DEBORAH PROGRAM

Fighting against Domestic Violence for the cause of Women and Children

For many years, domestic violence (DV) in Honduras has been increasing and has become a serious obstacle to women in the home, their participation in the labor market and in community development. In 2001, PAG joined together four local municipal governments to address this problem. To date, PAG has opened seven domestic violence offices staffed by community women with offices located inside each local municipal building and has partnered with 27 different civil society organizations that offer services to women in these rough situations. The program was named Deborah, after one of the Jewish counselors mentioned in the Bible.

The Deborah program’s main objectives are:

  • To build capacity among women groups and civil society.
  • To respond “opportunely and effectively” to domestic violence victims.
  • To prevent domestic violence from happening.

The program's main activities include:

  • Family rights trainings.
  • Counseling DV victims.
  • Conflict mediation for couples.
  • Legal guidance in cases such as divorce, property rights, child custody and child support. 
  • Vocational training and small loans for women to development small businesses.

DIAKONOS PROGRAM

Throughout PAG’s target region, Catholic and Protestant Christian churches have little to no involvement in social or development activities.

Since 2004, PAG has implemented a program called DIAKONOS to increase the capacity of local Christian Organizations (COs) to reach out into their communities by implementing community development projects and linking them to spiritual growth. The program focuses on the concept of “Integral Missions” as a way of showing the love of God by meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the community members. The DIAKONOS program works in the municipalities of Siguatepeque, Santa Cruz de Yojoa and Taulabé.

The Diakonos program’s main objectives are:

  • To strengthen COs administrative, monitoring and evaluation capacity.
  • To strengthen COs fundraising capacities.
  • To establish strategic alliances between PAG and other Christian Organizations to implement activities related to community development, HIV education and social aid.