Mario Mejia Sanchez and Carlos Fernando Cruz Guevara arrived at El Hogar in 1998, both coming from homes around Tegucigalpa. “Our homes were one room houses that we shared with our brothers and sisters,” Mario describes. “I have five siblings and Carlos has four. Our mothers both worked as best they could, but that meant that we were left on our own during the day.”
Mario’s mother left the house at five in the morning and walked to work every day. It often took her an hour and a half to get to work at a chicken processing plant. She came home at eight at night and then did the family laundry. Carlos’ mother made tortillas and sold them on the street. He often helped sell the tortillas.
“We were amazed at what we found at El Hogar,” continues Carlos. “…we each had our own bed, we had the supplies that we needed – school and good food. We always missed our families, but felt the love and security of El Hogar immediately.”
“Graduation left us with a great sense of accomplishment and a certainty about our preparedness for life in Honduras. We both reflect on our time at El Hogar Projects with fondness and pride. It instilled in us a firm moral foundation and a clear skill set to succeed. It has helped us in our relationships with our own families and we now are able to provide financial support to our families.”
Mario has been able to move his mother from her rented one room to a house that he has purchased. Carlos is married now with a young child. Both men hold administrative roles in the Honduran Army.
“We often think of our time at El Hogar Projects and our family here. We include our padrinos (sponsors) in these reflections as well.” Mario still has a picture and Christmas card from his sponsors in the U.S. and remembers clearly his godmother’s visit to Honduras to see him.
“We ask your support in helping others achieve what we have achieved here through El Hogar,” encourages Carlos. “We are deeply grateful.”
– Featured in the Fall 2013 EHMI Newsletter