Our story

 

We started as an idea. A seed. 

Then we grew (and grew, and grew).

In 2006, a connection was born between two Washington DC service trip participants and town of Trinidad, Honduras  and nearby communities in the Department of Santa Barbara.    Led by Roy Lara, a Honduran agronomist, teens planted trees in Trinidad, and teens and adults climbed steep slopes to plant trees in the mountains. The participants came back talking about Roy's commitment getting to these communities by thumbing a ride on trucks, riding a burro, and the work the communities were willing to undertake to preserve their forests.  Their enthusiasm was contagious.   Churches and individuals organized the Trinidad Conservation Project (TCP) to support the work of reforestation.  In the first year over 15,000 trees were planted.  

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The next step was to look for US non-profit organizations with a Honduran affiliates willing to take in the work of Roy Lara and these committed communities. Fortunately there were two such organizations.   In 2008 TCP partnered with Sustainable Harvest International (SHI) and added agriculture to the forestry already being done.   

Eight years later the families in the TCP communities graduated from SHI program.  In 2015 TCP began a partnership with Groundswell International, and its affiliate, Vecinos Honduras.  The communities continued the agriculture and forestry and alo benefited from Vecino's emphasis on building leadership at the community level, drawing on untapped potential of women and youth.

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In 2017  TCP began the process of becoming an independent non-profit  organization, Sustainable Villages Honduras (SVH).  By mid-year In TCP was registered as  independent organization.  Two months later , SVH applied to the IRS for tax-exempt status.  See Introducing SVH to learn about the current status of SVH.