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A Tale of Two Paths

I sat with a small group of students recently, scanning through pictures to pass the time before dinner. Such reminiscing is a fulfilling experience, regardless of culture or background. Few of us truly enjoy the slide shows of others, their trips to foreign lands or nephew’s wedding, but those shared with our own families or friends seem to awaken in us an important recognition
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Mothers

  Teaching Students and Mothers at El Hogar We repeatedly state that our goal in Honduras is to take these most desperate children and restore in them the capacity to serve as productive members of Honduran society. Ideally, this means having a child graduate from our program and being able to find appropriate employment or continue along the path of education at the University. But
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How does El Hogar select its students? Find out…

                The emergence of hope is an awesome spectacle   As the cooler weather settles in during the month of January here in Tegucigalpa, sometimes reaching lows around 50 degrees, the children of El Hogar will bundle up in sweaters and knit caps as they assemble for breakfast. While some of you in North America may not see
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Life begins

November 24, 2014 Part Four of Fernando’s story After that weekend of detention, Fernando’s teachers can see in him something new. They offer him tutoring help with his classes and Fernando eagerly accepts it. Slowly classwork gets easier. Fernando begins to have friends and his rebelliousness turns more into playful mischievousness. Never receiving another detention, during his weekends at home Fernando offers to help his
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Something turns

November 17, 2014 Part Three of Fernando’s story Fernando finds himself alone much of the time during his weekend of detention. Now that he can’t see them, he longs for his mom and brothers. Even if all he gets to eat at home during the weekend is a few cold tortillas, his family provides familiarity. Here, at El Hogar, he is miserable. Fernando knows that his
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A new struggle

November 10, 2014 Part Two of Fernando’s story Through a friend Belkis learns of a school that accepts young students who live in dire poverty, a school and residence that requires no money of her – El Hogar. Belkis brings home an application for Fernando to fill out but anguishes over his bad grades and even whether the family is actually poor enough to qualify. Belkis does
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The call of the streets

November 4, 2014 The call of the streets Part One of Fernando’s story The streets of San Pedro Sula, second largest city in Honduras, teem with anger, violence and despair. These hot, dirty streets are familiar to Fernando Jose Vayejo Baca. Yes, his mom Belkis, and two younger brothers share a small shack made of rough boards and plastic, and Fernando is supposed to
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Service Team Blogs

Read stories from recent service team members. A service team from St. Luke’s in Burlington, Ontario traveled to El Hogar March 1-7, 2014. Click here to read their blog. A Service Team of 14 women from The Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, MA traveled to El Hogar the week of March 2-9, 2013 . Click here to read their blog. A Service Team from The Parish of
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