Parents and children of Milenio Pumas School pay tribute to Jonathan Nash
El Rosario, Comayagua.- During a colorful event of tribute, 19 families living in the Milenio Pumas community paid tribute to Jonathan Nash, Director of the Environment and Social component of the compacts being implemented by the Millennium Challenge Account, by inaugurating under his name the new PROHECO school recently built by MCA-Honduras in that community.
Long hours walking to school early each morning on dangerous trails and in darkness are finished for 51 girls and boys who attend the “Jonathan Nash” school. Thanks to the work of the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras, these children have a nice school located in the center of their community.
“We are thankful to God. We started the school and the water system projects a year ago and now they are a reality, we thank you all.” Oscar ObedVásquez.
Jonathan Nash, with his father David Nash, school children and officers from PROHECO.
Jonathan Nash, David Nash and Yuny Goldberg unveiling the inauguration plaque.
“I am very happy with this school, now I do not have to ask for rides or walk. Jonathan is very nice to us”, NormaYamileth Aguilar,fourth grade student.
Levi Fernando Montes is another beneficiary child of the school“I want to be an engineer when I grow up, to build houses, to give to the people in need, as my family was given one as a gift”.
Marco Bográn Director Ejecutivo de la Cuenta del Milenio - Honduras; Jonathan Nash; Glenda Gálvez of SANAA and Gilda Padilla Alcaldesa del El Rosario inauguration of the wáter system.
Participants at main table presiding the events
Assistants to the Jonathan Nash school tribute and the inauguration of the water system.
Although the school started operations in February of 2010, in January,2011 the parents requested that the school be named JONATHAN NASH as tribute to his work during the implementation of resettlement actions at the Millennium Challenge Account compact of Honduras. During his work with the community he won the affection of local children and adults in the community.
Nash, who travelled to Honduras from the United States with his father David Nash, said during his speech “It is an honor to be here with you today as I am very touched as the commitment made to this community is now a fulfilled promise. Thanks to all of you for your committed support which has made this project possible. This community, public areas and the new school now belong to you. I am very impressed by your will and that hard work you to make and develop your community into a wonderful place. This experience with you in Honduras has formed me into a better person.”
PROHECO schools are an alternative model of the Honduras government. These schools are administrated by the community PTA (Parent Teachers Association) and are a positive response to serve the needs of primary education for thousands of children living in the rural areas of the country.
The “Jonathan Nash” PROHECO school, constructed by MCA-Honduras provides pre- basic and basic education to the children living in the Milenio “Pumas” resettlement project. The new educational center provides many children access to a good education and a secure playground area which insure a better future for them in this municipality.
Local government authorities gathered with Jonathan Nash to celebrate this important event. Yuny Goldberg, PROHECO National Coordinator expressed her gratitude for this important support and said “ I wished we could build more schools like this to provide access to more children to a better future, I thank the government of the United States of America for this support”.
At the same time MCA-Honduras also inaugurated the potable water system in this community, which was installed with support provided by SANAA - Servicio Autónomo Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados and by the community. Marco Bográn, MCA-Honduras Executive Director expressed: “This is a very special project because the contractor was the community; I invite you to take good care of these projects, because they are yours and are products of your efforts”.
Among those attending were Jonathan Brooks, Honduras Director of MCC; Glenda Gálvez from SANAA; Gilda Padilla, Mayor of the Municipality of El Rosario; Servando Alcerro of the Ministry Interior office in Comayagua; José Luis Montesinos of ESNACIFOR (National Forest Science School); Amanda Von Eikenof the firm that implemented the social compensation program; and Ricardo Figueroa of the firm that implemented the community resettlement plans of MCA-Honduras.
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