIC
The Government of Germany donated 16 thermonebulizor machines to Honduras to help combat the dengue epidemic in the country. The total value of the machines is Lps400,000 ($24,250). The Government of France donated another four machines, worth Lps100,000 ($6,060). The machines will be used primarily in San Pedro Sula, Comayagua, and Tegucigalpa.

 

TAIWAN TO DONATE NEBULIZERS AND INSECTICIDE TO COMBAT DENGUE EPIDEMIC
The
Government of Taiwan will donate four nebulizer machines and 1,000 kilograms of the chemical insecticide Deltametrine to Honduras to help combat the dengue epidemic in the country. The donation, which is worth about Lps1 million ($60,600), is expected to be delivered within two weeks.

 
 

 
 

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