Baptisternes Børne- og Ungdomsforbund (BBU) and Amor Christiano International de Tegucigalpa (ACIT)/Orphanage Emmanuel in Honduras has been in partnership since 2009 with support from Dansk Youth Council (DUF).
In the 4 years the partnership has been running it has involved a pilot project, an ongoing partnership project ”BBU-ACIT Community Project – building leaders to change the society”, establishment of a youth Community Center, two youth leader exchanges has taking place, an information tour in Denmark and a partnership development conference has been some of the things we have been doing.
The Youth Community and Transition Project addresses the challenges that youth at Emmanuel face as they re-integrate into society after a short- or long-term stay at Emmanuel. The project aims to strengthen the relationships between Emmanuel, the local community of Guaimaca, and other organizations facing the same challenges. It also prepares the Emmanuel youth to take responsibility for their own lives and participate successfully as members of the Honduran society.
We will be doing a lot of networking activities with other organizations as well as life skills and leadership training for the youth. Project management training will also be provided. This will include the youth personally designing, budgeting for, and completing mini-projects both here in Emmanuel as well as in the local community. These mini-projects will address areas such as youth life, health, democracy, sports, and the environment.
We also have an intensive transition program, where youth will be divided into small groups and prepared to leave Emmanuel and begin a successful life outside of the orphanage. Each small group will include 12-15 youth and run for 45 days at a time. The youth will receive training in writing of resumé, finding a job, self-esteem, self-respect, culture, history, budgeting, and travel within Honduras.
Youth 13 years and older will be involved in workshops about adult life, sexuality, economy, gangs, religion, and democracy among others topics. These workshops will prepare the youth for beginning the intensive transition training program.