While living in Honduras, I invited a few family members to volunteer at a government children’s home in Honduras. They accepted and the week we spent there in May of 2010 planted the seeds that would soon grow into The Children’s Home Project (TCHP). We witnessed much that broke our hearts as we watched the children suffer. The infants only receive attention during their three meager meals a day while they share a crib, bowl and spoon with five other babies. The toddlers only leave their room to quickly eat their food in the cafeteria; then are ushered back to the room to keep them safe from the bigger children. The boys are bullied and beaten multiple times a day by their peers. The special needs children receive no services for their disabilities and wander in center’s yard all day because it’s safer than being near the typically functioning kids.
Seeing what these kids endure daily left me feeling a deep commitment to do something to improve the lives of the children. As I continued to visit the center and began to bring groups of Hondurans and North Americans with me I realized that I cannot do this on my own and that there are many caring, passionate and capable adults and young people who could come alongside me. TCHP was created to bring these people and resources together to change the lives of these children.
TCHP currently works with two children’s homes in Honduras. Nueva Esperanza is a transitional government home with nearly 70 boys and girls between the ages of 0-14 and is located in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Proniño is a long-term, privately funded home with roughly 90 former street boys ages 8-18 and is located in El Progreso, Honduras.