Students Helping Honduras (SHH) is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that raises awareness and funds to provide opportunities to children in Honduras. Central American Children’s Institute is the sister organization of SHH that carries out all of the projects on the ground in Honduras
We are a small organization run by a small group of very dedicated staff members with the goal of making a huge impact.
The organization began its work in 2006 when Shin Fujiyama and his younger sister Cosmo began raising money on their college campuses for the many orphanages in Honduras.
What began as a small penny drive grew and grew, and eventually Shin, Cosmo, and their friends began raising hundreds of thousands of dollars together through bake sales, car washes, and benefit dinners.
Since then, the organization has built schools throughout northern Honduras, has built a village for 300 people from a shantytown, provides school scholarships to girls, and runs a small children’s home.
The organization hosts nearly 1,000 volunteers from all over the world each year in Honduras, and nearly 100 high school and universities have created SHH Chapters to raise funds and help the organization reach its goal of building 1,000 schools in Honduras.
In 2009, the organization was recognized for its work in Honduras on CNN Headline News, CNN en Español, and Larry King Live. Shin was named a CNN Hero that year.