Conference Info

September 19-21, 2018
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First come, first serve basis
To be announced
Over 50

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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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Transformative Associations

  • Wednesday, September 20th.
    Wednesday, September 20th.
    • 7:00 - 7:50 am, Networking Time
    • 8:00 - 8:20 am, Conference Opening, Sandra Romero Thompson, Sustainable Honduras Conference; Mario Fuentes, Mayor of Tela.
    • 8:21 - 8:44 am, Sustainable Development Goals – How has Honduras Progressed and What Are We Doing to Meet the SDG? Marilyn Molina, Private Development Cooperation Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
    • 8:45 - 9:30 am, Panel: Networks Generating Collaborative Synergies –
      • FOPRIDEH, Amanda Madrid, President
      • Honduras Volunteer Network, Karen Pavon, HVN Member
      • Microfinance Network, Carolin Quan, Director
      • Sustainable Development Network, Victor Avila, Programs and Projects Coordinator
      • Moderator:   Yolanda Dominguez, Executive Director, Honduran Foundation for Rehabilitation and Integration of People with Disabilities, FUHRIL
    • 9:31 - 10:00 am, Coffee Break
    • 10 - 11:00 am, Panel: Window of Opportunities in Consortium with International NGOs:  CARE, José Antonio Sauceda, Central America Regional Director, Nourishing the Future
      • ChildFund, Leslie Gamero, Country Director
      • PLAN International, Belinda Portillo, Country Director
      • World Vision, Leonardo Velasquez, Advocacy and Institutional Relations Manager
      • Moderator: Arnaldo Bueso, Former International NGO Country Director
    • 11:00 - 12:00 pm, Panel: Window of Opportunities in Consortium with National and International NGOs:  
      • CEPUDO, Carlos Coello, National Projects Director
      • CUSO International,  Karen Pavon, Honduras and El Salvador Program Manager
      • FUNDEVI, Juan Carlos Reyes, Director
      • Solidarity Network,  Omar Palacios, Director
      • Teach a Man to Fish, Christine Moser, Latin America Regional Director
      • Moderator:  Anita Zelaya Youngberg, Pan American Health Services Director
    • 12:01-1:30pm, Lunch
    • 1:30 - 3:00 pm, CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS:
      • 1:30 - 3:00 pm,  USAID's approach to Private Sector Engagement and Public Private Partnerships, Sara Werth, Private Sector Alliance Director, USAID-Honduras. Conference Room:  Lancetilla
      • 1:30 - 3:00 pm, Small Actions, Great Achievements, Sergio García, Exposia, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Conference Room: Tornabé
      • 3:00 - 3:30 pm, Coffee Break
      • 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Panel: Window of Opportunities with the Corporate Social Responsibility Sector:
        • ANDI, Fernando García, National Director, National Association of Industrialists in Honduras
        • BECAMO, Yeni Maldonado, Department of Differentiated Coffee Coordinator, Beneficio de Café Montecristo
        • Diunsa, Gladys Ramirez, Corporate Social Responsibility Director
        • Terra Foundation, Dilma Martínez, Corporate Manager
        • Moderator: Elena Quiróz, Business Development Director, Corporate Social Responsibility Honduran Foundation, FUNDAHRSE
    • 4:31 - 5:15 pm,  Context of Honduras’ Environmental Reality: What Awaits Us? What Options Do We have? How Do We Get Involved?  Arnaldo Bueso,  Presidential Commissioner of the Master Plan, Water, Forest, Soil
  • Thursday, September 21st.
    Thursday, September 21st.
    • 7:00 - 7:50 am, Networking Time
    • 8:00 - 8:30 am, Panel: Window of Bilateral Opportunities:
      • Southern Command-Joint Task Force Bravo-USA, LTC Rick Young, Civil Affairs Director
      • Trent University-Canada. Patti Lynn Tracy, David Venegas, Partnership for Quality   Medical Donation, Directors
      • Moderator: Johnny Pons, Pennsylvania  State University, USA
    • 8:31 - 9:30am, Panel: Opportunities with Diplomatic Representatives / International Cooperation
      • Embassy of France, Pierre Christian Soccoja,  Ambassador
      • JICA, Japanese International Cooperation Agency
      • ISO, Gustavo Duque, Director, Iberoamerican States Organization
      • USAID, Sara Werth, Honduras Private Sector Alliance
      • Moderator:  Juan Antonio Bendeck, Honorary Consul General of the Kingdom of Marruecos
    • 9:31 - 10:00 am, Coffee Break
    • 10:00am - 11:00 am, Panel: Window of Opportunities with Central Government / Honduras’ Ministries:
      • Ministry of Economic Development, Arnaldo Castillo, Minister
      • Ministry of Education, Rutilia Calderón, Minister                           
      • Ministry of Human Rights, Norma Cerrato, Vice Minister
      • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Marilyn Molina, Private Development Cooperation Director
      • Secretary of Natural Resources, José Galdamez, Minister
      • Moderator: Mario Fuentes, Mayor of Tela
    • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Panel: Window of Opportunities with Academia:
      • Catholic University,
      • Defense University of Honduras,
      • National Autonomous University of Honduras, Evangelina Trejo, CURLA Partnership Director
      • Zamorano, Laura Elena Suazo, Environment and Development Director
      • Moderator, Santiago Ruiz, UNAH-Tela Director,
    • 12:01 - 1:30 pm, Lunch
    • 1:30 - 4:00 pm, Transformative Associations Fair: Academia, Government, International Cooperation, NGOs
    • 4:00 - 4:30 pm, Coffee Break
    • 4:31 - 7:00 pm, Dinner on Your Own
    • 7:00 - 7:30 pm, Transportation from Various Hotels to the Contaduría Building.
    • 7:30 - 9:30 pm, Reception by La Alcaldia, La Contaduría Building (it does not include dinner)
    • 9:30 – 10:00 pm, Transportation from La Contaduría Building to Various Hotels.
  • Friday, September 22nd.
    Friday, September 22nd.
    • 7:00 - 7:50 am, Networking
    • 8:00 - 10:00 am, Collaborative Alliances Development, Joseph Rahm, The Leadership Center (Plenary)
    • 10:01 - 10:30 am, Coffee Break
    • 10:31 - 12:00 pm, Collaborative Alliances Development, Joseph Rahm, The Leadership Center (Group)
    • 12:01 - 1:30 pm, Lunch
    • 1:31 - 3:30 pm, Cooperative Alliances Development, Joseph Rahm, The Leadership Center (Group)
    • 3:30 - 4:15 pm, Conclusion, Collaborative Alliances Development
    • 4:16 - 4:30 pm, Conference Closing
    • 4:31 - 5:00 pm, Closing Coffee Break



