Things are changing once again here at GiveHope2Kids. We've said goodbye to two more great volunteers, rainy season is finally here, school is out for the year, and our kids just keep getting bigger!
Everyone is so excited to have a little more freedom in their day, without school uniforms and strict schedules. We just celebrated kindergarten graduation with our group of younger kids. We are so proud of our little ones!
The older kids are enjoying more responsibility around the property. They've been working on picking fruit, feeding the pigs, and other small agriculture projects.
However, they're most excited for our new egg-laying hens. They'll be in charge of collecting eggs for the property. (Please check out our Gift Catalog and consider donating towards these chickens.)
The younger kids around the property are spending more and more time outside swimming, playing soccer, or riding bikes.
As this school year came to an end, we've said goodbye to some helpful volunteers. Kaitlen was here for 2 years, teaching both our kids and in the community. We want to thank her for all of her hard work and the positive impact she made on the community. She plans to continue serving in Honduras in the future and we certainly wish her all the best!
Many of you will be asking, "Who is Mayra?," so let us tell you the story.
You see a couple of weeks ago, we got a call from Honduran social services and they asked if we could give Mayra, then 14, a temporary home. We went to meet her and decided that we would like to help her for this time. She's been living here since, and is most often found laughing with our other teenage girls.
After a couple weeks with us, it was Mayra's 15th birthday. This is the most important birthday in a girl's life, so we wanted to bless Mayra with a quinceanera party to celebrate. We got her the necessary fabulous dress and very high heels and threw her a party!
Recently our 6th graders had the chance to take the entrance exam for Instituto El Rey. This school is near and dear to our hearts, as it's where Give Hope 2 Kids got its footing, working in Honduras. They provide a great, Christian education to 7th-12th graders, and it's definitely where we hope for our kids to be.
Instituto el Rey (IER) offers about 40 seats to the incoming class each year. That's only 40 spots for all of the Cangrejal River Valley where we live. Talk about competitive!
Currently, we have our six teenage girls attending IER. But we are very excited to announce that starting in 2016, three more members of the GH2K family will be riding the IER bus everyday!
And last, but not least, was Abi. Abi is Ruby's youngest sister, and we have loved being a part of her life over the years. When we first started helping this family of sisters, Abi, the youngest, was only two years old. Now she's grown up into a lovely and intelligent young lady.
We are very proud of these three -- they've worked hard. And of course, we want to say a special thank you to our teachers, especially Kati, who tutored these kids and made sure they were ready for their exam.
We are so excited to see how Carlos, Javier, and Abi continue to grow and mature at Instituto El Rey! If you would like to support Carlos and Javier in this next stage of their life, please click the button below.
We would like to introduce you to Carlitos who has been part of our Give Hope 2 Kids family for almost 4 years. It's been so much fun to see him grow up over the years.
Carlitos is one mischievious little man! He loves to make people smile and laugh. He is very energetic and is constantly looking forward to his next game. Carlitos loves to play soccer with the other boys. He also likes riding his bike down the hill and climbing trees. He simply loves to have fun!
Recently Carlitos had the opportunity to be one of the dancers in the Independence Day parade. He and his partner performed traditional Honduran dances complete with authentic music and garb. Carlitos did so well! He was very attentive to his dance partner and knew all of the dance moves. We were very proud. Look at that smile!