Thanks to Carnival Cruise lines and the local Rotary Club here, Santa and Miss Honduras made it to our little island of Roatan. A fun excursion was had by all. While we tend to cringe at the idea of hundreds of gifts being simply handed out, we enjoyed the opportunity to spend the entire day with many of our kids. Christmas here, is about spending time with family and friends, much like in the states. While we are content to be here this season, we do find ourselves reminiscing of past Christmas’s and missing our families.
Our “Eco Rangers” have taken many trips. With the generosity of Anthony’s Key Resort, the kids have had the opportunity to learn about the local animals and habitats on their island. From the cocoa plant to dolphins, we’ve all been learning a lot! Teeming up with BICA’s (Bay Island Conservation Association), pilot program, Eco Rangers, has allowed us to put our efforts into creating a sustainable program. Many of these Eco Rangers have helped “La Playa” begin to take shape. This outdoor recreation space, right on the beach has required numerous beach clean-ups, as well as raking of the seagrass. We look forward to “La Playa” evolving into a place where kids can be kids. Let us know if you’d like to help out financially or volunteer some time working with the kids to help create this space.
We partnered with a local private school, the Alternative School for a “Reading Buddies” program. Children from this school were matched up with some of our kids to take turns reading to each other. We housed them at our center for the morning, where the kids proudly showcased their “home.” Our center has become a place known as Mazapan, which means bread fruit, to the community. There is a huge, beautiful mazapan tree and our building is exactly the same color as the fruit- Bright Green!!!
We are so grateful for all of you, for supporting the work being done here in Honduras. Because of you and your generous donations, the space within “Casa Mazapan” is expanding to take on new programs. The local beach area, is quickly transforming into a safe, recreational area known as “La Playa.” Our sponsorship programs are coming to fruition. We will be in contact with some of you regarding the possibility of being matched to a specific child in need. If this is of interest to you, directly investing in the life of a specific child, please check out our sponsorship page and contact us. Let HOPE prevail in 2011. PEACE BE WITH YOU. Perhaps, you’d like to share in our prayer, so beautifully put by Bob Pierce, founder of World Vision:
“Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.” We pray for soft hearts and that every person may find his or her place in this world.