CAMO believes that holistic health includes living in a healthy environment. Since 2004, CAMO has partnered with Honduran city leaders to fill gaps in the community and improve quality of life. With CAMO’s initiatives and involvement, the city of Santa Rosa de Copán now offers structured environments that promote positive change. Instead of falling into violent street life, youth take advantage of healthy activities at the community gym, enrich their artistic creativity at the cultural center, and learn valuable skills at the trade school. Children receive a safe, nutritious head start at the public daycare center. CAMO also built and continues to operate a domestic violence shelter for women and children. This shelter offers intervention programming and provides a safe haven for families in need.
Today, Santa Rosa de Copán is safer* in terms of violence than many large U.S. cities. (*based on death rate due to violence as reported by Honduran law enforcement, 2014). Further, the 2014 CAMO-built public health center and public hospital in Santa Rosa de Copán is now recognized as the model design for all future public health centers in Honduras.
CAMO’s assistance ensures the forward progression of the systems, structures and services in Western Honduras. Without CAMO, those systems would remain limited or would collapse. CAMO continues to the fill the gaps for institutions serving the very poor.