The bilateral development relationship of Canada and Honduras began in 1969 through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). CIDA is committed to supporting sustainable development, reducing poverty and providing humanitarian assistance to promote a more secure, equitable and prosperous world.
The IDRC is a Canadian Crown corporation created by Parliament in 1970 to assist developing countries by applying science and technology to find practical, long-term solutions to social, economic and environmental problems.
CIDA has been a key donor in the battle to wipe out Chagas’ disease. With support from CIDA, the Government has completed fumigation of 106,000 homes in 81 municipalities at high risk from Chagas’ disease, and has provided medical treatment to some 1,000 persons infected with the illness. Support from CIDA has also permitted the Honduran provinces to begin the World Health Organization process to certify the elimination of the Chagas vector.
CIDA has assisted 40 of the poorest communities to develop strategies against childhood diseases, immunizing up to 88% of their children under the age of two, providing vitamin supplements for children under six months, training persons who assist at deliveries in safe birthing standards, and to develop an active network of community health volunteers, benefitting more than 28,000 persons.
Access to water: The PASOS trilogy:
With assistance from CIDA, more than 50,000 persons along the North Coast of Honduras have seen improved access to quality water and to health services, as well as an improvement in the management of these services through projects implemented by CARE Ca him and nada.
Education for All (EFA):
Through CIDA, Canada’s contribution to the Education for All plan in Honduras has achieved a significant increase in the coverage of pre-basic education (from 44.13% in 2006 to 54% in 2007), a reduction in school drop-out rates (from 2.16% in 2006 to 1.61% in 2007), an increase in graduation from the sixth grade (from 86.7% in 2006 to 93.24% in 2008), and a reduction in the number of classrooms without Spanish (from 21% to 14.5%) or mathematics (from 21.2% to 17.7%) textbooks. In support of the Education for All Plan, Canada has helped increase the quality and effectiveness of teaching by training educators in modern teaching techniques for the new national basic curriculum. CIDA has played a very important role in increasing the harmonization of donors and the Honduran education leadership, through its support of the improvement of the coordination system in the education sector.
Rural Civil Society Group, Making a Difference:
In 2006, the Christian Organization for Integrated Development in Honduras Organización Cristiana para el Desarrollo Integrado en Honduras (OCDIH) presented a project proposal to CFLI Honduras, which would involve building 674 outdoor toilets in Lapaera, Lempira, one of the poorest regions of Honduras. Through the administration of this project, the leaders of local civil society received training in the area of financial administration through the administration of inventories and purchases required for the construction of the toilets. The beneficiaries in the community received training in basic health principles as well as in the use of the toilets. Community members and project partners took part in building the latrines. The municipality coordinated the workforce and offered technical assistance, construction materials and transport to 22 rural communities, which are sometimes difficult to access owing to severe floods, remaining isolated for days or even weeks.
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