#MeWeIntl Latin America Programs began in Honduras in 2018 with the support of ‘The Collaboratory’, part of the State Department’s Education and Cultural Affairs Bureau.
The initial pilot began as a direct service community training of 4 days for more than 24 Honduran youth leaders from Porgreso and San Pedro Sula. As a result of the program, youth leaders were able to, for the first time, understand the connection between communication and mental health, and communication and behavioral change. Many shared their stories and perspectives about how migration, inequality, and poverty are impacting their lives. Many of the 24 Honduran youth leaders from the 2018 pilot went on to lead their own #MeWeHonduras community sessions, reaching more than 100 people in their own communities, peer to peer.
The impacts from the direct service pilots in 2018 have carried over into today, thanks to local artists and leaders like Absalon who helped launch #MeWeHonduras in 2018 and continues to lead #MeWeHonduras in his community today. Since 2019, #MeWeIntl continues to engage local partners and train new groups of Honduran trainers with the #MeWeIntl methodology and tools where communications and narrative interventions support individual mental health, agency, and community change. As of 2021, more than 9 Honduran community trainers are now leading #MeWeHonduras virtually and in-person to hundreds of more youth and caregivers in Progreso and San Pedro Sula, thanks to funding from Community Arts Labs and Quiet.
#MeWeIntl is honored to continue the growth and innovation of the program with partners, Fundación Honduras Social and Organization for Youth Empowerment (OYE).
#MeWeIntl continues cultivating its partnerships with the goal of transitioning #MeWeHonduras to community ownership by 2023 with its youth leaders.
Since 2018, #MeWeIntl has funded more than 20,000 USD to partners and community organizations in Honduras.