Partnerships are crucial in allowing OCHO to sustain and expand their reach, working with a wide range of like-minded collaborators so we can deliver in our vision of a sustainable health care. Since its beginning, OCHO has partnered with public, academic, medical, as well as civic Honduras organizations to implement projects that have changed the health of Atima and surrounding communities.
In 2012, OCHO collaborated with Rotary Club of Baltimore, Rotary International, Agua Clara (Cornell University), Agua Para El Pueblo, and the municipality of Atima in the funding and construction of a water treatment plant that since then has served more than 3,000 people in Atima.
Proyecto Mirador, an organization that was founded by Dee and Richard Lawrence, early OCHO volunteers, has built more than 100,000 new, efficient stoves in the Santa Barbara region. Recipients of an efficient stove receive training in stove maintenance and health benefits, becoming advocates for a project that has tangibly improved the health of the people and reduced the emissions of carbon dioxide in the area. Proyecto Mirador has been a loyal supporter of OCHO.
OCHO engages in effective partnerships with local authorities, majors of Atima San Vicente, and Nuevo Clelilac, to build partnerships that have led to contributions like the construction of a water treatment plant, and most recently in the equipment of the current health center, which is operational since 2014. This medical center was the result of the partnership between the government of Atima, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency [JICA] and OCHO.
Organized by family-owned coffee farms, the Quezapaya Cooperative and its President Jose Dario Enamorado Vallecillo, has partnered with OCHO to provide medical and public health outreach to their communities near Choloma. This Co-op is designed to negotiate a fair price in the sale of their precious crop with a commitment to equality among all farmers. OCHO is proud to partner with Quezapaya in promoting health and economic prosperity.
The support of pharmaceutical companies and medical providers has been instrumental in providing OCHO with discounted costs of medications as well as donations of supplies, such as bandages, gauze pads, alcohol, tongue depressors and syringes.