Opportunities to Change a Life…
If you’ve been a friend of Reach Out Honduras for long, you have heard about the Alastero family. Today, we’d like to share more of their family story…
Marina Alastero was an amazing woman of God. After receiving a scholarship to study in the US, Marina spent 5 years receiving a degree. She then returned to her home, here in Puerto Lempira, to help others. Marina had a vision and heart for children in need. She worked many jobs: a statistician at the hospital, taught business classes at night, taught English at her own school and was a mother to her own children. Within a very short period of time, 3 of her 11 siblings and one cousin passed away. Marina took in all of the orphaned children of her siblings and cousin. Her vision… that her entire extended family and their children seek God first and be able to have educational opportunities not limited by their poverty. She prayed openly about this dream and knew that God would provide a way.
To give you a picture of how Marina lived … as she walked to and from town, she would stop and talk to people about her faith. Often, she would be walking along and spontaneously break out in praise songs and others would join in. She taught all of the children in her home how to sing songs to the Lord, memorize Scripture and pray. All of Puerto Lempira remembers Marina Alastero. One life changing many lives.
Shortly thereafter, Marina found out she had uterine cancer. As she was dying, Marina encouraged her remaining sisters (5) to take all the children in, continue to encourage them in Christ and plant in all of them the seeds of education. Marina’s children then became orphans themselves.
Maritza and Leonora are two of Marina’s remaining sisters. They have made Marina’s vision a reality. They are raising 23+ children along with the help of their other siblings. Their living situation is very humble, even by the already-poor Honduras standards. They have a small wooden house and a small concrete house for almost all of the family.
The Alastero family is a talented group of children and aunts. They have a pine needle basket business to support their family. The pine needles are collected in La Mosquitia, the baskets are assembled in their humble home and marketed in Honduras and the US.
Additionally, each of the Alastero children has a special dream for their life. There are those who wish to be teachers, those who dream of being missionaries, 1 who wants to be a trained auto mechanic and 2 who want to go to medical school. Through partnerships with generous donors, Reach Out Honduras has helped 13 of these children move forward toward their dreams.
Tinki pali (Miskito for ‘thank you’) for reading about this incredible family.
YOU can directly impact the young men of the Alastero family.
Melchor and Brian Alastero have dreams to attend medical school. It is a very rare thing for a Miskito child to even imagine themselves capable of ever attending medical school. The doctors here are all from the interior of Honduras or from Cuba. These Christian young men dream of great things, but need your help.
Brian wants to be an MD and Melchor a Doctor of Microbiology. These 2 have a vision to return to La Mosquitia and help their family and their community. These 2 are world-changers! One life changing many lives! Be a part of it!!
Reach Out Honduras hopes to offer Melchor and Brian a scholarship for one year at a time. The scholarships will include one year of living expenses, textbooks, enrollment fees and travel expenses – a total of $350 per month. Medical school tuition itself is almost free.
Every year, grades and conduct will be evaluated before the scholarship is granted for another year.