The Leadership Center is the primary project of Leadership Mission International. The mission of The Leadership Center is to empower women from poor families to become the next generation of ethical leaders in Honduras. Through the empowerment of women, many families and communities will experience significant change from the influence of ethical leaders. The primary way that the organization helps our graduates become individuals of influence is through supporting them in entrepreneurial and business endeavors.
The Leadership Center is located in central Honduras, between one and two hours from the capitol city of Tegucigalpa. For security issues, we only provide directions and an exact address to staff members, volunteers, and individuals or teams who plan to visit the center.
The simplest way to explain why we serve in Honduras is because the co-founders of Leadership Mission International(Joseph & Ira) became involved in The Leadership Center long before LMI even existed. However, we remain in Honduras because it is a country that desperately needs some national leaders who make decisions in an ethical manner and put the needs of the citizens before their own personal interests and benefit. Following are just a few pieces of information to show why our mission is necessary in Honduras:
-64% of Hondurans live on less than $2 per day (World Bank)
-Honduras has a nearly 60% unemployment/underemployed rate (World Bank)
-Honduras has the 1st and 4th most dangerous cities in the world with regards to homicide rates
-The police force, which receives funding from the US Government, contributes to corruption through participatioon or turning a blind eye (US State Department)
-Government officials routinely engage in corrupt practices and receive impunity (US State Department)
Leadership Mission International desires to provide opportunities to the most underprivileged individuals in the societies where we operate. In Honduras, women from marginalized families perfectly fit this description. Domestic abuse is a very significant issue throughout Honduras, and it prevents women from reaching their full potential and using their skills and abilities to positively impact society. So, while the focus of the organization is on ethical leadership development and entrepreneurship, issues of women’s rights, the empowerment of women, and providing opportunities to women that they would not otherwise have is important to the manner in which we carry out our mission.
Here are just a few statistics to further support LMI’s focus on women:
-Domestic abuse was legal until 1997 and in 1998, three THOUSAND women reported domestic abuse and not a single man was convicted.
-Less than 20% of congress seats are held by women.
-Women receive approximately 61% of the wages that men earn for holding the same positions.