Alternativas y Oportunidades (AyO) was created to help where there was the greatest need. The organization's name in English translates to "Alternatives and Opportunities," which is what we strive to offer those who are most in need.
AyO was founded in 1990 when a research project sponsored by Tulane University (USA) began trying to determine the condition of life for street children in Tegucigalpa Honduras. Led by Dr. Donald Kaminsky, the project was carried out by a multidisciplinary team that included elementary school teachers, social workers, psychologists, nurses and doctors.
The design of the project allowed the researchers to get close to the children and gain insight into their conditions.
The project discovered two groups of people who most needed assistance:
1. Children who worked in the markets, either alone or with their parents who worked in the informal sector.
2. Children roaming the main streets of the city who left their homes initially to beg or work, but who over time began living on the streets.
By getting to know the conditions of life for the street children and those working in the markets, the project determined that their main needs were related to health and education. Thus, the project began creating programs that addressed these concerns. With the financial support of both national and international agencies and institutions, the work of AyO began and focused on providing primary health care and education services to children and youth in the markets of Tegucigalpa and its sister city, Comayaguela.