After seven years of tedious work, in 2021 Light of Esperanza finally accomplished a major goal of our organization: to become a registered non-profit organization in the country of Honduras. While we have always maintained our 501(c)3 status in the United States as a non-profit organization, this new status in Honduras will allow us to expand the scope of our work and the impact that we can have on the lives of the women and youth in rural Honduras. We are so grateful for our new Honduras-based non-profit organization, now known as:

 “Esperanzas Unidas”

(“United Hope”)


Using the past thirteen years of service through Light of Esperanza, our core team of volunteers has had the opportunity to craft a new vision for our work in Honduras:



We are thrilled to announce that we have named Angela Madrid Lara and Iris Madrid as our new Co-Directors, and Shoshanna Cohen as our President. We are grateful to all of our team who are supporting our goal of 100% women leadership in Esperanzas Unidas.  



We have begun a major initiative to base our entrepreneurial and environmental programming on bamboo. In October 2021, Esperanzas Unidas moved into our new home in a village close to Dulce Nombre de Copan – ten acres of land that has been donated to our organization. We are collaborating with a sustainable building company from Guatemala to plant bamboo and begin training for self-sufficient business projects that will revolutionize the lives of the women we work with, as well as the local economies in Honduras. We also have created an entire standards-based curriculum in English and Spanish using bamboo to teach science and social studies. The curriculum is available for use by teachers upon request and will benefit Esperanzas Unidas. 



Esperanzas Unidas continues to be focused on developing a network of strong women leaders in Honduras. Our new Leadership program will sponsor teenage girls from the villages we work with to receive a package of support – including a full scholarship to finish high school, private English and technology tutoring, trainings in how to work with bamboo, and trainings in how to manage a nonprofit organization.  

We also hope you will take a moment to learn more about our work through our new website: