Conference Info

September 21-23, 2016
Registration Spots
300 Available
La Ensenada Beach Resort & Convention Center
Over 30 Speakers

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 About Us

The Conference is organized by a team of volunteers with a broad range of experience and backgrounds. What unites us is our desire to do our part to support projects, programs and individuals who are making a difference for the sustainable betterment and development of Honduran communities.



The mission of the Conference is to enable networking, collaboration and the sharing of best practices among individuals and organizations whose projects address the following key elements in a country’s socioeconomic progress: health, education, and the development of sustainable and economically vibrant communities.

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The Sustainable Honduras Conference is completely directed by volunteers. Each of our Team Members has dedicated years to bringing this idea to fruition, year after year, for over a decade.

We cover the Conference´s expenses with the registration fees, individual donations, and the generosity of our Sponsors. These include, but are not limited to, renting of space, securing simultaneous translation equipment, hiring professional interpreters, catering of meals, printing and reproduction, and many other logistical items.

Inclusion And Exclusion: Children/Youth, Women, and Disabilities
To view a PDF version of the agenda please click HERE

  • Pre-Conference Check-In
    Pre-Conference Check-In
    2:00 -5:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday , September 20Pre-Conference Check-In at La Ensenada Convention Center. Pick up your programs, welcome packet, nametag, sign up for workshops, identify your networking area.

  • Inauguration activities
    Inauguration activities
    • 7:00-8:00 a.m.Check-In and Set Up Time for Project Expo tables
    • 8:00-8:15 a.m.  — Conference Opening and Welcome, Conference Logistics Review. Sandra Romero Thompson and Sandra Guerra, Sustainable Honduras Conference. Conference Room: Punta Izopo
    • 8:15-8:30 a.m.  — Welcome to Tela.  Mario Fuentes, Mayor of Tela.
    • 8:30-8:45 a.m.  — Honduras is Great. Fernando Carías, Director, Honduras is Great! (Invited)
    • 8:45-9:30 a.m.  — City of Tela Panel: Mayor Mario Fuentes, Private Industry, Academia, Civil Society.
    • 9:30-10:00 a.m. — Message from United States Ambassador to Honduras, James Nealon.  Information of US Government Work in Honduras. (Invited)
    • 10:00-10:30 a.m. — Networking Coffee Break.
    • 10:30-11:00 a.m.  — Message from European Union Ambassador to Honduras, Ketil I. Karlsen.  Information of EU work in Honduras.
    • 11:00-11:30 a.m.  — Gladys Morena Gómez, Director, Multilateral Investment Fund, Interamerican Development Bank (Invited)
    • 11:30-12:00 p.m. — What is an “Entrepreneurship Ecosystem”? Different initiatives related to entrepreneurship in Honduras, including the opening of an Entrepreneurship Center in Tegucigalpa, Pedro Marcial Cerrato, Consultant.

  • Networking Lunch
    Networking Lunch
    12:00 - 2:00 P.M. Day 01
    • Networking Lunch

  • Panels and Workshops
    Panels and Workshops
    2:00 - 3:00 PM – Panel Discussions and Workshops I
    • Climate Change, Environment and Disability, Minister José Antonio Galdamez, SERNA. Conference Room: Lancetilla
    • Why is Entrepreneurship Important to Honduras and its Women? Panelists:
      • 1) Mayra Orellana-Powell, Coffee Entrepreneur
      • 2) Jenny Bustamante, President of Amalancetilla, Female Farming & Production Enterprise
      • 3) Suyapa Salvidar, Specialist in Gender Equality, currently with FHIA.
      • 4) Moderator:  Pedro Marcial Cerrito. Conference Room: Punta Tornabé
    • Women’s Workshop:  Samantha Croasdaile, Senior Communications Officer and Gender Specialist USAID/ Honduras.  Conference Room: Punta Sal
    3:10 – 4:10 PM – Panel Discussions and Workshops II
    • Introduction to Productivity. Architect Carlos Casanova, FUHRIL,  Conference Room: Lancetilla
    • Survival State of Children in Vulnerability: A Neuropsychological and Social Approach. Edwin Mejia, Training and Development Consultant in Foster Children Protection Services in Honduras, Conference Room: Tornabé
    • 50/50 Inclusion as the Key to Success. Vital Voices / Cargill, Liliana Barahona, CSR Coordinator Cargill Honduras.  Conference Room: Punta Sal
    4:10 - 4:30 P.M.
    • Networking Coffee Break

