The Work… an overview
When we arrived in Puerto Lempira in 2010, we believed we would be spending all of our time working with 3 homes for orphans and vulnerable children. As the months have passed, God has brought the mission down to a much more clear definition; three things, Discipleship, Education and Sustainable Solutions. We have realized that we can work more effectively in all 3 of these areas through a school. Join us in dreaming about the future. Hopefully, children from each of the homes below and from local villages will be able to attend this school.
MAMA TARA’S ORPHANAGE:
We are privileged to work with Mama Tara’s Orphanage in Puerto Lempira, Honduras. This home for children was started by a woman who is known to all around as ‘Mama Tara.’
Mama Tara is a Miskito woman who was the governor of the province during the Nicaraguan Contra time in Honduran history. She is a strong, beloved woman in the La Moskitia region. Her heart is huge for orphans – both true orphans whose parents are deceased and social orphans whose parents refuse to provide adequate or appropriate care.
Mama Tara’s Orphanage is assisted by a wonderful Board of Directors in the United States who help fundraise through sponsorship programs and other donations. Alex hopes to assist the Board as hands and feet on the ground in Puerto Lempira in whatever capacity is needed. Mama Tara’s will have a full-time missionary living on-site in the fall of 2012. Praise God.
Our role will then become one of support and friendship to this missionary. We will continue to do whatever we can to assist while moving forward in the dream that God has laid on our hearts to begin a school.
Please consider giving to this very worthy cause. For more information on Mama Tara’s Orphanage, please visit www.mamatara.org
When tragedy struck this extended family, 4 sisters joined together to take care of their 25 children. 18 of the children live in a one room house with 2 of the sisters. 8 older children live in another one room house with 2 of the sisters. They have little in the way of material comfort, but they have great, obvious love for one another and a tremendous faith in God. We believe you would be amazed if you could visit this home and hear these children sing praises to God. It is truly an experience.
Currently, Reach Out Honduras has a sponsorship program that provides medical school scholarships for 2 of the older Alastero orphans. ROH also provides 7 high school scholarships for Alastero students and monthly fruits and vegetables to 14 other Alastero children.
The mayor has donated land for the Alastero family to build a large orphanage. We will work with Reach Out Orphanage Ministries to raise funds and coordinate this project. For more information on Familia Alastero, visit Reach Out Orphanage Ministries.
HOUSE OF HOPE:
Dr. Tom Brian has been visiting the La Moskitia region of Honduras for 20 years. He set up a mobile dental office and has conducted many medical/dental mission trips into the remote jungles of La Moskitia. In 2005, he started the House of Hope (Casa Esperanza) as an outreach to disabled children. House of Hope is a home for these children – a place where their basic needs can be met while they await surgery. Dr. Brian has brought countless children to the United States for surgery for such things as cleft palate and club foot. House of Hope also has a school on-site.
We are privileged to work a bit with Dr. Brian and the House of Hope. The House of Hope is run by a wonderful missionary, Katrina Engle. She is an amazing American woman who loves the Miskito people and children with all of her heart. Alex assists with maintenance and other ongoing projects as needed. Currently, the House of Hope has many long-term volunteers who are doing a great job.
For more information on the House of Hope, visit www.send-hope.org.