About Summit in Honduras
Summit in Honduras is a humanitarian, non-profit 501(c) 3 based in Breckenridge, Colorado.
We provide outreach to impoverished families and children in rural western Honduras. We have been involved in caring for people in these areas since 2005. Our mission includes medical outreach, education, literacy, clean water and construction projects.
We can and do make a difference. We are partnering with small rural towns in the Departments of Copan and Santa Barbara in northwestern Honduras. We are working with the people of these villages, taking our lead from them. Our goal is to walk with them and not before or after them, providing support for sustainable programs.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Katherine Sutherlin-President; Maggie Ducayet-Executive Director; Wally Ducayet-Treasurer; Alex Rae Cooper-Secretary; Greg Wright, Rev. Charlie Brumbaugh, Patricia McShane, M.D.; Mike Minarski; Susan Mocatta; Brad Dickerson
A Little More About Honduras
Honduras is located in Central America, bordered by El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. It has a population of approximately 8,000,000 people. Western Honduras was an important settlement for the Mayans (250-900 A.D.) which built the major city of Copan. Las Runias (ruins) de Copan is now a major tourist destination. Christopher Columbus visited Honduras during his fourth and final voyage to the New World in 1502. Honduras became part of the vast Spanish empire, but gained its independence from Spain in 1821.
The main economy of Honduras is agriculture, including coffee and bananas as its main exports. Education is free throughout Honduras, but many children do not attend school if their families can not afford the required uniforms and books. Nationwide only about 40% of school children finish primary school, but this number is even lower in many rural areas where children are removed from school at a young age to help work in the fields for their families.
Honduras is ranked as the poorest country in Central America and the 3rd poorest country in all of Latin America and the Caribbean combined. The poverty rate in the country increased from 62% in 2011 to 66% in 2012, and the rate of extreme poverty rose to 45% compared to 42% in 2011.
Honduras is a primarily Christian nation, with Roman Catholic being the most dominant faith. While Summit in Honduras was originally founded through St. John’s Episcopal church in Breckenridge, Colorado, our group does not do religious work or evangelize on behalf of any particular faith. Our missions are purely humanitarian, (medical, and educational.)