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Week of 3.5.07

Students in Action

Project Pericles

About Project Pericles

Project Pericles is a national not-for-profit organization of colleges and universities committed to making social responsibility and participatory citizenship an essential part of their education programs, in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community. NOW and Project Pericles have joined forces to share and lift up the students' missions to improve the world and expand their understanding of it.

Fighting Hunger in Honduras

View a slide show of the Honduran Mission
View a video postcard (Quicktime) and slideshow of the Honduran mission
Around 30 million people die of hunger every year—more than from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined—and another 800 million people worldwide are malnourished. While hunger occurs in all nations around the world, most of the hungry live in underdeveloped countries. Latin America alone is home to 53 million hungry and malnourished people, 1.4 million of whom are Honduran malnourished children under five years old.

The Periclean Scholars Class of 2007 at North Carolina's Elon University took action by
traveling to Honduras to develop the pediatric and educational wards of the Mario Catarino Rivas Hospital in San Pedro Sula. While there, they worked with orphaned, abandoned and abused children in Nuevo Paraiso and Flor Azul and endeavored to promote awareness of malnutrition in Honduras and provide workable solutions.

The project was first conceived in the Spring of 2005. By June 2006, students had raised $6,400 to complete the hospital facility. In August 2006, Class Mentor Dr. Jim Brown, two students, and a university video producer traveled to San Pedro Sula to discuss final arrangements for the construction of a new kitchen with the hospital administrators. While there, they also gathered footage for both a video postcard describing the project, and a longer documentary addressing the issue of malnutrition in Honduras.

In January 2007, seven Periclean Scholars returned to Honduras with Dr. Brown where they attended the official dedication and opening of the new kitchen. They also carried out a variety of service projects in the hospital. After spending several days in San Pedro Sula, the class proceeded to Nuevo Paraiso where they worked with abandoned, abused and orphaned children and teenagers in projects sponsored by the Hope for Honduran Children Foundation. To complete the effort, the class will help sponsor a Hunger Awareness Week on campus in Spring 2007, during which they'll show their documentary and share their experiences working in Honduras.

Student Experience Journals

Emily Aker Emily Aker: "I found myself praying silently that I wouldn't be nauseous and I would stay strong enough to face these kids and find nothing but love in my heart for them and their situations." Read More »

Jennifer De Simone Jennifer De Simone: "What is so shocking is that the cycle of malnutrition, which is at the base of so many problems, is not being broken" Read More »

Kelly Lawrence Kelly Lawrence: "At first I was taken aback when I saw a mother walking along the street with her children, carrying a rifle. By the end of the trip, it didn't faze me." Read More »

For more information about Elon University's program, contact Dr. Jim Brown

Periclean Scholars Class of 2007 at Elon University

For more information about Project Pericles, contact Executive Director Jan Liss

Project Pericles

More on Relief Efforts in Honduras

» Save the Children: Honduras

» US AID: Honduras

» Honduras Relief Effort