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Department of Comayagua

 
 
     Flores - APUFRAM Executive Offices, Fr. Emil Cook Residence and Office, Chapel, Clinic, Schools, Boarding Facilities, Woodworking Shop, Store, and Agriculture
 
Flores 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.
 
 
    
 
 
A 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 are starting a pig project.  Mangoes and sugar cane are also grown on the El Conejo acreage.
Villa San Antonio 
Villa San Antonio - Boarding Facility, School, and Agriculture 

Located 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.
 

Department of Yoro

 
 

     La Barca – Boarding Facility, Gardening, Raising Birds

After 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.
 
 
 

Department of Cortes

 
 

La Campana – School, Agriculture

A junior high school is located on 20 acres of land at this site. Future plans, when funding permits, are to build a student house and plant African Palm here  At the present time, use of this site has been loaned to the local Catholic diocese which operates the school there.


 


Chachaguala – Retreat Center

A two-story house and retreat center on the Caribbean, this site is the first exposure to the sea for many children of the mission.  Also located on the property is a church built by APUFRAM and a home for a pastoral worker and his family.  One of the six pastoral workers whose salaries are paid by APUFRAM, he ministers full time to the people in the immediate area.  When the center is not being used for other retreats, Father Emil treats groups of students to a break from their normal routines at this location.

 
Harvesting CoconutsMilla Cuatro -- Church, House, Coconuts
 
Located in this village are a church that APUFRAM helped build and a house for a pastoral worker.  There is enough space at this site to build a store beside the highway, and APUFRAM plans to do so in the near future.  There are also 200 coconut trees planted on the property.
 








Church at CanquigueMuchilena -- Church
 
APUFRAM helped the local parish to build a church in this town.  At this site and at each place where APUFRAM builds a church, the local parish is expected to share in the construction expense. After construction is completed and services are held in the church, each parish is also asked to send a portion of their donations to APUFRAM.  In this way APUFRAM was able to continue to build more churches. Most of the churches that APUFRAM helped build are staffed with a pastoral worker.  A priest may come to celebrate Mass only once a month.
 
Over the years APUFRAM has helped build 90-100 churches in Honduras.  It receives over 100 requests annually for assistance in building a parish church in communities without one.  Unfortunately, due to lack of funding, they are no longer able to do so.
 

Department of El Progresso

 
 

     Toyos - Boarding Facility, School, Store, Agriculture

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. 
 

Department of Atlántida

 
Las Metalias - Volunteer & Retreat Center/Guesthouse 
Las Metalias - Volunteer & Retreat Center/Guesthouse, Agriculture

Located about four miles from APUFRAM's school and boarding facility in Toyos, this site includes a two story house situated on several acres in an idyllic setting overlooking a stream. Donated to APUFRAM by an Indian couple, it was previously used to house indigenous students who attended school at the Toyos site.  Before being refurbished by two volunteer groups in January and February of this year, it had been closed for several years.  APUFRAM plans to use it as a guesthouse for retreats or meetings with the hope that it will generate income.

Crops being raised at this site include cacao, corn, pineapple, papayas and plantains.
 

Department of Colon

 
 

Salama - Boarding Facility, School, Cattle Farm, Agriculture

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.
 
Cattle at SalamaCuaca - Cattle Farm
 
There are about 95 head of dairy cattle here.  APUFRAM sells about 110 liters of milk a day at this site, plus they make and sell cheese as well as provide it for use at their boarding facilities
 








African Palm TreesSanta Maria - African Palm, Mahogany
 
APUFRAM has over 250 acres here where they grow African Palm.  They have also recently planted 300 mahogany trees.  It will take about 25 years before these trees are ready to be harvested. 
 

Department of La Paz

 
 

     San José - Coffee Plantation, Bananas, Pine, Mahogany

Located high in the mountains southwest of Flores, this site had a school prior to the government building a school there.  APUFRAM then converted the school into a boarding facility, but was forced to close it in 2009 due to lack of funding
 
Coffee, bananas, pine, and mahogany trees are grown and harvested on the 10 acres of this site.
 
 
 

Department of Francisco Morazán

 
 

     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.
 
 
 

Department of Atlántida

 
 

     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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