While living in Honduras, I (Jenny) invited a few family members to volunteer at a government children’s home in Honduras. They accepted and the week we spent there in May of 2010 planted the seeds that would soon grow into The Children’s Home Project (TCHP). We witnessed much that broke our hearts as we watched the children suffer. The infants only received attention during their three meager meals a day while they share a crib, bowl and spoon with five other babies. The toddlers left their room to quickly eat their food in the cafeteria; then were ushered back to the room to keep them safe from the bigger children. The boys were bullied and fought with each other multiple times a day. The special needs children received no services for their disabilities and wandered in the center’s yard all day because it’s safer than being near the typically functioning kids.
Seeing what these kids endured daily left me feeling a deep commitment to do something to improve the lives of the children. As I continued to visit the center and began to bring groups of Hondurans and North Americans with me I realized that I cannot do this on my own and that there are many caring, passionate and capable adults and young people who could come alongside me.
TCHP was created to bring these people and resources together to change the lives of these children. TCHP currently runs or works with two programs in Honduras, as well as kids living on the street. The first is Proniño, a long-term, privately funded home with roughly 40 boys and five girls ages 8-18 and is located in El Progreso, Honduras. The second is a program started by Jilli Schulz called Proyecto Crecer and works with 15 boys and girls from an impoverished community in San Pedro Sula. It is prevention program that seeks to enable the children to remain with their families while giving them the tools needed to break the cycle of poverty.
– Jenny Kast
The Children’s Home Project