Conference on Honduras 2003 to be Held in Copan Ruins
Projecthonduras.com recently announced that its fourth annual Conference
on Honduras which will take place in Copan Ruins, Honduras, on October
24-26, 2003. The event will bring together individuals representing
non-governmental organizations (NGOs), companies, churches, universities,
and governments, as well as themselves to exchange information on
education, healthcare, and community building projects designed to
help the people of Honduras.
"The Conference on Honduras has reached a level of maturity
now", said Marco Caceres, cofounder of projecthonduras.com. "We
have successfully completed three of these conferences in Washington,
DC and have developed a significant following, a workable format,
and a philosophical purpose for the event. We are averaging 110 representatives
from more than 60 organizations per year."
The growth of the conference has convinced planners that it is time
to stage the event in Honduras and try to attract more of a following
within the Honduran community. The town of Copan Ruins was selected
as this year's site because of its charm, its cultural history, its
relative proximity to the international airport in San Pedro Sula,
and its excellent conference center and lodging facilities.
"We want to establish a physical presence in Honduras, plant
a seed there and see how things develop", said Caceres. "We
need to include more Hondurans in the conference to balance out the
many North Americans that are active in the movement, and Copan Ruins
just seems like a nice small place to start the process."
The Conference on Honduras series is the third part of projecthonduras.com's
three-step strategic plan to build an Internet-based model of development
for Honduras. During the past five years, the volunteer group has
created an online portal at http://www.projecthonduras.com which serves
as a clearinghouse of information on Honduras and has established
a growing international network of people communicating via listserv
forums on ways to help the country.
"We have more than 2,200 individuals in our Worldwide Honduras
Network, and it's incredible to see the impact many of these private
citizens are quietly making on Honduras," said Caceres. "What
we are trying to do with the conference is simply give people the
chance to meet face-to-face, exchange business cards and information,
and perhaps discover ways to complement each other's efforts."
The concept behind projecthonduras.com and the Conference on Honduras
is based on the belief that developing countries like Honduras need
to tap all of their "human capital"; around the world in
order to break their cycles of poverty and find ways to implement
solutions to persistent problems. The Internet now provides the ability
to quickly and cost-effectively organize masses of people and channel
their experience, talents, and expertise into specific areas of need
in a country.
For further information on the Conference on Honduras 2003, please
or go to our
Conference Webpage . The conference will be presented by Projecthonduras.com
and sponsored by Special
Missions Foundation, Inc