shelter for honduras
jack melvin aia . architect . sams missionary
Housing & community development. Build affordable, quality housing for qualified low income Honduran families of any faith.  These projects  will be guided by the principles of mixed use, green areas and common amenities to develop viable, integrated neighborhood communities. They will seek to promote health, sustainability, community and spirituality for the residents. They will also employ Honduran craftsmen for the work.  One project, Santa Maria de Los Angeles, a 120 unit project, located near the capital city, Tegucigalpa, is awaiting permits.

Architectural design & construction consultation. Provide design concepts, drawings and construction advice  for other projects, such as churches, clinics, schools and community buildings.  Two examples are the Esperanza Chapel, designed for Hope of Jesus Children's Home, in Esperanza de Cortes, and the Most Holy Trinity Church, in La Ceiba.

Health & the built environment.  Assist home owners with basic renovations to eliminate health problems, associated with poor physical environment, such as indoor air quality, insect screens,  concrete floors, sanitation and water quality.

Support of the local church.  Develop projects under the leadership of the Episcopal Church of Honduras and its development corporation, Aanglidesh (Agencia Anglicana para Desarrollo de Honduras). Also, be supportive of the work of other Christians, regardless of denomination.

Ministry of Presence. Respond to needs, as the Spirit calls, such as assisting with medical bills, providing computers for young people, buying food  for the hungry and just being present in people's lives. In the words of St Francis, "Preach the Gospel always and when necessary use words."



mission
Honduras is the 3rd poorest country in the Americas with 65% of the population living below the poverty line.  At this level of income, many Hondurans are forced to squat illegally on land and piece together crude shelters out of adobe and discarded junk. The quality of housing is so poor that families are exposed to many physical illnesses, such lung problems, hook worm, dengue fever and other tropical diseases.
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