AJS Advocacy Leads to Thousands of New, Accurate Land Titles

Margarita Zúniga has lived in her community of Tegucigalpa, Honduras for 32 years, raising five children, and now many grandchildren in her cement-block home.

Years after she had moved into the land and constructed a house, government officials came to her saying she had to pay for her property. Though she only made a few dollars a day washing and ironing clothes, she began to make small but regular payments. After years, she had paid off her land – but never got the promised title.

Margarita Zuniga holds her land title

AJS Vice President describes how perfect love drives out fear in the difficult work of doing justice in Honduras.

With AJS coalition “Transformemos Honduras”, over 130 cyclists biked 271 miles across Honduras to raise awareness for public education.

Cyclists cross the mountains of Honduras

When we think of the Christmas story, we often think of nativity scenes, of a tiny baby, cute animals, and angels in the Heavens proclaiming peace and joy. But anyone who has read the Bible knows that while we celebrate the birth of this baby at Christmas; just a few months later at Easter, we remember his death.

Last evening, Pastor Jorge Machado suffered an attempt on his life. Pastor Machado is an AJS-board member, and member of the Police Reform Commission. As Machado and his wife returned home, armed men released fire, killing a member of their security detail and severely wounding another, who is in the hospital in critical condition.

"This can be a time of fear, a time of anguish, and of questioning. But we also know that in God’s word we can find hope and strength." -Carlos Hernández

Year after year, God has blessed our decision to continue to work towards his justice. Below are just a few of the key moments in the past ten years where we have seen the fruit of this hope.

AJS condemns the attack on Thursday evening against Pastor Jorge Machado, member of the board of directors of AJS-Honduras and member of the Special Commission for Police Purging, that resulted in the death of military guard Geovany Calderón.

As of December 14th, 2016, they have evaluated over 2,500 members of the force, including every high-ranking official, and fired 1,678 for corruption or failure to meet institutional standards. Of those fired, 364 were high-ranking officials, including six of the nine police generals.

Last week Danish author Jonatan Larsen released an English translation of the book as "Piece of a Volunteer," an e-book on Amazon. The book was inspired by his visit to Honduras and the story of Dionisio Diaz Garcia.

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TH volunteers oversee medicine distribution

A small group of people is transforming health in Honduras. Members of Transformemos Honduras and employees of the Association for a More Just society are saving lives through their expertise in transparency, accountability, and the efficiency of public systems, doing the difficult work of getting the Honduran Health system to work for its people.

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