Education

CAMO’s educational services focus on the following areas:

Literacy Program (Rural Schools)

CAMO’s literacy program gathers donated books (written in Spanish) and distributes them to needy rural community schools. To date, CAMO serves 10 rural schools in Honduras, each with an initial library of 100 books. Due to the program’s high success, those schools will be part of a progression program beginning in 2016. They will continue to receive 50 new books at a time until their libraries each reach a stock total of 300 books. After that goal is achieved, CAMO will select additional schools which currently do not have libraries.

IMPACT: Pre- and post-test data shows that students in Honduras who attend schools stocked with books show reading levels 217% higher* than students who attend schools which do not have books. *Pre- and post-tests administered by CAMO Literacy Program.

IMPACT: There are 10 beneficiary schools with libraries and 824 children who are reading at least three hours a week.

IMPACT: Access to reading books for children has allowed an increase in their reading level by 15% compared to children without books.

Clinical Research

Dr. Ricardo Dominguez 
Dr. Douglas Morgan 

The high number of patient deaths in Honduras due to stomach cancer caught CAMO’s attention in 1995. CAMO volunteers saw at least 3 deaths per week due to gastric stomach cancers, which contradicted the nationally reported statistics of 23 deaths per year. A visit with the Ministry of Health confirmed that patients were not receiving pathology reports and therefore were not being documented. From that time forward, CAMO has provided funding for pathology biopsy reports. Based on these findings, an invitation was extended to Dr. Douglas Morgan to conduct gastric cancer research. This research, published by the World Health Organization, reported that Honduras had the highest mortality rate of stomach cancer in the world. In 2008, CAMO provided funding and constructed a modern endoscopy department which now houses the Gastric Cancer Research Program being funded by Vanderbilt University.

IMPACT: Accurate research and data allow CAMO to find solutions to the problem. CAMO also offers preventive education, teaching people to combat the leading triggers of stomach cancer by drinking clean water and taking in enough micronutrients. Early diagnosis and treatment continue to improve the success rate of patient recovery in Honduras.

Leadership Development

Ethel de Jesus 
Cindy Biggs 

Sustainability comes from strength at the core.

To combat the aggressive masculine pride in Honduran culture (“machismo”), and to strengthen oppressed women, CAMO has implemented a training program based on the four concepts of leadership outlined in the book, “Strengths Based Leadership” written by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie.

The course was aimed toward Honduran women who serve as business managers and leaders in the area of health and support and women who are in charge of human resource management.

Initially offered only to women, this course has been so successful in Honduras that men have requested to be included the training as well.

IMPACT: Women leaders are being empowered to address issues in a professional manner of the emotional and sexual abuse in the work place.  

Domestic Violence Awareness

Casa Hogar, the domestic violence women’s shelter in Santa Rosa de Copán provides 24/7 service to prevent deaths caused by domestic violence. Casa Hogar creates a safe place for women to learn about and identify abuse.

Therapy includes:

  • legal support services
  • occupational
  • group therapy
  • training in domestic violence
  • safety planning
  • employment training
  • self-esteem building therapy

Casa Hogar raises 49% of its budget within Honduras. CAMO-USA meets the remaining need. CAMO also works closely with surrounding mayors' offices to provide training in rural communities.

IMPACT: To date, more than 600 women and children have received protection and support services from this shelter.