In Honduras, more than half the people live below the national poverty line. Malnutrition, inadequate housing and diseases are prevalent, contributing to serious problems for its citizens. San Pedro Sula is located in the northwestern part of Honduras in the Ulúa River valley. San Pedro Sula is the second largest city in Honduras and is considered one of the most dangerous places on earth outside of a war zone primarily due to gang violence. This violence is an increasing problem and the cause of children’s destitution. Poor and rural communities lack policing and security, therefore, these areas have become a popular drug-and human-trafficking hub. Unfortunately, Honduras has a startling population of orphaned and abandoned children. In 1998, poverty and the orphan crisis grew as a result of the devastation of Hurricane Mitch, which is known to be the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane recorded. The disaster left many homeless and without family. These children are at risk of being recruited to gangs, forced into child labor and human trafficking rings. They need the immediate safety of homes like Hope House to protect them from the vulnerabilities they would otherwise face.
After a devastating natural disaster in a country which already suffered from extreme poverty and an excess of children on the streets, the need for a Christian Home for Children became evident. In September of 2ooo, Hogar Esperanza opened the doors to the first two children. As the home began to grow, a larger section of land was obtained outside the city. In February of 2015, the younger children were moved to the new facility and the original site was converted into transitional homes for the young people who were approaching 18 or older. A school “Academia Cristiana Esperanza” (Hope Christian Academy) was also opened in the same month. This school is designed to to ensure children of the home have access to education as well as for local children of impoverished families. Today, Hope House (Hogar Esperanza) faithfully serves approximately 20 children who are long term residents. Children at Hope House come for many reasons including death of a single parent, death of both parents, abandonment due to poverty, abuse and parents too ill to provide care. No matter the story, Hope House believes that each child deserves to be loved, and that they are not defined by their circumstances.
Serving Orphans Worldwide travels to every orphanage we partner with to ensure needs are legitimate and 100% of funds distributed goes to the livelihood of the children.
This year, we have a goal to help improve the quality of care for these amazing children, and we need your help. Your gift will help provide education, a safe home, health, and adult mentors who can share the Love of Christ. Our promise to you is that 100% will go directly to the home.