Ellen Finn at projectschoolsupplies.org is doing wonderful work in the mountians above the area called Copan Ruins. Ellen repairs schools and provides school supplies to children in these very rural schools near the Guatemalan border. We funded two roofs and look forward to working with Ellen for many years. On our latest trip we inagurated a bridge that will allow children to cross the river during rainy season to attend school. We committed to a latrine and small water project.
We take down lots of school kits every time we go to Honduras. It is the only "gift" that most of these children will ever receive. They are thrilled to receive the kits which contain colored pencils or crayons, erasers, pencils, sharpener, glue stick and children's scissors. Thanks to all of the church and youth groups who have donated these very useful tools.
Amigos helped fund the school that is operated by Helping Honduras Kids (David Ashby). It is built on top of a steep hill. Some children walk as long as two hours each way, each day. It is an incredible setting! Each child receives a nutricious meal each day.
Olman Flores runs a great orphanage near La Ceiba. They have 16 small houses and about 140 children. We have visited this great facility every trip to see "our kids". Olman indicated that SOS is having water problems so our engineer is visiting to see how we can help. We are now doing a water project to provide fresh, clean, cool water to these great kids.
Valerie Nelson left the tropics of Canada intent on helping in some way in Roatan. She has developed an HIV awareness clinic. She is saving lives of children born to HIV mothers by providing formula for the babies. Amigos helps Valerie by sending shipments of clothing and formula. We are also helping to fund the purchase of a home for one of the HIV mothers. Valerie also built a home for infants called The Morgan Jayne Project. She is a wonderful lady that does incredible work! We have started teaming with her having a big lunch and party for these great people at the Bananarama. It is a blast!
Doctor Black has moved from Texas to help Hondurans. He has opened a medical clinic up the Cangrejal River near La Ceiba. He also tries to provide a glass of milk a day to the children. David has also started soccer teams for the youth. We provide the uniforms and soccer balls for these teams and try to keep the clinic stocked with medicine.
Charlie and Amalia run the new child care center in El Porvenir. Amigos provided the materials for the building. Eve Horowitz finds volunteer to help them with this great project. The children get instruction and a meal each day.