2014 Do Good Challenge winners Sagar Doshi and Anderson Sloan recently founded One Thousand Schools, a new organization that brings together young professionals for one-week long service trips to Honduras to build or expand schools for communities in need. In February, One Thousand Schools, with partner Students Helping Honduras, took 14 young professionals to Honduras for a school building project.
During the trip, volunteers traded in their laptops and emails for a week of learning, building, and growing. This trip focused on building Rosa Maria Botto Middle School – a three classroom building structure to support 260 students from primary school to secondary school. Volunteers also discussed sustainable impact and gang violence in Honduras and spent time with the students and the community.
Rosa Maria Botto Middle School is located in the community of Tres Reyes within El Progreso, Honduras. There was no middle school in this community for these children to continue their education after primary school. With school dropout rates already an issue area in Honduras, having no middle school in close proximity put these students at risk of not having the means to continue their education. By building Rosa Maria Botto Middle School, One Thousand Schools aims to provide space for these students to combat cycles of poverty and gang violence through education.
Volunteers were thankful for the opportunity to do good in the community by doing something of high impact, working outside of their comfort zone, and gaining appreciation for their own lifestyles.
The mission of One Thousand Schools is to create impact on children and school communities for generations. This venture will create change in communities by building schools one at a time. For more information on One Thousand Schools, including information on the recent trip to Rosa Maria Botto Middle School, click here.