July 26 – August 5, 2018
There are many different ideas of summer service projects. I’m excited that this Summer my service project is with my Church. On July 26th, I’ll be on a plane with my youth group on our way to Honduras to meet students from the ages of 6-18 and learn more about their life, community, and hear what their greatest needs are and how we can help. Throughout the year my school gives me opportunities to serve locally and this experience will help me see how I can serve globally.
El Hogar is an Episcopal program that has been rescuing children from lives of hunger and desperation on the streets of Honduras since 1979 enabling them to break the cycle of poverty and unemployment by providing a home, a nurturing environment, education and a marketable trade. El Hogar operates four different centers in Honduras, which include:
Grades 1-6 – This was the first El Hogar center and has grown from a small rented house in the middle of Tegucigalpa into a four-acre oasis of safety for boys and girls in grades one to six.
Grades 7-9 – The Technical Institute (ITSM) – located on eight acres of land in the Amarateca Valley – is home to over 60 boys in grades seven to nine. The boys study a full academic curriculum and attend workshops specializing in one of three areas: carpentry, welding, and electrical work (includes appliance repair).
Grades 7-9 – The Agricultural School – located one hour outside of Tegucigalpa in Talanga – is home to over 60 boys in grades seven to nine on a 240-acre farm, the boys study sustainable agriculture. After graduation, some continue on with their education or get jobs, and others go back to their own communities to teach sustainable principles to other local farmers. The newest El Hogar campus.
The Girls Grades 7-11 (with an option to continue on to twelfth grade) – live together on the three-acre campus. A house parent lives with the girls and the campus. The girls attend a local private school called Virginia Sap http://www.elhogar.org/about/our-centers/
By listening and learning about the lives of the students and sharing their stories I can be a part of making a real difference. I will learn what it is to live in gratitude for what I have and what I can offer.
Our families are contributing towards the trip. Now we need your help, please donate toward laying a foundation of hope for Honduras’s future leaders. All donations are tax deductable. You can also make a donation through by clicking this link: https://form.jotform.com/incarnationsr/youthmissiontrip
“Come, you who are blessed by the Holy One, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you visited me.” “When did we do these things for you?” “Truly, I tell you as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (Matt 25:31-41)
There is no other place in this community that our children are graced with the opportunity to live into the gospel, to be forever changed in a way that words cannot express but the soul can receive. Now is the time more than ever to recommit; to ensure that future generations of Incarnation teens will continue to be blessed with this experience.