By Rosemary Ganley
We were so thrilled to launch our gift catalogue in the fall, just in time for Christmas. The catalogue has so many items that will make a difference in Honduras such as: Textbooks and workbooks, garden barrels, hygiene products, and mattresses to name a few.
Since the catalogue launched we have been able to provide:
8 – Attendance bursaries to girls to help keep them in school
8 – Food bags for families in rural areas
11 – Weeks of healthy lunches for girls at the Reyes Irene Girls School
1 – Mosquito Net and window Screening
1 – Mattress
10 – Textbooks and workbooks for ESL Students
1 – Uniform and Book bag. These are necessary in order to attend school
In addition to this your donations also went towards: play equipment, Christmas gifts, vitamins and medicines for our health care brigades, and funds to go towards the Futures Fund which helps to transition the children out of our children’s village.
With Father’s day around the corner this would be a great way to honour the special men in your life. It could be a gift for your father, son, grandfather or in memory of your father.
These items make great gifts for birthdays, teacher gifts, Christmas gifts and more! Visit www.honduranchildren.com today to select your gift and make a difference. We can also mail you a print version upon request.
Once again you have shared your heart with the hardworking Tias that care for the children day in and day out. With $2000 raised we were able to ensure each Tia and the village Nurse received a bonus. They were so happy to know their friends in Canada care and appreciate all they do for the children.
This past April 19 enthusiastic St. Peter’s students and two teachers traveled to Honduras for a life changing experience.
They had the chance to visit the Nuevo Paraiso Children’s Village and spend time with the children. This year, their project was a water project in a rural village. They were working to build a concrete pad that water tanks will sit on, as well as a fence to keep it safe and clear of pests and animals.
Students Kenzie and Nic described their experience visiting a rural school: “Today we were able to experience something we will never forget. We, along with other students went to a rural school that had never been visited before.”
The students sang their national anthem for the Canadian students. Nic describes the experience and said that “The teacher gave us a speech explaining how grateful she was for us to be there. It was so powerful that it brought all of us to tears. We were shocked at how small the classroom was. Words cannot describe the experiences we have received on this trip, even the pictures you have and will see will never do justice to the real thing.”
Our brigades are life changing! Contact us to find out more information about how you can make a difference in Honduras.
Our brigades have been visiting remote schools in Honduras for years. One thing that the teachers have been asking for is ideas and strategies for teaching math. Our education committee took that request and ran with it!
The timing was perfect because in September 2016, the Ontario Ministry of Education rolled out a renewed math strategy to help students gain math knowledge and skills they will need for the future.
The kits are shared with students and teachers when our brigades travel to Honduras. Each brigade typically visits remote schools and brings supplies and resources to the teachers.
Each kit contains eight or more activities designed to develop number sense and problem solving, through numeration, graphing, counting, measuring, place value and geometry. The colourful and engaging activities are designed to be reusable and adaptable for the many ages in the one room schools.
The committee is anxiously awaiting feedback on the success of the kits and would like to continue this idea next year in the area of literacy.
Thank you to our donors for making this initiative possible.
Ivin and Fany and their two little sisters arrived in our children’s village in 2009. Canadian volunteers were on the ground and picked them up form an overcrowded and severely underfunded government orphanage.
They couldn’t believe it when they saw Fany carrying a garbage bag full of all of their possessions. Everything that these four girls owned fit into one small garbage bag. The girls were very withdrawn and scared, unsure of where they were going. It didn’t take long for them to adjust to life in our children’s village, and now 7 years later they have turned into bright young women, full of potential.
The girls arrived in Canada in January and are adjusting to their new lives here. We are so grateful that Fleming College has partnered with us to reduce the tuition cost, and that a family in Peterborough is providing a home for the girls at no cost to Friends of Honduran Children. With the support of generous sponsors and donors like you, the girls’ dreams have come true.
Thanks to the ESL education they received in the Nuevo Paraiso village, the girls were accepted into the highest level of ESL. They did four months of ESL and will start their programs in September. Fany will study Business and Ivin will study Computer Engineering Technology.
Join us at this fun family event where kids can learn what it is like to be a kid in Honduras.
“Global Kids” event for Friends of Honduran Children.
With your support, the Grace United Church Brigade built more than a new building, they built a legacy. In honour of Knox United Church, and with their generous contribution, this new health center in the village of Vale Arriba is now completed and will soon be accepting patients!!
This beautiful facility will serve over 25,000 people in the surrounding communities. People who have not had access to this type of care. We are forever humbled by the work brigades do, all because of your faithful support! Thank you also, to Knight Design and their crew, for making this dream a reality.
Interested in joining our next brigade? Contact us!
Saturday May 23rd, 2015 was the perfect day at the 26th annual Gilmour Street garage sale. The weather was ideal, front lawns and driveways displayed a variety of wares, and the streets were packed with bargain hunters.
Two locations proudly displayed the blue and yellow banners of Friends of Honduran Children, raising money for our efforts in Honduras: 531 Hunter Street and 496 Homewood Avenue.
We would like to extend our gratitude to Alex and Lorraine for hosting the Education Committee and to Rob and Jennifer for hosting the Adult Awareness Brigade.
The Book Sale Bonanza boasted over 4,500 books at just 50 cents each. There was also fresh coffee for sale, because we all know that coffee and a good book go hand-in-hand! This location raised $617.60! Thank you to those who purchased books and coffee. A special thank you to Derryk Renton who collected and organized the majority of books for us, to Doris Nickson for donating plants, and to all those who donated books for this event. The funds raised go towards education initiatives in Honduras such as providing scholarships to students who cannot afford to attend school. This year, we are able to provide scholarships for 19 full-time students, and 18 part-time students. This was made possible through donors and fundraising initiatives such as this one. For more information about scholarships and how you can help, visit: http://honduranchildren.com/what-we-do/#scholarships
The Homewood Avenue location was a wonderful mixture of fresh coffee and baked goods, books and household items, and perennials for your garden. They raised $1,158.00! Thank you to all who supported us. This money will help to support the projects that the Adult Awareness Brigade will be working on in Honduras this August.
There are about 10 different brigades that travel to Honduras each year to provide medical and health care, education, and to build homes and schools for communities where it is needed most. Money raised helps to make all of this possible. If you would like to learn more about going on a brigade with Friends of Honduran Children, visit our website at www.honduranchildren.com or call the office at 705-749-1900.
Right now, thousands of impoverished, orphaned or abandoned children are struggling for survival in Honduras. Their existence is bleak. For many, everyday life is defined by hunger and neglect, even exploitation or violence. It's an existence of fear, heartache and despair.
But it doesn't have to be that way. With the help of people like you, Friends of Honduran Children has set out to rescue these children from the ravaging affects of hopeless poverty or life on the streets. With your help, we can give them what they urgently need - a home and a future.