- Sara Beatriz MartínezSara had more than eight years working at the Women’s Integral Development Association (AFDI) when she was selected as a GOJoven Fellow in 2011. She began her work at AFDI as a member, then with a position as treasurer, and is now the president and legal representative of the organization. Sara also...
Database: GOJoven Honduras
July 9, 2018 – Honduras
Here at GOJoven International we are profoundly sad to learn of the tragic death of our dear colleague and GOJoven Alumni Fellow, Octaciano (Chano) Banegas Galeas. Chano passed away on June 30, 2018, during the treacherous journey from Honduras in search of a better life for himself and his family.
Chano came from the small town of Tocoa, Colón, on the Atlantic coast of Honduras. In 2009 he became a Fellow of the Public Health Institute’s Youth Leadership in Sexual and Reproductive Health Program (GOJoven International), joining alongside his peers from Belize, Mexico and Guatemala. During his fellowship, Chano designed and implemented the Leadership Action Plan (LAP) called “Pienso, Siento y Actúo, Colón” with the other young leaders on the Atlantic coast. Their project increased the knowledge of local youth and reduced the rate of teenage pregnancies in the intervention area. They trained 500 young people in sexual and reproductive health issues, and as a result no adolescent pregnancies were registered in any of the target communities during the LAP implementation. In 2013, together with other Fellows from the GOJoven Program, Chano founded the GOJoven Honduras Association and was part of the organization’s first Board of Directors (2013-2015). After finishing his term, he remained an active member of the organization’s General Assembly until today.
His academic background was in Business Administration and Management and Social Development. He actively participated in numerous social projects in Tocoa, including an environmentalist student group organized by the International Municipal Environmentalists, as well as a program that designed and implemented housing for the elderly, and the World Doctors. He proved to be an excellent young leader who worked for several non-governmental organizations in support of the health and economic wellbeing of women, youth, children and men; including the Adelante Foundation and its mission of empowering female entrepreneurs with the opportunity to obtain economic independence and self-sustainability through small business and education loans. He also worked at the Wánigu Organization – “Our People” in the Garífuna language – a business initiative that provides financial support and the opportunity to achieve a better quality of life to families that in turn promote the generation of financial, social and cultural assets. In his role as Wánigu’s Credit Officer, Chano supported the delivery of credit service projects in the Atlantic Coast of Honduras and the Department of Atlántida.
We always admired the energy, dedication and commitment shown by Chano to the people of his community with limited opportunities, including the Garifuna population, women, and young people and children. He was a talented young leader with a sense of curiosity and adventure; and wanted to do his part to transform his community, his society, his country and the region. It pains us to learn that, despite all his achievements and his deep commitment to his country, he faced the need to migrate to the United States to improve his economic opportunities and help support his family, and he tragically died in this dangerous trip.
We express our indignation with the persistent economic and social inequalities that deeply divide the United States and Central America, as well as our rejection of unjust U.S. economic and immigration laws and policies that contribute to these types of tragedies, predominantly affecting youth and families who migrate in search of a better future. With the premature death of Chano, the GOJoven family has lost a wonderful colleague, friend and leader. We will never forget him, and we will continue to work in his name to improve living conditions and economic and leadership opportunities for Honduran youth, women, children and men.
Rest in peace. We love you very much, Chano.
~Esther, Josie, Denise, Susanna, Angel, Julie and all the GOJoven Fellows from Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and Belize.
In order to help Chano’s family with the exorbitant cost of returning his body home to Honduras, we have started a GoFundMe campaign and would appreciate any and all donations. The money raised will help Chano’s family pay off the bank debt they incurred to bring his body home and pay him homage over the last three months, as well as help his wife and four-year-old son to cover basic expenses as they recover from their loss. Thank you very much, on behalf of Chano’s family and community, for your generosity and support.
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Starting in January 2014, GOJoven Honduras and local youth association AJEM will partner to reduce the transmission of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STI) among youth who have sex with same-sex partners, including transexual, transgender, transvestite and bisexual.
This yearlong initiative, funded by USAID through the Secretary of Public Health in Honduras, will offer both education and resources, including training, counseling and testing, to youth in the coastal region of Atlantida and the urban core of capital city Tegucigalpa.
During the next year, GOJoven Honduras and AJEM will train and mobilize 800 youth to act as leaders in the fight to reduce the transmission of HIV and STIs. Once trained, these 800 leaders will be responsible for informing 1600 more youth on how to prevent the spread of HIV and STIs.
Of the initial 800 to receive training, 40 will be selected to develop and participate in 40 events throughout 2014. More than 5,000 youth seeking information and resources are expected to attend. At these events, GOJoven and AJEM expect to offer 1,000 youth HIV/STI testing and distribute more than 50,000 condoms.
Honduras has the second highest rate of HIV infections in Central America. The areas of Atlantida and Tegucigalpa were selected as focus areas for HIV Prevention work based on high incidences of infection and lack of information and resources specifically targeting youth who have sex with same-sex partners, including transexual, transgender, transvestite and bisexual.
If you would like to support GOJoven Honduras in their work to deliver HIV Prevention education and resources to youth in Tegucigalpa and Atlantida, you can make a contribution here.
Public transportation users and bus drivers on the Colonia Campo Cielo route in Tegucigalpa, Honduras are getting a message – violence against women is unacceptable and needs to stop. The message is being spread through trainings and installations on local buses that will run the entire month of December.
The youth-led campaign, spearheaded by GOJoven Honduras, in partnership with local transportation company EMTRUICA Honduras, aims to put an end to violence against women by encouraging people to report sexual harassment and domestic violence.
This local campaign coincides with “16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence”, an international campaign that runs from November 25th to December 10th that calls on individuals and groups around the world to act to end all forms of violence against women and girls.
To begin the campaign, GOJoven Honduras provided 125 drivers and administrative staff of EMTRUICA Honduras with training workshops on domestic violence and conflict resolution. Part of the trainings included youth sharing their personal experiences of dealing with gender-based violence through a collection of short videos known as the GOJoven Digital Stories.
To signify their commitment to addressing violence against women, transportation operators have adopted the phrase: “We Are Not Part of the Problem, We Are Part of the Solution”. One day a week, these operators identify themselves as active supporters of the campaign by wearing a purple uniform, purple being the color used internationally in campaigns to end violence against women.
Prior to beginning the month-long campaign, GOJoven Honduras completed a baseline study to assess the perceptions of transportation users and drivers around gender-based violence. The results of this study will be used to assess perceived changes as a result of the campaign. Stay tuned for more information on the results!
To support these youth in their efforts to end violence against women, make a contribution here.