So far, we are very fortunate to have the collaboration of the Department of Education as well as the Western Honduras Arts & Trade School. In the agricultural component, we are blessed with a very committed agro-industrial engineer who works nights as a professor at the local campus of the national university.
The support we are still seeking is in two forms:
a) We have obtained commitments for a total of $180,000 towards the development of the farm. This development includes a residence for the farm caretaker, the shop / warehouse for the agricultural instruction and the residence for the program participants. This still leaves us $120,000 yet to find to complete the commitments required to complete construction.
b) 175 people or groups to sponsor the students for $35 per month; we anticipate the annual operating budget for 2010 will be $99,900.
See the budget page to determine where these dollars go. One thing the budget page does not show, is that operationally, the second highest expense is food-- an expense that we will be seeking to reduce significantly through our own produce from the farm.