Hope for a Healthier Humanity (HHH) is a non-denominational charity (501c3), founded in 2001, striving to help the nations of Latin America achieve and sustain improved health, nutrition, sanitation and overall well-being. Actively serving hundreds of vulnerable communities through El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, HHH enjoys legal operating status in seven countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.
HHH has a robust volunteer model in order to achieve its objectives. Local inhabitants of vulnerable communities receive both training and the resources and materials they need to substantially improve the standards of health and nutrition where they live. Each volunteer serves between ten and twenty families, committing to visit each family at least twice a month. Hundreds of these volunteers, operating in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico serve thousands of children, pregnant women and families.
Wherever possible, HHH works with local communities in Central America to construct or improve water delivery, water storage, and sanitation facilities in rural zones. The lack of clean and portable water keeps people from realising their potential.
HHH finances opportunities for education and employment, focusing on the at-risk youth. From literacy classes to job training, HHH works with communities, individuals and other organisations to spur personal growth and local capacity.
As a primarily a volunteer organisation, HHH employs only a handful of employees in the United States. It relies on local nationals and community engagement to design and manage programmes, focusing on the needs identified by communities themselves.
Support from ICAP has enabled Hope for a Healthier Humanity to maintain and expand its efforts in supporting the health and nutrition of children and pregnant women in Central America. Most recently, ICAP support has been used to employ a set of strategies to feed the children of rural zones of Chimaltenango, Guatemala, including local vegetable gardens, chicken farming and expanding local volunteer networks. Hit hard by the pandemic, as well as a set of devastating storms over the past year, many families have had to adapt a great deal to continue to put enough food on the table. HHH, with ICAP’s help, has been working to supplement the nutrition of these families during times of particular stress.
I want to take this opportunity to thank ICAP Charity Day for the support they provided to the families of Guatemala with the implementation of family gardens in this difficult time of the pandemic. On behalf of all the families who benefited, a thousand thanks, since they are very grateful for the programme and because of the opportunity to have their own gardens in their homes. During this time the people stopped buying their vegetables, but they still managed to get their greens and save money.Angel Chali, HHH project supervisor, Chimaltenango Department, Guatemala
Through its volunteer model, HHH achieves meaningful results with a very small margin of organisational overhead. Independently certified audits confirm that 97% of HHH’s income is directed to programme expenditures.
For this reason, its activities are highly scalable, and can easily expand into any zone where there is need coupled with the desire to make things better. With the required resources to provide material support and cross-country operational integration, it is not difficult to expand the network of volunteers and beneficiaries.