Proyecto Aldea Global started its work in 1983 in response to urgent social and economic needs in the rural areas of Honduras. Founded by Chet Thomas, PAG’s programs started by focusing on developing a local human infrastructure of communities who would become the future leaders in promoting agricultural, health, and social outreach model programs focusing on family and community development to overcome poverty and injustice. Intertwined throughout PAG’s programs is a focus on social justice, a strong Christian commitment and responsibility to the poor who have no voice.
Starting in 12 villages in Central Honduras, PAG initiated literacy, community health care/child survival, and family-based agricultural development, including food security projects. . Later low cost housing was added, installation of community potable water supplies and then, cash crop diversification. Programming eventually expanded further into micro-credit enterprise development, domestic violence prevention, strengthening of communities and municipal governments, rural road construction, management of watersheds, HIV-AIDS education activities, public education and agro-industrial development in more than 500 communities located in the southern part of Cortes, northern part of Comayagua, Belén Gualcho, Ocotepeque and northern Lempira counties (Western Honduras).
This gradual growth and diversification of programming is a direct result of PAG’s commitment to a holistic approach to development work, as opposed to focusing all of its efforts and resources in one area. Having established a lasting presence in some communities for more than three decades, PAG has developed strong relationships and much credibility with community leaders and local governments alike. The strong emphasis on local sustainability has produced model programs in community health-care, agro industrial development and micro business development and credit that have been recognized by world development organizations.
Operating according to five development principles where (1) projects must be initiated by people, (2) development cannot be given away, (3) development involves breaking the cycle of subsistence poverty, (4) projects must be in harmony with the environment and (5) development is not complete without spiritual renewal, PAG is a leading organization that enhances capacities and resources of communities, opening development opportunities in Honduras and benefiting a population of over 3.5 million persons in the last 40 years. This great achievement could not have been possible without PAG’s committed staff who has worked unselfishly to “lending a hand” to their neighbor, and the generous financial support of national and international development agencies, foundations and charitable aid organizations, churches and hundreds of individuals who have trusted in the commitment that the organization has with the Honduran people.
PAG’s story began in the early 1980’s when we began responding to healthcare, water, housing, and food production needs of rural communities in northern Comayagua County. From one original staff person working in a few target villages, Project Global Village (PAG) currently employs 162 people, with only ten staff in the headquarters office in Tegucigalpa and the vast majority of employees distributed among 7 regional offices. Initiating activities in 12 villages, God has richly blessed our work where lives are being positively changed in over 800 communities with our integrated development strategy founded on Christian values.
The following report details the impact of our development programs on families and communities in Honduras. We give thanks first to God for supplying the vision and the resources for what has been accomplished in the last forty years; to our committed staff who has worked unselfishly alongside the millions of beneficiaries of our development projects, and to all our friends, donors, and partners who have supported our relief and development work in Honduras during these many years. Thank you to national and international governments, foundations, churches, NGOs, and many private donors for trusting in our commitment to empowering Honduran families to reduce poverty and to continue to build just, peaceful, and productive communities based on Christian values. May God bless you richly!
Over the years, Proyecto Aldea Global has been recognized for its great work and dedication in solving the needs of the poorest in Honduras to improve the well-being of famcol-sm-1ilies, promoting local sustainability in the communities where their development programs operate.
2022 Ecological Blue Flag Award – Granted by the Honduran Secretary of State's Ministry of Tourism along with the Honduran Tourism Institute to PANACAM as recognition for its efforts in the conservation and management of natural resources, adoption of sustainable tourism practices and community development.
2021 National Human Rights Award – The National Human Rights Commissioner (CONADEH) recognized PAG's DEBORAH Program for its valuable work in carrying out actions to promote, defend and strengthen human rights in Honduras.
2021 30 Wonders of Honduras Bicentenary Edition – The PANACAM National Park, comanaged by PAG, was selected as one of the top 30 wonders of Honduras under the Nature Category.
2019 Business Excellence Award – PANACAM Lodge was awarded The BIZZ Awards by the World Confederation of Businesses, highlighting its excellent work in promoting business development.
2016 Quetglas Awards – The Vincentian Social Works Foundation (OSOVI) gave Chester Thomas, executive director and founder of PAG, the 2016 Quetglas Award for his social career in favor of less favored people living in areas of high poverty, who with his actions has made a difference in the lives of many Hondurans since 1974.
2016 Copan Tourism Award – The Honduran National Chamber of Tourism and the Honduran Institute of Tourism awarded the 2016 National Tourism Award, which is the highest national award for promoting tourism in Honduras, to Proyecto Aldea Global (PAG) and its hotel PANACAM Lodge. The profits from PANACAM Lodge Hotel is used to cover the park’s expenses so that it will be sustainable economically in the future.
2009 National Environment Award – Project Global Village was awarded the highest environmental award in the institutional category. Prize conferred to PAG for its magnificent work in the conservation of the natural resources of PANACAM park.
2006 Environment Award – PAG was awarded second place in the 2006 National Environment Award.
2005 Latin American Health Award – The Panamerican Health Organization (PAHO) awarded PAG the Latin American Health Prize valuing the work of its Community Health Program, specifically it’s Comprehensive Care of the Newborn Child (AIN-C) component. PAG was selected amongst all Latin American countries to receive this award.