  • Video Presentation
    Video Presentation
    4:30 - 5:10 P.M.
    • Various videos of work developed in Honduras in Children/Youth, Women and Disabilities Sectors. Salón:  Punta Izopo
    5:10 - 6:00 P.M.
    • Opportunity to Visit the Project Expo and Resource Exchange, Visit the Project Expo, meet in the Resource Exchange area, and continue networking

  • Networking Dinner
    Networking Dinner
    6:00 P.M.
    •  Networking Dinner on Your Own

  • Plenary Sessions
    Plenary Sessions
    • 8:00-8:10 a.m. Announcements/Introductions. Sandra Romero Thompson, Sandra Guerra, Sustainable Honduras Conference. Conference Room: Punta Izopo
    • 8:10-9:15 a.m.  — Inclusive Development Panel, Vision for the Future Strategy:
      • Globalization and Human Development – ONU, OMS
      • Social Protection Policies – Human Rights Vice Minister, Karla Cueva, SJDHCD
      • To Live or To Survive? Social Integration Vice Minister, Zoila Cruz, SEDIS
      • What is Inclusive Development?  World Bank
    • 9:15-10:25 a.m. — How to Address Child Protection at the National, Municipal and Community Levels.
      • 1) DINAF (National)
      • 2) Mayor (Municipal)
      • 3) Local NGO (Community)
      • 4) International NGO (Community)
      • 5) Moderator:  Katherine Susman, Projects Manager, ChildFund
    • 10:25-10:55 a.m. — Networking Coffee Break
    • 10:55-12:00 p.m. — Women’s Panel – Paid and Unpaid Women Working at Home

  • Networking Lunch
    Networking Lunch
    12:00 - 2:00 P.M.
    • Networking Lunch

  • Panel Discussions and Workshops
    Panel Discussions and Workshops
    •  2:00-3:00 p.m.  — Panel Discussions and Workshops I
      • Universal Accessibility from the Perspective of Municipal Authorities, Various Municipalities, Conference Room: Lancetilla
      • Rethinking Orphanages:  Best Practices in Caring for Honduran Children. Panelists:
        • 1) Matt Spangler, Honduras Children’s Alliance Director and President Legacy  of Hope Foundation
        • 2) Dora Orellana, Director SOS Villages-Tela
        • 3) Douglas Barahona, Director, La Providencia
        • 4) Foster Home Directors
        • 5) Specialized Care Homes Directors
        • 6) Moderator:  Amy Escoto, Director, Hogar Amigos de Jesús Conference Room: Tornabé
      • Women’s Panel – Paid and Unpaid Women Working at Home: Conference Room: Punta Sal
    • 3:10-4:10 p.m. — Panel Discussions and Workshops II
      • A contribution to Psychosocial Disability and Community Care.  Massimo Meccheri Melvyn Tení, Conference Room: Lancetilla
      • Children/Youth Workshop. European Union (Invited) Conference Room: Tornado
      • Women’s Panel – Paid and Unpaid Women Working at Home. Conference Room: Punta Sal
    • 4:10-4:30 p.m.  — Networking Coffee Break
    • 4:30-5:15 p.m. — Town Hall Meeting, Unites States of America Council General, (Invited) Conference Room: Punta Izopo
    • 5:15-6:00 p.m.Opportunity to Visit the Project Expo and Resource Exchange and to continue networking

  • Networking dinner
    Networking dinner
    6:00 P.M.
    • Networking Dinner on your own

  • Plenary Sessions
    Plenary Sessions
    • 8:00-8:15 a.m.Announcements/Introductions, Sandra Romero Thompson, Sandra Guerra, Sustainable Honduras Conference. Conference Room: Punta Izopo
    • 8:15-9:15 a.m.Practical Tools Summary for Children / Youth, Women and Disability Sectors
    • 9:15-10:15 a.m.Multi Sector Panel, Moderator:  Arnaldo Bueso, National Director CARE International-Honduras; Academia, Government, Civil Society
    • 10:15-10:45 a.m.Networking Coffee Break
    • 10:45-12:00 p.m.FOPRIDEH Workshop. Amanda Madrid, FOPRIDEH Board of Directors President (Invited)

