In February 2008 I went to Honduras for the Dedication of St. Mary’s Institute at the new site in the Amarateca Valley. This was a dream come true as my husband and I were the Executive Directors living in Honduras when we first started looking for a new site so that we could have more space for our boys. Ten years later the dream became a reality.
My husband has been involved with El Hogar since 1980. After I met him in 1990 I was most desirous to experience it for myself. We had been sponsoring a boy by the name of Victor Martinez so I was thrilled to finally meet him in 1992 when we spent part of our honeymoon at El Hogar. We painted and helped where we could and I fell in love with the Project. We were able to have dinner with Victor and spend some time getting to know him.
At the Dedication I was taking in all the new buildings at St. Mary’s when a young man came up to me and said “do you know who I am?” When we lived in Honduras I did know all of the boy’s names and although this handsome young man looked familiar I could not put a name to the face. He then proceeded to pull a photo out of his wallet and it was my sponsored child Victor and myself from 1992.
I could hardly believe it and although I was speechless it didn’t take long to get caught up on his life. He was married and had 3 boys almost the identical ages of my 3 girls. He was working and returned to El Hogar to see some of his old teachers and attend the Dedication. It was a special time for both of us. I was able to drive him back into the city and we talked about his time at El Hogar. Although life is not easy, he told me how important El Hogar wasin providing him with a solid foundation. He is a responsible Honduran citizen bringing up 3 children so that they too can be contributing members of Honduran society.