The SHH Story
What SHH Does
SHH partners with local communities and local governments to build schools where they're needed. We have completed 50 schools so far, impacting 13,935 students. It is our mission mission to build 1,000. This project is the main focus of our chapter's fundraising efforts. Our goal is to completely fund one new school every year—this comes out to roughly $30,000.
The result of a partnership with members of a shanty slum community in Northern Honduras, Villa Soleada was designed to give former residents of Siete de Abril the ability to lift themselves out of generational poverty by comprehensively addressing all of their challenges. 44 families initially moved into the village when construction finished in 2009—gaining access to a water well, electricity, land titles, adequate housing, and a sewage system for the first time. Whereas originally no one from the community was a high school graduate, now almost 100% of children in the community are on track to graduate.
Villa Soleada Bilingual School
The Villa Soleada Bilingual School (VSBS) provides the children of Villa Soleada with access to a quality bilingual education that is typically only available to the wealthy elite. All children from the village are able to attend the school on full scholarships in exchange for sweat equity from their families. Meanwhile, wealthier students from nearby areas can pay approximately $40/month in tuition to attend. The VSBS promises that every one of its graduates will be fully fluent in English, opening the doors for much higher paying jobs.