Schools and Boarding Facilities

Flores – Main Office, Boarding Facility, and High School

19400133_10209010417926880_335856458038840258_nFlores is the main campus, located 75 minutes northwest of Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras.
About 300 students attend school at this site at either the Maximilian Kolbe Institute (junior and senior high) or Taller (carpentry trade school where all APUFRAM wood products are made). There is also an art studio at Maximilian Kolbe where students learn to paint. Their artwork is available for purchase, and many student paintings have been sold to mission visitors.  A number of
APUFRAM students have been recognized nationally and internationally for their art.

There are two boarding facilities for high school students on this campus: Internado San Francisco de Asís (boys town) and Santa Ana (girls town).

This site also has a chapel, a medical clinic staffed by Dr. Ramón Fuentes (an APUFRAM graduate), and a store where students sell supplies to local community members. Many of the students are taught
agricultural methods at this site and help grow and harvest the following crops: yucca, mangoes, citrus fruits, cashews, corn, and soybeans. Students also help hatch and raise ducks, turkeys, geese, and chickens.

El Conejo – Boarding Facility and Elementary School

19059774_10208936708244184_2980318681884788246_nA few miles from Flores is the Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Center for Girls where about 30 girls, ages 5-12 years-old, live and attend school. Individual homes accommodate eight girls and a house mom.
Santa Ana Primary School is located at this site. More than 100 girls and boys attend school here. The student
population includes the boys from Villa San Antonio as well as local students in addition to the girls who live at
Guadalupe Center.

Also on site is the Margarita Cook Center for Abandoned Women (a.k.a. “The Moms Project”). This project is dedicated to providing shelter, work, and educational opportunities to disadvantaged mothers caring for their children alone.

Additionally, the St. Therese de Lisieux Volunteer/Retreat Center is located here. This is where mission
volunteers stay, and where various Honduran groups hold retreats. Classes for the training program newly
established by APUFRAM for area residents are also held here.
The mothers at this site raise chickens and pigs.  Mangoes and sugar cane are also grown on the El Conejo acreage.

La Villa San Antonio – Boarding Facility

19059295_10208936746325136_7291731859566814474_nLocated five miles from Flores, the San Antonio de Padua Center for Boys is a boarding facility which is home to about 30 boys ages 5–15 years old. These boys live with house moms or house dads in dormitory style homes.
There is an elementary school on the site, but it is closed at the present time due to lack of funding. The school is being maintained, and APUFRAM plans to reopen it when funds allow.
Additionally, there is a fish project and a mahogany farm on the property.

Salama – Boarding Facility and High School

Located here are a small boarding facility (San Antonio de Padua) which houses about 20 boys, and a junior-senior high school where about 150 students are educated.
At this site there is a cattle farm with about 165 head of cattle. These cows are bred to calf annually, and APUFRAM sells calves and bulls for profit to support the schools. Some are also butchered in order to provide meat for consumption at their boarding facilities. The cattle graze on over 50 acres of grassland at this location.
African Palm trees are also grown at this site, and the boys at the boarding facility assist in the harvesting of the palm berries.

La Barca – Boarding Facility

13522872_10206302949401859_7737388026467826858_oAfter being closed for six years, this site reopened in January 2016 to resume serving children who come from homes in remote villages of the region. In this area most do not attend school beyond the third grade. This project prepares young boys in the fourth through sixth grades to continue their education at one of APUFRAM’s junior high schools. While at La Barca the boys attend the local public school.

The La Barca project originally opened in early 2002 to aid the very poor whose families were dislocated by Hurricane Mitch, or who lived along the roadside or in the poorest sections of San Pedro Sula. At this site the children live in the San Bernardino de Siena Boarding Facility with a house mom or dad. They help grow a variety of vegetables and assist with the raising and selling of birds (ducks, geese, turkeys), and also the sale of eggs to the public.

In 2015 APUFRAM International initiated the La Barca Campaign in order to raise funds to add to APUFRAM’s La Barca Endowment Fund. With the reopening of La Barca, the first goal of the campaign has been reached. The campaign continues, however, in order to add enough money to the endowment fund so that the interest it generates can be used to help make this site self-sustaining indefinitely.

Toyos – High School and Boarding Facility

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This site hosts a boarding facility (San Francisco de Asís) for 30 boys as well as a junior-senior high school where about 120 students are educated.

On the 15 acres of this site, students help raise chickens and harvest chili peppers, coconuts, pineapples, lychees, oranges, papayas, and cacao (chocolate).
A store was opened at this site in 2012. Here local people are able to purchase supplies, and it is a good source of income for APUFRAM.

Tegucigalpa – University Housing

 

Unlike in the U.S., there is no dormitory system for college students. APUFRAM has three houses for university students who attend the National University here. Students live in the housing for minimal room and board fees

La Ceiba – University Housing

 

As in Tegucigalpa, university students have no dormitories. This site consists of housing for up to 24 students to attend university. Agricultural students in the APUFRAM system continue their education here

 

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