The National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) has a campus in La Ceiba, Centro Universitario Regional del Litoral Atlántico (UNAH-CURLA). UNAH-CURLA facilitates the Program de Desarrollo Rural, a program that supports the rural communities of the Atlántida region of Honduras in reducing poverty. Through this established program, Village Partners Project in Honduras will provide resources that will effectively and sustainably strengthen Embarcadero.

Village Partners Project in Honduras will accomplish sustainable and duplicable improvements of the family living conditions in Embarcadero through community-driven, long-term planning for healthy community stabilization and development. Using dialogue, training and an infusion of funding to UNAH-CURLA students and faculty, VPP will empower the people of Atlántida with the skills and abilities that will produce stable families and stable communities. Together, villagers, students and faculty will apply disciplinary knowledge to arrive at community solutions and then dialogue on this organizing model and its reproduction on a regional and global scale.

Jewell and UNAH-CURLA objectives closely model the United Nations’ millennium development goals. The Secretary-General lists eight areas of focus necessary for global improvement: ending poverty and hunger, universal access to education, gender equality, child health, maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, environmental sustainability and global partnerships. The global partnership formed by Jewell and UNAH-CURLA will have an impact on each of these core goals and a significant impact on the areas of poverty, child and maternal health, gender equality, and environmental sustainability. This awareness for global priorities as endorsed by the United Nations is affirmation of the objectives, processes and methods that VPP employs.