Honduras: Asociación de Organismos No Gubernamentales (ASONOG)

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Honduras: Asociación de Organismos No Gubernamentales (ASONOG)

Asociación de Organismos No Gubernamentales (ASONOG) emerged in the mid 80′s as an initiative to coordinate the efforts of a group of organizations working with refugee populations in the Western border areas of Honduras. Today, they are a permanent network of civil society organizations who work collaboratively for the execution of programs and projects.

ASONOG is a private social service that is supportive, non-profit and pluralistic, with a presence in the territory of the Republic of Honduras, but with emphasis on border areas of the Western Region of the country. The organization works in development and for the strengthening of sustainable processes for the benefit of the country’s most vulnerable population. Its major areas of work are: gender equity, advocacy, empowerment and participation, and knowledge management.

In partnership with Canada World Youth

CWY and ASONOG work in partnership through the Youth Leaders in Action and the Global Learner programs. The partnership between CWY and ASONOG works to address the needs of the participating families with regards to malnutrition, diseases and illnesses caused by water and environmental pollution in the communities of Belén and Gracias.

A model of behavioural change with groups and families in the community has been developed to empower the people on issues such as: nutrition, hygiene and sanitation. This is done through experiential methods of outreach and engagement, with a focus on training community-based facilitators. By doing this, CWY and ASONOG are supporting the development of small scale food production, life skills that enable families to produce nutritious, culturally relevant food, as well as foster positive attitudes for self-care, hygiene and sanitation.

Results:

Education and outreach

  • Increased the reach and relevance of its activities, including developing and validating educational materials related to food security, health and hygiene and reproductive health with a gender component.
  • Adapted outreach and educational materials to different populations and strengthening expertise in adult education
  • Increased capacity of community members, as health promoters, to facilitate workshops with community members

Youth Engagement

  • Provided space for youth to get involved in community development
  • Increased capacity for revenue generation and knowledge on small business development through a start up, for-profit chicken farm.
  • Increased awareness on the principles of green farming, and socially minded business models
  • Increased number of potential partners for youth including the creation of youth foundation called Fundación social juvenile, to create partnerships and support different youth initiatives – including. The focus of Fundación social juvenile on youth development and empowerment by offering consulting services that focus on project management, gender equity, prevention of gender-based violence, and prevention of HIV/AIDS

Institutional Capacity Building

  • Greater focus given to the organisational strategic plan, strengthening both internal and external capacities
  • Prioritized organizational capacity building, further elaborating local development processes with the participation of member organizations, resulting in the implementation of innovative initiatives that can be replicable in other parts of the country.
  • Upgraded IT and communications equipment
  • Emphasis on investment in the management capacities of member organizations and board of directors through workshops provided on management techniques, planning and evaluation, as well as an exchanges of best practices through member workshops and fairs.
  • Increased knowledge on new international cooperation models and on activities geared towards the research of financial resources and opportunities for institutional sustainability
  • Greater emphasis on capacity building and planning at the local level, including an increased capacity for greater citizen participation and engagement

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