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David Garcia, Country Director, Honduras

¡Hola! My name is David Garcia, and after serving as OneChild’s Regional Program Support Manager for two years, I left that role in January 2021 to become the Country Director in Honduras. I cannot express how thankful I am for the heart you have for the children here.

Our Hope Centers’ responses to the global pandemic have been diverse and innovative, and the practices we implemented in 2020 are still in place today. Live classes are conducted virtually, teachers record video and audio sessions for other lessons, and children without internet access receive printed learning materials. Along with educational support, Child Champions have supplied struggling, out-of-work families with food relief packages, preventative medicines, and regular well-being check-ins. This personal outreach has reinforced to our kids how important they are and has inspired some of them to share what this attention has meant to them, as they correspond with their sponsors.

The continuous, open communication between children and their sponsors has been one of the brightest spots in their lives lately. Letters asking questions about how they are and letting them know that they’re being prayed for show children that they are not alone — that there is someone on this journey with them. These affirmations and assurances have a longer-lasting impact than any material gift and show that a person far away, simply motivated by love, is interested in them. And that gives children HOPE!

Although they have been able to stay in touch with their Child Champions and keep up with schoolwork, our children are excited to return to their Hope Centers. These warm and welcoming spaces provide the one-on-one attention kids need to grow and develop and offer opportunities to learn skills that they can use in their communities. They are places where children’s voices can be heard, their ideas considered, and their accomplishments celebrated. They are where the kids can gather with the friends they’ve made — friends they feel safe with and who want the best for them, unlike the gangs and drug dealers in their neighborhoods who would try to recruit them.

The local church has always been instrumental in our work, and it is taking on an even more important role these days. Too many of the children in our Hope Centers are still waiting for a sponsor to care about and believe in them, so church members are stepping in as “spiritual sponsors” to pray for, advise, and mentor these kids in the meantime. Because of this love, the children in our program are experiencing a richer experience. They are staying engaged and avoiding unhealthy activities and relationships.

They are growing up with confidence in God’s plan for their lives and given the tools to contribute to their communities and create stable households for themselves once they’ve graduated. They are able to see a path forward where they can serve as the guiding influence in another child’s life. But kids in Honduras can’t do any of this without the support of caring sponsors and donors.

If you have a friend or family member who might want to invest in a child from Honduras — show them what God’s love can do and give them a chance for a better tomorrow — please encourage them to sponsor a child from Honduras at my.onechild.org/sponsor/Honduras today!

Shalom,

David Garcia

Country Director, Honduras

About Honduras

Child Champions in Honduras tell us about their country.

Honduras is a country in Central America known for a fusion of Spanish, Caribbean, and African cuisines and an impressive variety of scenery. Mountains, tropical forests, clear blue water beaches, and the largest coral barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere make Honduras a biodiversity hotspot because of the many plant and animal species that call it home. But the nation’s economy is primarily agricultural, making it vulnerable to natural disasters.

The devastating impact of hurricanes primarily affects poor rural areas where the destruction of farms leads to food insecurity. Deforestation from logging has also caused land degradation and soil erosion, and the largest source of fresh water in the country as well as other rivers and streams have been polluted by heavy metals due to mining.

Ramshackle homes dot the rural Honduran landscape.

Most Hondurans earn the equivalent of $3 or less a day. Over 60% of the population lives in poverty, with 40% being in extreme poverty. People from the countryside often migrate to the cities in search of opportunities that are not available. Households typically are headed by a single parent, and far too many children suffer from domestic violence because of family disintegration and financial strain. Weak health and educational systems leave children with nowhere to turn, so they often find themselves resorting to theft or being targeted by gangs and drug cartels to join in illegal activities as a means to survive.

But OneChild is there to bring HOPE. In Honduras, bringing hope to hard places has a certain look. It looks like a Child Champion standing in for an absent parent. It looks like providing fresh meals to children who do not receive them at home. It looks like saving the lives of children from preventable diseases that they would not recover from without the intervention of quality health care. It looks like a child realizing that their current surroundings — filled with gang violence, drugs, and other illegal activities — are not all that they can expect from life. It looks like children being restored through a relationship with a loving God so they can build a bright future. And with your help, we can make this possible!

Honduras Hope Centers

 

Three Honduras boys smiling

Thankfully, OneChild provides a way out of this cycle of violence and poverty, serving the communities facing the most extreme deprivation and providing children with the encouragement, guidance, and basic resources they need to overcome the challenges they face. Nutritious meals, quality educational and vocational opportunities, health care, the love of Child Champions, and the involvement of the local church support children’s overall development and well-being so that they know change is possible — so that they have a reason to HOPE.

 

Several OneChild Honduras children

If Honduras is to thrive as a country, the next generation must adopt a new mindset. They will have to believe that they can make a difference in their own lives, their families, and even their nation. They will need to rely on God’s provision to make this happen. And OneChild will be there to help them discover their full potential, become the leaders of tomorrow, pursue any goals they have for the future, and, with a heart of gratefulness, give back to their communities.

We are accountable to the children we serve AND to our donors.

Our accountability to our donors is one of our highest priorities. Our goal is to use the funds entrusted to us as wise stewards. To do this requires continued monitoring of our fund distribution. OneChild is also a member in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)