Walking for Honduras

Walking for Honduras
Feed the Kids, Sponsor the Breakfast Program

Waking up with a hearty and healthy breakfast to energize ourselves for the day to come… it’s a necessary and important element of our daily routine. We need the strength of healthy nutrition to face challenges at work, and our children to perform at school and study hard to pave their way to a promising future... This seems so normal and logical to us, but it isn’t so evident in some other parts of our world. In the slums of Honduras, basic needs such as housing, health, education and nutrition are a luxury only the lucky few can afford.

After a successful HIV relief program on the island of Roatan, Charmont Bilingual Academy was founded to provide the new surviving generation an escape out of the slums. By means of education the young children are granted a chance to escape their current environment shaped by poverty, extreme violence, drugs and child prostitution. The most recent addition to this successful initiative is the breakfast program, to prevent the children from studying on an ever-empty stomach. For 150 dollars 62 kids can have breakfast an entire week!

Money is needed to make this happen, which is why I am Walking for Honduras. The Camino Frances crosses the French Pyrenees into northern Spain and covers almost 900 kilometers… and I’m going to walk it all alone. I know, I’m crazy, but I know what I’m doing it for. Let’s join forces to feed the kids of Honduras in their walk to a brighter future. ​

More about Charmont Bilingual Academy:

Charmont Bilingual Academy  in Roatan was founded by Valerie Nelson, a Canadian social worker who initially set up an HIV-clinic to beat the poignant death rate on the island caused by HIV, providing free testing and medication. Seeing how her initiative saved the lives of many adults and their children, she soon realized a new step had to be taken to improve this new surviving generation’s quality of life and future perspectives, using education as a rescue route out of the slums. The Charmont Bilingual Academy, set up together with the Charmont Family, was an instant success. A sponsor- and donation-based system can facilitate cost-free education to children living in a climate shaped by poverty, violence, drugs and prostitution… offering them a way up and out, right towards a better future. A recent addition to Charmont is the in-school breakfast program (in addition to the already existing in-school lunch provision), launched as soon as the teachers realized the young students had little energy to concentrate in class because they hadn’t eaten… simply because the availability of food isn’t as normal and evident as to most of us. Let’s join forces to energize the children of Charmont in their quest of knowledge and a bright future!

More about Stephanie:

Hi there! I’m Stephanie , and a few lives back I had an existence that could be considered somewhat normal. I had a decent urban apartment, a tranquil relationship, an ordinary job as a hotel manager and every Sunday morning I hung out that week’s laundry while politely nodding to the neighbours. Too normal… way too normal for me! So I stepped out. I quit it all, gave away all my stuff and started traveling the world all alone. 5 years and 66 countries later I’m still on the road, chasing freedom, adventure and a sense of understanding.

Some of these experiences were life changing. They permanently altered my frame of reference, my means of judgement, and the prioritizing of my own life situation. The moment my journey led me to Honduras for a volunteer project at a school aiming to grant HIV-affected children from a poverty-ridden environment a more positive outlook on their future, is one of those key moments on my own personal timeline. 4 years later I still can’t let go of what I’ve seen, heard and, more importantly: felt… still trying to find ways to support in any way possible.

For more info about Charmont Bilingual Academy, background stories of the children and updates live from the Camino de Santiago de Compostela: Check THIS LINK!








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