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Centro para el Desarrollo y la Cooperación LGBTI (SOMOS CDC)

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Public Statement 2016

Title Increasing LGBTI people’s opportunities for economic and social inclusion in Honduras
Type of organization  Association
Country Honduras
Duration  Three years
IAF Funding   $200,000
Counterpart Committed  $117,500 (In cash: US$ 43,300; In kind: US$ 74,200)
Number of direct &
indirect beneficiaries
Direct: 200
Indirect: 300
Primary program areas Economic development


Organization
Centro para el Desarrollo y la Cooperación LGBTI (SOMOS CDC) was founded in 2007 and legally registered in 2009. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of LGBTI citizens by developing programs that support their access to education, employment, health services, human rights and security. Its administrative structure includes a general assembly and an executive board, all of whom are LBGTI. The board sets the policy and hires an executive director to manage daily operations with the support of a small staff, including volunteers. SOMOS CDC has more than nine years of experience planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating projects. As a result of SOMOS CDC’s efforts, more than 15,000 young people have received vital information, better access to health services, and improved their self-esteem and self-confidence. In conjunction with the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute, Caribe Afirmativo, Hivos and the IAF, SOMOS CDC hosted the second conference for Latin American and Caribbean Political LGBTI Leaders held in Honduras in 2015. SOMOS CDC has received funding from such sources as Christian AID, Hivos, Netherlands embassy, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Development Objective
To enhance social inclusion and improve the quality of life for marginalized low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) Hondurans.

Project Description
SOMOS CDC will provide training and access to loans, organize exchanges, and work to advance LGBTI rights in Honduras. Some 200 individuals from Tegucigalpa and Comayagüela will benefit directly and 300 indirectly.

Rationale for Funding
LGBTI individuals in Central America and the Caribbean are socially and legally underserved and discriminated against. Available surveys indicate high levels of intolerance towards these individuals and attitudes that condone violence. Honduras does not have any legal provision banning discrimination against LGBTI people. This grant offers an opportunity to reach a population that faces intense discrimination, by helping to heighten visibility, increase access to income opportunities, enhance leadership skills and improve social inclusion.

Learning Opportunity
This grant will contribute to the IAF’s understanding of the challenges faced by LGBTI citizens in the region and help further identify how to most effectively support marginalized populations.