Project Honduras is a charity programme that bisgaard is supporting in cooperation with the charity organization Viva. The project's goal is to help children who spend their whole childhood at an orphanage, by giving them the best possible start into their adult-life. Most of these children have no families, have been abused or come from families that cannot support them, which means that their network is very limited (sometimes even inexistent). They have no one to help them or to rely on, once they become too old to live at the orphanage.
In a country where network is what ensures that young adults have access to education, a house or a job, and other helping opportunities, they start already with a huge disadvantage. For these people, network and social relations dictate their future, and therefore it is important that they get enough support, education and mentoring at the orphanage, to prepare them for the future.
Project Honduras supports different orphanages in the Honduras with both monetary, as well as human resources. These resources ensure that the kids have access to education, as well as access to mentoring and guidance throughout their life. In terms of mentoring, it is very important for these kids to have access to information that answers some of their most basic questions – how can I get integrated in the society? How do I qualify or search for a job? how can I find a house? This information guides and helps them in gathering crucial knowledge that will help them when it comes to living a successful and independent life, after their stay at the orphanage. These resources and knowledge give them the conditions necessary to thrive in the real world, and they help them in creating a supporting network.
What does the bisgaard friendship bracelet mean?
The cooperation between bisgaard and Viva ensures that, for every pair of children's shoes with an armband inside that is sold, bisgaard donates 1€ to the project in Honduras. The friendship bracelet that you find inside your shoe box, is a symbolic gift and a way for these young-adults from the orphanage, to say thank you for contributing to the programme. In cooperation with our partner organization in the Honduras, we make sure that those young-adults who struggle the most after leaving the orphanage, are given a better chance to succeed in life. We help these young adults by providing them with job-opportunities within the project, e.g. by producing the non-profit friendship bracelets that your children are probably wearing at this point.
When you buy a pair of bisgaard shoes, you are, as a customer, contributing to the programme by helping vulnerable young-adults getting back on their feet. We hope you will be happy with your friendship bracelet and we thank you, because you, as a bisgaard customer make it possible for us to support vulnerable children around the world.