In 1998, AJS-Honduras was founded by a group of Honduran and North American friends (including Kurt Ver Beek and Jo Van Engen) dedicated to doing justice in Honduras. We’re excited to share a throwback to the 1990s, when we worked with the Garifuna community of Ruguma to protect their lands from theft.
After a dismal 19% transparency and management score in 2015, no one would have guessed that Honduras’ Property Institute would be among the “most-improved” government institutions.
By the end of 2016, it became clear that for the first time the Property Institute had met their goal, processing 10,005 land titles. Even better, at the beginning of November, ASJ audited nearly 1,000 titles and found zero errors.
The Property Institute delivers hundreds of accurate land titles to Honduran families, thanks to AJS’s support and oversight.
AJS uncovers corruption at the Property Institute
Land Rights project volunteer conducts a survey in an AJS-targeted community to assess the success of efforts to secure land titles.
Francisca Lopez worked with AJS to obtain a land title for herself and her family.
After years of uncertainty, the efforts of Luis and his neighbors pay off, opening the opportunity for receiving a land title.
Bienvenida’s life changes forever when she receives a land title, allowing for investment and improvement on her house, and even better, more financial security.
AJS’s work in helping to already secure 60,000 land titles continues to expand as beneficiaries work together to spread their success to other neighborhoods.