Proyecto Aldea Global started its work in 1983 in response to urgent social and economic needs in the rural areas of Honduras. Founded by Chet Thomas and Ellsworth Culver, PAG’s programs started by focusing on developing a local human infrastructure of communities who would become the future leaders in promoting agricultural, health, and social outreach model programs focusing on family and community development to overcome poverty and injustice. Intertwined throughout PAG’s programs is a focus on social justice, a strong Christian commitment and responsibility to the poor who have no voice.
Starting in 12 villages in Central Honduras, PAG initiated literacy, community health care/child survival, and family-based agricultural development, including food security projects. . Later low cost housing was added, installation of community potable water supplies and then, cash crop diversification. Programming eventually expanded further into micro-credit enterprise development, domestic violence prevention, strengthening of communities and municipal governments, rural road construction, management of watersheds, HIV-AIDS education activities, public education and agro-industrial development in more than 500 communities located in the southern part of Cortes, northern part of Comayagua, Belén Gualcho, Ocotepeque and northern Lempira counties (Western Honduras).
This gradual growth and diversification of programming is a direct result of PAG’s commitment to a holistic approach to development work, as opposed to focusing all of its efforts and resources in one area. Having established a lasting presence in some communities for more than three decades, PAG has developed strong relationships and much credibility with community leaders and local governments alike. The strong emphasis on local sustainability has produced model programs in community health-care, agro industrial development and micro business development and credit that have been recognized by world development organizations.
Throughout its 35-year history, PAG has been supported by grants and donations from international development agencies, international charitable foundations, churches, and thousands of individuals.
Since December 2018 and most of 2019, rural areas of Honduras have been hit with drought conditions that are affecting thousands of rural families, especially small farmers who depend on their corn and bean crops for food and income. Coffee farm producers & workers are struggling as well because of the low price of the coffee bean in the global market and climatic change. Water supplies for the larger cities are running low also as the drought season is affecting the health of the population. Honduras continues to face high levels of poverty, inequality, and violence. These and many other difficulties are the reasons why thousands of families have joined the “migrant caravans” to travel by foot to the Mexican/U.S. border in search for better opportunities and a better quality of life. Honduras faces many challenges and it will take years of hard work to correct the many social and economic problems we face. Nevertheless, many poor families have hope that their country and their lives will improve with God´s help and we believe He will help us!
Resolving the needs of the very poor in Honduras has been PAG´s highest priority since 1984. In the thirty-six years of development work, we have seen positive changes in families and communities. I invite you to read about our work and the testimonies of families whose lives have changed for the better through these programs. Yet, a great percentage of the rural and urban population continues to live at poverty levels and so our work continues, in perhaps, the poorest country in Central America.
Together with our Honduran brothers & sisters, we give thanks to God and to our committed donors and friends for your support and faithful prayers over these many years. Though there are many challenges and obstacles, we continue to put our trust in God who is the sustainer of all things and the One who guides our steps (Heb 1:3,4). May God continue to bless you and the work we do together to care for our neighbors in Honduras.
Our most sincere thanks!
Over the years, Proyecto Aldea Global has been recognized for its great work and dedication in solving the needs of the poorest in Honduras to improve the well-being of families, promoting local sustainability in the communities where their development programs operate.
2016 Quetglas Awards – The Vincentian Social Works Foundation (OSOVI) gave Chester Thomas, executive director and founder of PAG, the 2016 Quetglas Award for his social career in favor of less favored people living in areas of high poverty, who with his actions has made a difference in the lives of many Hondurans since 1974.
2016 Copan Tourism Award – The Honduran National Chamber of Tourism and the Honduran Institute of Tourism awarded the 2016 National Tourism Award, which is the highest national award for promoting tourism in Honduras, to Proyecto Aldea Global (PAG) and its hotel PANACAM Lodge. The profits from PANACAM Lodge Hotel is used to cover the park’s expenses so that it will be sustainable economically in the future.
2009 National Environment Award – Project Global Village was awarded the highest environmental award in the institutional category. Prize conferred to PAG for its magnificent work in the conservation of the natural resources of PANACAM park.
2006 Latin American Health Award – The Panamerican Health Organization (PAHO) awarded PAG the Latin American Health Prize valuing the work of its Community Health Program, specifically it’s Comprehensive Care of the Newborn Child (AIN-C) component. PAG was selected amongst all Latin American countries to receive this award.
2006 Environment Award – PAG was awarded second place in the 2006 National Environment Award.