More than twenty years ago Nola White served in the Peace Corps in Honduras, helping isolated mountain communities develop gravity-feed water systems. Later, she returned from time to time to visit her friends in these communities, and with each visit she was reminded of the things the communities needed that a modest amount of money could provide. In 2002, with a group of US friends, she founded HCSC, as a non-profit tax-exempt organization, to raise money for those things.
Nola now spends portions of each year in Honduras, where communities bring requests to her for the resources needed for community projects. She then participates in community planning meetings, helps develop realistic project budgets, arranges for purchase of land or building materials, and sometimes helps arrange further support from other organizations and government agencies. Projects have included...
For descriptions of specific projects, see our annual newsletters.
FECOVESO (Fundacion Eco Verde Sostenible)
is a regional land trust and community development organization initiated through Nola’s community organizing efforts and now an important partner in our work. All of the watershed lands acquired with HCSC funding are owned and stewarded by FECOVESO, which also negotiates new watershed acquisitions. We now provide ongoing support for FECOVESO operations, including salary for part time staff and travel expenses for board members and we have established and account that allows FECOVESO to provide project assistance to communities (using the same "must be agreed to by all and benefit all" crterion used by HCSC). For more on FECOVESO activities see our annual newsletters.