The Friends of El Hogar support two street children's charities in Honduras, Central America. We grew out of a volunteer visit in 2000 and fund-raise every year, principally through a concert series in the Bristol area. Our two projects, both based in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, are El Hogar de Amor y Esperanza (The Home of Love and Hope) and Project Micah.

"Every child has a right to a name, a nationality
and to live with a loving family" (Tegucigalpa 2003)

Street children's projects in Honduras, Central America

Of the countless thousands of homeless Latin youngsters from Mexico through Central America down to Argentina, around 9000 are said to live on city streets in Honduras.  Some are finding their way to care in good homes like El Hogar de Amor y Esperanza and Project Micah.  For many more, survival on the streets is extremely hard.  Casa Alianza Honduras reports that over 3500 children and youth have been killed on the streets of Honduras since monitoring began in February 1998.

El Hogar provides a loving home and education in a Christian environment for abandoned, orphaned and hopelessly poor boys and girls.  Founded in 1979, it currently consists of a home and school for the youngest children from around 4 to 14 years old, a farm school, and a technical institute - a beautiful new one in the country was opened in 2007 to replace the old, worn-out city-centre one - where older boys train to become welders, electricians, carpenters and, soon, car mechanics.  Thus they are assured of skills helpful in earning a living, and employers are keen to hire them. Girls have arrived only recently at El Hogar - just last year! The first cohort of 6 girls came to live at El Hogar in a 'pilot project' which began in January 2007. All has gone very well with the girls, who have brought new life and vivacity to the Home which was for so long for boys alone. Soon, no doubt, El Hogar will be devising careers programmes for the girls to equip them - like the boys - to earn a good living and support their families when they graduate from El Hogar in the years ahead.

Project Micah opened in January 2000 following the closure of Casa Alianza's 2 group homes due to lack of funds.  Currently, the Project supports 24 young men.  These courageous young people, all of whom spent anguished childhoods on the streets or in impoverished homes, are now learning to become Christian leaders through discipleship, formal education, and opportunities to serve others who are in need.  It is very moving to see their hard-won transformation from ragged, desperate, glue-addicted street children to caring outreach evangelists-cum-social-workers, helping their former colleagues still on the streets to find hope and material care with the help of other local feeding and clothing centres. Project Micah's goal is to support its young men as they learn to 'act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with their God' (Micah 6:8) and The Friends of El Hogar are proud and privileged to help them.

From Christmas 2006 to Spring 2007 we in Bristol had the privilege of having with us Darwin Pavón, a Project Micah young man who won a scholarship to study at the Pan-American School of Agriculture in Honduras - Zamorano. Darwin lived and studied here with Portishead dairy farmer John Redman and his family, helping on the farm as part of his university 'practicals' placement. Having Darwin with us was a dynamic, uplifting, learning and sharing experience for everyone involved. Now, having graduated well from Zamorano, he has an excellent job which helps him to support his whole family. This is very, very pleasing for both the British and the Hondurans. How wonderful it will be if such a thing happens again and our British friendship with Hondurans grows even closer!

If your heart is moved by our mutual endeavours - both of the Hondurans and of the Friends of El Hogar - please do contact us on 01275 810126 or by email. We would love to hear from you!