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Ministry Highlight: Honduras

facts about honduras We first began our ministry in Honduras in 1974 when child development centers were opened in Guatemala and El Salvador.

In 1998, our ministry in Honduras became more official after we responded to the impact Hurricane Mitch had on this country. In 1999, operations began from the Honduras office and the Child Sponsorship Program was started. In 2007, the Leadership Development Program began.

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Today the ministry in Honduras is made up of 175 child development centers and approximately 41,000 children are registered. The Leadership Development Program, now in its third year, is benefiting 57 young people.

During the past 11 years of ministry, we have established solid collaborative relationships with other institutions, local authorities and churches. This has increased the impact on the lives of children.

Country Director

Yolanda Rodas joined the ministry in 2003 as a Partnership Facilitator. She was then promoted multiple times, and in 2010 she was appointed Country Director.

Growing up in an economically poor family, Yolanda’s parents did everything they could to support her and her three brothers. Yolanda and her brothers never suffered from a lack of food, education or love. Even with their own economic difficulties, her family always made room to help the needy.

These values and principles instilled in Yolanda from her early childhood years have prepared her to serve the needy children [3] of Honduras with great passion.

Prior to coming to our ministry, Yolanda worked at a bank as a facilitator and credit analyst for small businesses. Yolanda has a degree in industrial engineering from the National University of Honduras, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Eastern University in Pennsylvania.

Implementing Church Partners

Implementing Church Partners are local churches in Honduras with whom we work to deliver child development programs and ministry in the field.

Child Sponsorship Program

Your sponsorship of a child in Honduras provides a variety of benefits.

Children attend child development centers at different times depending on their school schedules. There are also different times for different groups of children because of the limited size of the center facilities.

Leadership Development Program

Complementary Interventions

Our core Child Sponsorship Program, while comprehensive, does not address all obstacles to a child’s healthy development. The Complementary Interventions program was created to work with our holistic child development model to provide additional services, such as our AIDS Initiative, Bibles for all children, disaster relief and clean water [4].

Typical Complementary Interventions in Honduras include:

Highly Vulnerable Children

The needs of highly vulnerable children in Honduras include:

Children at the Manantial de Vida Student Center in Honduras are taught that they are future leaders of the church. Some of those young leaders are featured in this video created by our staff.