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Montaña de Luz, Honduras

Project Leaders

Edgar Casale.3

General Information

Montaña de Luz is an orphanage in Honduras that is home to many children affected by HIV/AIDS. In 2005, ECOS began working with the orphanage as an academic service-learning program that provided students a glimpse of the world of humanitarian engineering and an opportunity to apply knowledge, resources, and skills learned throughout their education to a real world, service-learning experience. 

The service-learning program consists of two parts. The first is a three credit-hour class taught during Spring Semester where students will study and research various issues and solutions relative to their project. The second part consists of a three credit-hour study abroad trip to MdL during Spring Break. Students will be driven to study and analyze the impact of sustainable technology and the impact their solutions and analysis could have at MdL.


Past projects at MdL include:

  • Constructing a tilapia pond for a food source and potential business venture for the orphanage
  • Repair and restructure a biodigester that provides an efficient composting method and methane to be used for fuel
  • Improve the infrastructure of the orphanages computer lab to provide a better environment for learning
  • Improve the orphanage's drinking water purification system
  • Analyze and replace different areas of the orphanage's water distribution system

Additional Information

For more information about the service-learning program in Choluteca, visit the OIA Study Abroad webpage for Montaña de Luz.

To access reports from previous projects, please visit:

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