In 2008 when Blair Quinius was teaching in Copán Ruinas he noticed the need that many children and youth had. Having worked at UrbanPromise Vancouver for about 2 years, and being familiar with the UrbanPromise model, Blair wondered whether such a program would work in this new setting.
After sharing this idea with his friend Matthew Wall they decided to go to Camden New Jersey, the home of the very first UrbanPromise, and speak to its founder, Bruce Main, and to the head of UrbanPromise International to look into the possibility of starting a site in Honduras.
After two months of studying non-profit management they returned to Honduras and launched their pilot program. By March 2009 the UrbanPromise International board voted in UrbanPromise Honduras as their first international site. And with the arrival of Rachel Nelson in June of the same year, the first UP Honduras staff team was formed.
Since its inception, UrbanPromise Honduras has grown and now has two sites running throughout the year and 6 summer camps during vacation times. Currently, we are reaching approximately 250 children and employ over 40 local youth during the course of the year and in the years to come we hope to reach even more.
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