We develop a new generation of ethical women leaders by providing exceptional academics, leadership, and community development experiences.
We envision our graduates becoming ethical, inspiring leadership who enact positive, lasting change throughout their communities and country.
Our Mission Reflects God's Love to Those We Serve.
Leadership Mission International is a faith-based, U.S. nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and public charity that provides educational and leadership development programs to women in Honduras. We see our mission as reflecting God’s love to those we serve. We practice and promote our core values throughout all levels of the organization. These values reflect love, kindness, respect, courage, patience, forgiveness, and many other attributes of a strong servant leader. We gratefully welcome volunteers, teachers, and visitors of all faith traditions who share our passion for partnering with and empowering young women in Honduras.
In addition to educational development, we believe that spiritual development is an important component of each student’s overall growth as a leader. While all faith-based activities on campus are optional, the campus leadership encourages these activities among students, staff and visitors.
Of women living in rural Honduras are illiterate. That’s about 2 out of every 10 women.
Every additional year of education beyond elementary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 15-25%.
Women reinvest up to 90% of their incomes back into their families, compared to just 30-40% by men.
Women empowered to enter the work force accounted for 30% of the reductions in poverty and income inequality in Latin America from 2000 - 2010.
Honduran Women Need Your Support.
In Honduras, women from low-income families have few opportunities. But all have plenty of potential.
Additionally, a male-dominated society and domestic abuse are significant issues throughout Honduras. This can prevent women from reaching their full potential as well as using their skills and abilities to positively influence society. In order to best carry out our mission of ethical leadership development, we also educate women on their rights and empower them by providing opportunities they would not otherwise have.
I think that we are a special element in our country since we can give more than what everyone thinks. The truth is, we are warrior women, fighters who face obstacles with all the courage we have and we always look for a way to get ahead, help our family and our country.
—Evelyn Castro (LMI Student)
“Latin American and Caribbean countries reduced the gender gap in education and employment, but violence against women, wage inequality, and high rates of adolescent pregnancy taint the progress made … The region’s biggest debt to women has to do with gender violence. According to UN Women, of the 25 countries with the highest femicide rates, 14 are in the region. An estimated one of every three women over the age of 15 has experienced sexual abuse. That figure means it has become an epidemic, according to the World Health Organization.” – The World Bank
Educating and training women in poor countries reduces poverty, stabilizes communities and improves human rights. By focusing specific attention to the educational and social needs of women, societies can stabilize their families and communities through increased productivity and economic opportunity. Leadership Mission International is making this impact on Honduran women by empowering them to focus on their education and be change agents in their communities post-graduation.
In 2011, Glen Evans launched our campus in Honduras—The Leadership Center—to provide business entrepreneurship training and educational opportunities for women who are eager and passionate about gaining additional opportunities to create transformation not just for themselves, but for their communities. In 2013, Joseph Rahm and Ira Lucia worked alongside Evans to found Leadership Mission International as the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that now provides resources to and manages The Leadership Center.