In 2008 we began to develop a relationship with the group of schools in Honduras called el Hogar de Amor y Esperanza. Run by the Episcopal Church in Honduras, these schools offer community, education, food and housing to children ages 6-20. There is a coeducational grade school in Tegucigalpa, and a technical school and school of agriculture for boys outside the city.
The staff of the schools invite parishes from the U.S. to share in the life of the schools by visiting and volunteering. They find that the students and visitors are mutually fed by living, eating, working, learning and praying together.
In June 2009 we visited the grade school in Tegucigalpa. We helped run the vacation week camp for boys and girls ages 6-12. Our favorite parts were playing soccer, making friendship bracelets and practicing judo with the students. In August 2010 we sent a group to the Agriculture School in Talanga, where we helped rebuild a chicken coop for 200 new chicks. Our favorite parts were playing basketball after dinner and using a machete as a chisel, saw and hammer! In June 2011 we went back to the Agriculture School and cleaned pig stalls, scraped roofing tiles, gathered chickens and eggs, and planted tomatoes! Our favorite parts were rowdy Pentecost singing and a spontaneous Honduran dance party!
Our next mission, June 15-22, 2012, is open to students and adults, and are primarily funded by beach parking fundraisers! (Parent contribution is $250, plus passport and vaccination costs.)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join us!!
For more information about el Hogar go to: www.elhogar.org