”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


Marilyn Melissa Molina López

Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores y Cooperación Internacional

Carolin Melisa Quan


Elena Quiroz


Sara Werth


Carlos Coello


Diana Portillo Rojas


Gladys Ramírez


Sandra Espinal


Arnaldo Bueso

Plan Maestro Agua, Bosque y Suelo

Karen Pavón

Cuso International

Sulma Fúnez

Plan International

Patrick R. Young

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army

Nora Moreno


Juan Carlos Reyes


Víctor Hugo Ávila

Red de Desarrollo Sostenible

Evangelina Trejo Sosa


Anita Zelaya-Younberg

Pan American Health Services

José Antonio Sauceda

CARE International

Patti Tracey

Trent University

Yeni Rosario Maldonado


Kenia Coello


David Venegas

Trent University

Christine Moser

Teach A Man To Fish

Christhel Argueta Cardona


Dilma Martínez

Grupo Terra

Martha Calix


Juan Bendeck

IMAPRO / Teleprogreso

Joseph Rahm

The Leadership Institute

Leslie Gamero


Marcela Andido

World Vision Honduras

Rosa Seaman Sheran

Offices of Human Rights and Justice

Mario Fuentes

Municipalidad de Tela


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.


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Meet the Teachers: Santa Monica Bilingual School

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Our charity visit in Honduras was a beautiful day out. We visited a nature reserve named after a woman who died for the it’s right to be there. Our guide and Prolansate Foudation volunteer Ferdinand, showed us around the open lagoon and

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10 Things a Retired Teacher Wants You to Know

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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.
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.
What does the $150.00 registration fee cover?
  • It includes your participation in the three and a half days of the conference, a networking reception, three lunches, and three coffee breaks.
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.
How Do I register for the Conference?
  • To register, pay online and receive confirmation, first fill out the Online Registration Form. Then, we will bill you to pay online by credit or debit card . To pay by direct deposit in Lempiras, first fill out the FOPRIDEH Registration Form.  Then make your deposit, upload it and send it to  Once we receive your email with proof of deposit, we will email you to confirm your participation
Hotels and Transportation in Tela?
  • For information on Hotels and Transportation in Tela, please click HERE

Conference Location

To be announced

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