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Ministry Highlight: Honduras
Posted By Web Team On November 18, 2011 @ 12:20 am In Country Staff | 3 Comments
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.
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.
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  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.
Churches have had cluster-level meetings to strengthen church networks and foster best practices. Some partnerships have resulted in discounts on purchases as well as donations and support for children with special needs.
During the radio show, center staff, pastors, children and experts have shared their thoughts on various child-related topics. The purpose is to encourage and challenge other churches to do more on behalf of children living in poverty.
An important part of partner development is the opportunity for new and existing center staff members to learn and observe best practices from other partners. We call these churches “mentor” churches. Mentor churches are Implementing Church Partners that have been effective in the management and implementation of the Child Sponsorship Program.
New and existing partners visit mentor churches to learn practical ways to effectively implement the Child Sponsorship Program. Also, we have selected “Field Guides” from different areas who guide and advise church partner staff in holistic child development. They are responsible for various trainings, such as accounting, sponsorship issues, curriculum and health.
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.
A meal consists of meat, cereal, vegetables, fruit and natural juice. These meals are nutritionally balanced and prepared by trained staff. Children who are suffering from malnutrition get extra rations or are given additional nutrients per a doctor’s instructions.
Our goal is to provide the children with nutritious food every time they attend the center because food is not provided at school.
Tutors have a certification as “Educators in Preschool Education” and they implement this specialty curriculum along with the certified curriculum.
Implementing Church Partners make an effort to identify training needs and seek ways to provide for these needs.
We offer a variety of activities for adolescents, including sports and music. We also offer vocational training in such areas as beauty, baking, welding and computers.
Other public and private entities offer training in electric work, woodworking and automotive repair.
Public institutions that offer vocational skills training require the beneficiaries to purchase some materials, but the overall costs of the courses are absorbed by the government.
Leadership Development Program
They also serve children in their neighborhoods, volunteer for health campaigns, and evangelize in their communities.
They also have occasional get-togethers for birthdays and other special celebrations.
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 .
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.
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