Who We Are

CAFE is a nonprofit organization committed to preventing youth deliquency and youth violence in Honduras through education and employment training. Our commitment is to help Honduran children to fulfill their dreams of education in order to break the poverty cycle that has endured for generations and that has fueled the immigration crisis at the US-Mexico border in the last few years.

We are a group of Honduran and American individuals of all walks of life, and we are eager to welcome you into our community and movement. It has taken many forms, from coffee sales, to book drives, to the development of community days. We believe that creating a strong foundation in the communities that support our cause can help spread our message.

Why It Matters

Honduras is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, and the second poorest country in Central America.

With a population of over 9 million, the unemployment rate is high at 28%, and the vast majority, 85% of the population lives in poverty. This leads to poor conditions for upward social mobility and risk of young people falling in to drugs, gang violence, and teen pregnancy.

Education is not adequately served.

Six years of elementary schooling is required (but not enforced) by the government. Many children are forced to leave to work to support their families.

No Preschool or Kindergarten programs are in place for public education.
Less than half of all children who start elementary school actually complete the full six years of primary education
Only one third of students who enter secondary school graduate with a high school diploma.

Our Team


Maria Leonard , President

Kristen Rylander, Vice President

Gary Engstrom, Treasurer

Thelma Maritza Mejia, Assistant Treasurer

Michael Leonard, Secretary

Anwyn Darrow, Grants