Author Archives: Richard Lakin

About Richard Lakin

Richard Lakin is the co-founder of 18 rabbits digital media. Named after the Mayan king (695-738 AD) who supported the arts during his reign in Central America, 18 rabbits digital media promotes social entrepreneurs, international development, educational institutions, NGOs, corporate social responsibility, non-profits, and community outreach projects through a strategic program of multimedia and internet distribution.

The $1,000 NGO social media project

the epilogue of a shoestring-budget communications campaign  This past February I started this WordPress blog for the Organization for Youth Empowerment in Honduras. The object of this campaign was two-fold: 1)  to advance the global visibility of this small, but … Continue reading

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¡Adiós!

This marks the conclusion of the OYE Social Media Project. The time spent with OYE in Honduras will stay with me forever; the walk through the market every morning on my way to their office, the interns that I worked … Continue reading

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An analysis of social media platforms for NGO visibility

As we near the end of this project, it’s time to look at the stats and see which social media platforms were most effective. The four most effective sources of hits to the site were: Facebook: 37% LinkedIn: 23% Search … Continue reading

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Get off your butt and change the world

We are nearing the completion of our campaign to raise the visibility of The Organization for Youth Empowerment. While I was in Honduras doing the field portion, I remembered an editorial about humanitarian work that I read in the UK … Continue reading

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the OYE documentary

This is the story of four extraordinary young women. It’s easy to slip into hyperbole when writing an editorial like this, but “extraordinary” is the appropriate description. Occasionally you come across people who make a lasting impression on you, and … Continue reading

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¡muchas gracias!

  The Organization for Youth Empowerment (OYE) extends its many thanks to TACA Airlines, especially Roberto Kriete and Zulma Granados, for providing 12 OYE volunteers with reduced airfare so they could fly from New York City to Honduras to carry out a … Continue reading

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OYE’s Sandra Fiallos Selected to Represent Honduras at the One Young World Conference in October

OYE scholar Sandra Fiallos has been selected to represent Honduras at the third annual One Young World conference in Pittsburgh from October 18-22. She will be going as a fully sponsored delegate.   http://www.oneyoungworld.com/giveaway/ From One Young World Conference: “The One Young … Continue reading

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Rosa’s story-the director’s cut

Early in our project, we presented the story of Rosa Yorleni Sevilla, an OYE scholar who nearly missed out on attending high school because of her family’s economic circumstances. Hers is truly a story of transformation…going from a life without … Continue reading

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RACE 4 OYE

  Following the success of three marathon runners who sponsored OYE in 2010, a fundraising initiative called RACE 4 OYE has been born. RACE 4 OYE provides an opportunity for athletes to “race” and raise money for OYE’s scholarship program. … Continue reading

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on being an “at-risk” youth

  OYE scholar Sandra Fiallos talks about being characterized as an “at-risk” youth in Honduran society.

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What is OYE?

  We asked OYE scholars to describe what OYE means to them in one word.

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Put a cute dog picture on your WordPress blog to drive traffic

There are a lot of things that I miss about El Progreso, Honduras now that I’ve returned to the US…buying bananas by the dozen in the Centro, having a morning fruit licuado http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Licuado from the place across the street from the hotel. I … Continue reading

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Justin Eldridge Otero, Co-founder of OYE

  Justin gives an overview of OYE’s program.

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We invite the world to participate! ¡Invitamos al mundo que participe! Wij nodigen de wereld uit om deel te nemen! Nous invitons le monde pour participer! Wir laden die Welt ein, um teilzunehmen! Προσκαλούμε τον κόσμο για να συμμετέχουμε! Invitiamo il mondo per partecipare! 私達は加わるために世界を誘う! Nós convidamos o mundo para participar! Мы приглашаем мир для того чтобы участвовать! 我们邀请世界参与!

an update on our global social media initiative Much has happened during the three weeks that I visited the Organization for Youth Empowerment in El Progreso, Honduras.   We’ve been featured on  various news sites, and The Huffington Post ran … Continue reading

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Oriel’s story

Oriel Eunice Diaz is a scholar in the Organization for Youth Empowerment/El Progreso, Honduras

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HuffPost and Latina Lista run editorials on the OYE social media project

“The Ethics of Storytelling: Documenting Change in Honduran Youth” “Going Global on a Shoestring and a Smartphone”

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Neris’ story

  Education empowers youth in Honduras.

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Dance to end world hunger!

From El Progreso, Honduras…a few hours ago.   This event is called “Alto al Hambre” or “End Hunger,” and is an initiative begun by the international NGO World Vision (Visión Mundial). World Vision established an office in El Progreso about … Continue reading

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our video shoot in Campos Bananeros, Honduras

Yesterday, we drove the long, dusty road to the home of Neris Avila, an OYE scholar who studies commerce in el Perla High School. She lives about an hour and a half outside of El Progreso in Campos Bananeros, the … Continue reading

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An interview with Gerald Omar Velasquez, OYE scholar & coordinator of the Arte La Calle program

From El Progreso, Honduras earlier today:   Nineteen year-old Gerald Velasquez’s family didn’t want him to pursue an education, encouraging him to find work instead…but he persisted on his own. Today he is attending  a university in San Pedro Sula, and … Continue reading

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