Orphan Outreach is partnering with ministry programs in Tegucigalpa, the slums of Nueva Suyapa and the city dump in Tegucigalpa. Read below to learn more about our partner programs in Honduras and how you can get involved.
There are approximately 300 children working at the dump in Tegucigalpa – some as young as 5 and 6 years of age.  They collect trash to sell and make less than a dollar a day.  They face the challenges of disease, forced child prostitution, and death – a life with little hope.  That is the reality that Jeony Ordonez saw when he brought his 5 year old daughter to the dump to dispose of some trash.  His little girl begged him to help the children and that is how AFE was started.  The ministry started addressing the educational and spiritual needs of the children on the dump site and then across the street next to a soccer field under a tree for several years.  A mission group built two buildings where they were meeting under the trees and the government gave them the right to the land.  Two more buildings are being built, a kitchen/cafeteria and a high school building.  God is blessing Jeony’s faithfulness and his daughter’s compassion.

The school has classes from Kindergarten to high school and serves approximately 120 students.  Many of the children still are forced to work at the dump but are in classes at least half a day.  Orphan Outreach is working with Jeony on Social Justice ministry to advocate to chance the laws so no more children will be able to work in the dump.  Orphan outreach is working in collaboration with AFE in providing operational funds for the school, providing funds for connecting electricity to the campus, and other construction projects.  On mother’s day Orphan Outreach, AFE and Washington Cathedral Church provided a celebration for mother’s of the children from the dump.

Ministry Opportunities
Mission trip opportunities for VBS, sports camps, teacher training, construction and evangelism.
Financial assistance for operations. AFE needs monies for salaries of teachers so they can hire more quality teachers for the children.
Financial assistance for constructing new high school building and for capital items for the school such as computers, desks and other educational supplies.
Pray for Jeony and his wife as they provide leadership to the ministry and for the children they serve.
The Proverbs 22:6 School started with a dream of a young girl who lived in the worst slum of Tegucigalpa.  Reyna, the founder of the school, had a dream as a young girl to start a school for the community where she grew up.  She worked her way through school and became a teacher, saving her money so she could start the private Christian school.  Her ultimate goal is to train up the children to be ambassadors for Christ in the mission field.

Proverbs 22:6 has approximately 75 students and serves the local community and children from the Nueva Suyapa slum.  Orphan Outreach works in collaboration with Proverbs 22:6 to provide operational funds so that orphans can attend the school from the slums of Tegucigalpa.  Our prayer is that we will be able to assist Reyna in expanding the school and enhancing the curriculum that is provided for the students.

Ministry Opportunities
Mission Trips ministering to the kids through VBS, teacher training, and work projects.
Financial resources for operational funds and educational items such as computers and teaching and student supplies.
Financial support for construction needs and urgent repairs.
Financial resources to expand the school to higher grade levels.
Prayer for Reyna and the staff as they teach and mentor the students.Pray for the students that they do well in school and that are directed by the Lord as to His will in their life.
El Verbo is a ministry of Ministerios Cristianos de Mayordomía (MCM).  It is located in Nueva Suyapa which is a slum considered by most to be the worst in Tegucigalpa.  Nueva Suyapa started in the 1960’s as an extension of Aldea de Suyapa.  It got its name because it was a place of pilgrimage for Catholic’s who honored the Virgin of Suyapa whose statue is believed to have been found there centuries ago.  The area had about 2,000 residents until hurricane Fifi in 1974 when the government allowed displaced people from the hurricane to build there.  The population quickly grew to 30,000 with little infrastructure to support the residents.  It was in the midst of this crisis that MCM started to work.  In 1994 they started El Verbo Christian School.

El Verbo Christian School has approximately 750 students from kindergarten to 12th grade.  They had their first graduating class May 2007 and many of the students went on to college.  Orphan Outreach has provided school supplies, vitamins, a new play ground, and educational supplies.  We are in the process of evaluating other projects to collaborate.

Ministry Opportunities
Mission Trips providing VBS, sports camps, teacher training, medical ministries and work projects.
Financial assistance for operations of the Kindergarten and prepa grades in order for more students to be served.
Financial assistance for urgent needs for the school and repairs or renovations.
Prayer for the students and the staff who ministers to them.  Prayer for more financial assistance for the school overall.
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Facts About Honduras
Population: 7,483,763 (2007)
Birth Rate: 27.59 births/1,000 population
Death Rate: 5.32 deaths/1,000 population
Infant Mortality Rate total: 25.21 deaths/1,000 live births
Population below poverty line: 50.7% (2004)
Est. # people living with HIV/AIDS: 63,000; 1.5% adult (15-49) prevalence rate (2005)
Unemployment rate: 27.8% (2007)
Literacy Rate (age 15 + can read & write): 80% total population (2001)
Estimated 180,000 children (0-17) orphaned (2005)
Type of Government: Democratic Constitutional Republic
Language(s): Spanish; indigenous languages
Religion: Roman Catholic (97%), Protestant (3%)
Honduras is located in Central America, and is bordered by Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua and has Caribbean and Pacific coasts.
Honduran society is rife with economic inequality. Malnutrition, poor housing and infant diseases are widespread.
UNICEF estimates that there are more than 180,000 orphans in Honduras.
Only 43 percent of children enrolled in public schools complete the primary level. Of all children entering the first grade, only 30 percent go on to secondary school, and only 8 percent continue to the university.
Figures cited by the Ministry of Education suggest that Honduras suffers from widespread illiteracy (more than 40 percent of the total population and more than 80 percent in rural areas).
Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America, and one of the poorest in Western Hemisphere with 53% of the population living below the poverty line.
Honduras was devastated by Hurricane Mitch in 1998. At least 10,000 people were killed and millions were left destitute. The damage was estimated at $3 billion, setting development back by decades.
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