APROCOLA was initially created to facilitate Canadian foreign aid in 3CM's project to develop a youth center in Santa Rosa de Copán in 2000. A truly international board of directors was selected that involved members from Honduras, Nicaragua, Argentina, Mexico and Canada.
In the early stages, we were also involved in building houses somewhat similar to those in Tijuana, but this time out of concrete, and were committed to assisting a local church in San Pedor Sula (SPS) in their efforts to provide emergency housing to families that had lost everything in Hurrican Mitch. The youth center remained our focus through to the end of 2005. This center provides classes in English, sewing, cooking, dance, theater, art and of course -- the ever present football program.
Through collaboration with 3CM and volunteers who had resources and the hearts to share them, APROCOLA developed an involvement in medical projects focussed on a neighbouring municipality called San Juan de Opoa. The medical focus evolved into a water focus as a more efficient use of our resources to attack an extremely significant cause of illness in rural Honduras.
At the end of 2005, we initiated a significant shift in our focus. In our desire to develop sustainable impact on the development of our communities in Honduras, we began developing a program called The Moses Project. This program provides 3 years of intense training in residence to selected rural youth who are then be empowered and assisted to play key roles in leading the development in their communities.
APROCOLA did not abandon the youth center, the medical programs, nor the water efforts. We are, however, seeking to integrate them into The Moses Project in our effort to generate the largest return (in terms of sustainable development) for our investment (in terms of dollars and hours).