Mr. Goodkat: The reason I’m in town, in case you’re wondering, is because of a Kansas City Shuffle. Nick: What’s a Kansas City Shuffle? Mr. Goodkat: A Kansas City Shuffle is when everybody looks right, you go left. I’m sure the Kansas City Shuffle has something to do with football (americana) or lacrosse or some…

“That kid over there said he used to be in Proniño.”  Sure enough, there was Alfredo*.  I chatted with the boys I had come to see (who all happily live in a home outside Progreso), then crossed the street.  Alfredo.  Pleased to see me, but with a bit of embarrassment seeping out of his smile….

I have gotten the impression that mission statements are an important part of having a non-profit.  (And don’t worry, we have one.)  But do you have any idea how difficult it is to pack all of what you do, all of what you want to accomplish as well as a brief summary of the population…

The story part of this post today is going to be relatively small.  And the quotes are going to be relatively long.  But how do you cut out sentences that are packed with so much wisdom?  My decision today is that you don’t.  You write the words that have so profoundly affected you and you…

Being a gringa in Honduras means that I will be stared at.  I’m almost to the point where it doesn’t even feel rude.  I’m just more careful here than in the States to make sure that my face doesn’t have food stuck to it or that my zipper isn’t down.  Those things would be noticed…

Weeks ago I had an hour and a half long conversation with my mom in which I amply depressed her with story upon story about what some of the boys have experienced.  At one point she asked what we really can expect of kids that have been treated so unfairly?  How can we expect them…

What defines a family?  How much safety is necessary?  What is the exact ratio of bad things to good things a child must experience before it’s justifiable to take him from his mother?  And how do you weigh the negative impact of a crack addicted father on the street against lying in a crib with…

There is a boy in Catrachos that wants this so badly.  But I am confident that at some point he will fail.  Most likely numerous times.  He is addicted to huffing glue.  And stumbling and falling is part of the process.  But his desire to overcome is so raw and real.  I wish I could…

Over the last year and a half I have been spending more and more time with the kids living on the street.  (If you’re a regular reader of this blog, I’m sure this is news to you.)  And I’m noticing a very frustrating pattern.  You have the super cute six to twelve year old’s who…

I recently finished a book called “Almost Home:  Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope.”  This was one of my favorite Christmas gifts this year as I was pleasantly surprised that Sean’s cousin’s husband, Matt, took my wish list seriously and gave me this book along with “A Framework for Understanding Poverty” and “Good to…

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