From Child sponsorship to health care and building and awareness brigades and much more! Friends of Honduran Children is an organization with a goal of making an immediate difference in the lives of these children. Read more to learn what we do in Honduras.
Thousands of impoverished, abandoned, abused or orphaned children need our help and love. For a little more than a dollar a day, your generosity will help Friends of Honduran Children Child – a grassroots organization whose sole purpose is to assist, educate and empower impoverished children in Honduras – make an immediate difference in the lives of these children now and well into their brighter future.
With the help of a monthly donation, individuals or families work in partnership with other Canadian sponsors to create a safety net of supporters. As each new safety net is created, we are able to rescue another child and immediately give them a safe home and a brighter tomorrow. Our villages are special places where our sponsored children are raised in a caring and loving atmosphere. It is here they grow strong and confident getting the love, care and skills they need to become productive citizens of Honduras.
Together sponsors feed, clothe and house sponsored children. Child sponsorship ensures each child receives an education, medical care, vocational training and life skills. Most importantly, it provides someone to look after them – to love them and give them a chance to realize a better future.
$40 a month or $480 a year. That’s all it takes to rescue a child. As a sponsor, you’ll receive a photograph and details about your sponsored child. You will also receive a yearly update to let you know how well your child is doing. Child sponsorship is fully tax deductible and can be paid monthly or annually. Click here to become a sponsor today!
Futures Fund – Transitioning Children out of our Children’s Village
Sponsors often ask “what happens when my child graduates from high school?” After sponsoring a child for years, many of our sponsors want to continue to help and see that their sponsored child
has the opportunity to reach their dreams, and not simply leave the safety of the children’s village.
We have a made a commitment to raise these children, and to help transition them in the right direction. For some that may be learning a trade, starting a small business, or getting a job, while others have great potential to go to University or College and further their education. A portion of your sponsorship will go towards our Futures Fund to help the children as they transition out of our Children’s village.
Health Care Brigades
A lack of government support for health care, and a serious shortage of adequate facilities, potable water and sanitation services have led to a serious health crisis throughout Honduras. Friends of Honduran Children Medical Brigades, consisting of 16-18 medical professionals, see up to 1,500 medical patients and 500 dental patients during their visit, providing free care to the country’s most vulnerable. Teaching prevention and healthier lifestyles are a key part of making a sustainable difference. Since its inception, over 100,000 Hondurans have received medical attention and over a million dollars in medicines have been dispensed.
If you are a skilled medical professional, and are interested in joining one of our medical brigades please contact
Many of the children’s homes at Sociedad were built by our volunteers. Each year brigades of adults and students travel to Honduras to construct houses, schools and improve facilities for the children. Volunteers come from all walks of life and often have little or no construction background. In addition to new construction, time is spent on village improvements and outreach projects in remote locations, as well as interacting with the children.
Educational and Awareness Brigades
Volunteers of all ages travel to Honduras each year as part of our Education and Awareness Brigades. During their ten day stay at our children’s village, volunteers get the opportunity to gain an awareness of our work in Honduras. Staying near the children’s village gives volunteers the chance to really connect with the children and participate in a variety of activities in the village. Volunteers get the chance to do smaller building projects and visit rural mountain schools to provide support and supplies to the teachers and students.
Join an Upcoming Brigade!
Contact us to find out more or to get involved.
Reyes Irene Valenzuela School for Girls
Girls in developing countries often have limited access to education. The Reyes Irene Valenzuela Project is directed at preventing and eradicating the worst forms of child labor and exploitation. This program provides access to primary and secondary education to young women who are currently working at jobs with limited opportunities and significant potential for abuse. It provides an accelerated program of primary and secondary education to girls aged 12-18, so they can receive an official high school diploma. The girls also receive vocational training in fields such as computer applications, tailoring, computer repair, pharmacy assistant, and community health. Upon completion of the program, graduates may apply for micro loans from Friends to start their own business. Friends of Honduran Children donors can choose to fund the education of a girl at Reyes Irene through a monthly sponsorship plan. Click here to help put a girl in a seat today.
Education & Scholarships
In a developing nation like Honduras, an education can be a child’s only chance to escape a life of poverty. Unfortunately for many of its poorest families, the high cost to send a child to school is an insurmountable obstacle. And yet without it, the most basic necessities of life – food, clothing, housing and medical care – may be forever beyond their means.
At a few hundred dollars per year including school fees, books, uniforms and travel, the cost to send a Honduran child to school can seem like an insignificant amount to most Canadians. With an average monthly income of only $130-$150 US per month however, for many Hondurans it’s an impossible dream to send one child to school, let alone more than one.
Chronically under-funded and ill-equipped describes the desperate state of Honduras’ education system. Combine this unremitting situation with the high cost of sending a child to school and the result is a high illiteracy rate. While just less than half of the children enrolled in public schools complete the primary level, only 30% go on to secondary school. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Honduran youth get the chance to become self-sufficient through a combination of practical training and academic study. We support children in the care of Sociedad with their primary and secondary education, as well as transition to further education or into the working world. We offer scholarships to rural students that allow them to pursue a high school education that includes vocational training. These students attend school either five days a week, or at an accelerated program held on Sundays for those as young as 12 who may have to work all week to help support their families.
Click here to help send a child to school.