  • Networking lunch
    Networking lunch
    12:00 - 2:00 P.M.
    • Networking Lunch

  • Plenary Sessions
    Plenary Sessions
    • 2:00-3:00 p.m.USAID in Honduras, James Watson, Mission Director, USAID Honduras
    • 3:00-3:30 p.m.  — Networking Coffee Break
    • 3:30-4:30 p.m. — Children, Youth and Women Cities in Honduras, Honduran Government (Invited)
    • 4:30-5:00 p.m. — Inspiring Children Panel
    • 5:00-5:15 p.m. — Closing of the Conference, Sandra Romero Thompson, Sandra Guerra, Sustainable Honduras Conference

    Speaker Profiles Coming Soon

  • Networking Dinner
    Networking Dinner
    5:15 P.M.
    • Networking Dinner on your own

  • Closing Reception
    Closing Reception
    7:00 - 9:00 P.M.
    • Closing Reception Sponsored by the Municipality of TelaLocation: Tela Railroad Company Contaduría Building.



”The conference made me more aware of the work that other organizations of various sizes and types are doing across the country, which will illuminate the work that I do with my own organization every day. The connections that I made and ideas we've already begun to hatch were transformative.”

Amanda Blewitt, Directora Ejecutiva. Un Mundo

Amanda Blewitt, Un Mundo

”The Conference was an excellent networking opportunity; It is very positive to have collaboration in three sectors (civil society (NGOs), Private Sector, and Honduran Government (National, local plus USAID). I was able to reconnect with attendees from prior years and make new contacts. It was a great, positive ambiance.”

Richard Hansen, Soluz, Inc.

Richard Hansen, Soluz, Inc.

”The availability of networking with others and learning what others are doing and how we can coordinate and work together. The gender focus was extremely valuable.”

Katie Susman, Child Fund Honduras

Katie Susman, Child Fund Honduras

”The Networking!, practical workshops, gender workshops, entrepenurship women panels and their testimonials…were most valuable.”

Matthieu Dobler Paganoni – Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)

Matthieu Dobler Paganoni, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)

”The opportunities for networking and connections were fantastic, and I felt like I got a much better “big” picture of NGO presence in Honduras.”

Hannah Bryant, BECA

Hannah Bryant, BECA


Please check back for more information on the speakers for the 2016 Conference.

Write us at: info(at)





  • Proof of student status is required.
  • No refunds for payments after July 30th.



  • Students / Very small NGO’s
  •  Application Deadline Reached (July 30th.)

Registration Form

To register through FOPRIDEH please click HERE

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Hotels and Transportation in Tela?
  • For information on Hotels and Transportation in Tela, please click HERE
How Do I register for the Conference?
  • To register and receive confirmation, first fill out the Registration Form. Then, use your credit card to pay online via Paypal.
Can the Sustainable Honduras Conference help me pay for my transportation, food and lodging?
  • No. All transportation to and from Tela, meals, hotel and any other expenses incurred are your responsibility.  The Sustainable Honduras Conference does not have any additional funds to help its participants with these expenses.
What does the $150.00 registration fee cover?
  • It includes your participation in the three days of the conference, a networking reception, three lunches, and three coffee breaks.
Will there be transportation provided to get to the Conference venue?
  • Yes.  We will provide transportation to and from the following hotels: Capitán, Lempira, Ejecutivo, Plaza, Cesar Mariscos Anexo, Cesar Mariscos, Presidente, Marsol, Villas Telamar y Sherwood.
I’d like to be a speaker. How much will you pay me to speak at your Conference?
  • Thanks for your interest.  All of our conference  speakers are part of the team of volunteers that make this conference possible.  We have never paid speakers nor covered their expenses to participate.  The Conference does not have any additional funds to cover speakers’ expenses.

Conference Location

La Ensenada Beach Resort & Convention Center

Bo High Land Creek, Calle 9

Tela, Honduras

+504 9999-9999