The main facility that has been built serves many purposes in the surrounding community. It’s a church for the Christians to meet and worship. We have regular medical clinics at the facility, where families in the community can receive basic health and medical care. It’s utilized for events and community gatherings.
We realized early on the need for education among the youth. We built a small building that houses 3 classrooms; pre K, Kindergarten, and Elementary school. We are recognized by the government as a fully functional school and currently have 60 students attending.
We also recently completed a small building that serves as; a kitchen, from which we provide the children nutritious meals, a storehouse for food and supplies, and a full bathroom where the children can have proper hygiene.
The city dump is a tragic, horrible place, where human misery and suffering is at its darkest. Thousands of people live at the dump. People fight off the buzzards to get at food or anything of value. Many of the children at the dump work to find plastic or paper to be recycled, for which they get 3¢ for a large filled bag. Disease and malnutrition are everywhere.
We started a feeding program at the dump in 2009. We drive in with a truck of food and small bags of water. We feed hundreds at a time, but there’s never enough.
Give Hope to Honduras recently purchased a small 16-acre farm, located above the town of Ojojona, approximately 1-hour south of the capital city of Tegucigalpa, where the ministry has been centralized for the past 17 years.
The property has existing agriculture, livestock, fruit trees, vegetables, and two tilapia ponds. We will be expanding to add additional livestock and tilapia ponds, and significantly increase agriculture production, including a coffee crop. There is a natural spring on the property that provides year-round water.
It has long been the vision for the ministry to have a safe place for kids to live and work, short-term. Many of the kids at the Los Pinos ministry live in a world of violence, abuse, sex trade, drugs, and crime—it is part of everyday life. Hope Farm will be a sanctuary where we can disciple, teach, train, and care for youth, in a structured, accountable, loving environment.
It has also been part of our vision to establish some form of commerce so that the ministry can become more financially self-sustaining. We plan to incorporate multiple forms of agriculture on the farm to provide food for the feeding ministries in Tegucigalpa and agriculture, such as coffee, which can be exported to fund various aspects of the ministry.