Help International was established in 1999 in response to dire needs resulting from the devastation caused by Hurricane Mitch, which was considered the worst natural calamity in this decade. While the violent typhoon hit most of Central America, the biggest damage was in Honduras. Hence, a team of university students came up with H.E.L.P. Honduras to provide aid. An initial group of 46 volunteers conducted fundraising activities and humanitarian projects as well as collaborated with a microfinance institution, FINCA Honduras, to support and recapitalize local microcredit programs.
After successfully assisting approximately 4,000 people, HELP has developed into a registered nonprofit organization centered on entrepreneurship or business, education, and public health projects. Today, our team does not just comprise of 46 volunteers, but hundreds of young professionals treading different career paths and students focused on different academic tracks. They help with the implementation of grassroots projects in elementary education, at-risk youth programs, medical camps, after-school tutoring, teacher training, health campaigns, and other related areas. We currently facilitate programs in Nepal, the Philippines, Fiji, Thailand, El Salvador, Peru, Uganda, and India with the aim of alleviating poverty and promoting sustainable change around the world.