The International Project Alliance (IPA) is a large collaborative group of Rotary clubs in northwest Washington State, who made a long-term commitment to helping the people of the Copán Ruinas region of western Honduras. Founded in 2014, our projects cover most areas of international aid, including education, health, food and agriculture, water and sanitation, construction, and economic development. Our in country partner is the Club Rotario de Copán Ruinas. The programs we have implemented to date are:
Honduras is the poorest mainland nation in Central America. Most of the indigenous Mayan people of Copán live in mountain villages under conditions of extreme poverty and deprivation. They survive on $1 to $2 per day per capita, much of it earned during the coffee harvest. In spite of this hardship, they have the potential to achieve a better life with our support.
Our annual budget varies between about $150,000 and $250,000, depending on the number of matching grants received. At any time we have at least 30 active projects.
Next year we would like to increase the scale of our operations by 50-100%.
Unlike most non-profits, 100% of donated funds pay for direct project expenses. All overhead activities are performed by volunteers who cover their own expenses.
We currently fund the education of almost 2,000 students from pre-school to university. In February 2019 we opened our sixth new middle school in Mayan villages.
We have built or repaired many classrooms, and we ensure that every school has working toilets and a water supply.
We have supported emergency and medical services such as the Red Cross and a new maternity clinic. We also fund health care for our students.
We initiated a pilot program for economic development in three villages, and early results are very encouraging.
We have built village water systems, and have plans to fund several more.