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, 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.
We thank God for each and every one of you for giving of your resources and prayers to help those we serve "to be empowered" in reducing the poverty in which they live, and are learning "to build a more just, peaceful and productive community under Christian values." These are words so easy to read, but here it takes men and women of vision, of courage, of trust in Jesus and each other, to get by each day of their lives. This year we have worked especially hard, fighting to obtain difficult funding to build new houses for the poor in our work areas, which are areas of great need.
We thank each of you for supporting Proyecto Aldea Global in Honduras, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic and then supplying the resources to support rural families affected by Hurricanes Eta & Iota with food, restored access to water, a new or improved house, among many other emergency relief efforts. I admit that my faith was shaky at times, and I wondered if we could afford to do very much to restore these families and the local communities. But as God's children, you quickly responded to His call to share what you could with the most affected families in Honduras.
I sincerely thank you for sharing your abundance with these families who had nothing; most of them did not even know where their next meal was coming from to feed their children. We are amazed at how Jesus has blessed our work all these years, but especially how our meager finances were multiplied this year and as a result, hundreds of Honduran families have hope to begin a new chapter in their lives.
My wife Lizzeth, myself, our staff at PAG, and hundreds of thousands of Honduran brothers and sisters thank you for these many years you have supported our work in Honduras! May God richly “bless you and keep you and make His face shine on you and be gracious to you”. – Numbers 6:24, 25
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 famcol-sm-1ilies, promoting local sustainability in the communities where their development programs operate.
2021 National Human Rights Award – The National Human Rights Commissioner (CONADEH) recognized PAG's DEBORAH Program for its valuable work in carrying out actions to promote, defend and strengthen human rights in Honduras.
2021 30 Wonders of Honduras Bicentenary Edition – The PANACAM National Park, comanaged by PAG, was selected as one of the top 30 wonders of Honduras under the Nature Category.
2019 Business Excellence Award – PANACAM Lodge was awarded The BIZZ Awards by the World Confederation of Businesses, highlighting its excellent work in promoting business development.
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.