As many of you know, it has been a long process to get permission to take in kids here in Honduras. For a year and a half now we have waited for Give Hope 2 Kids to be recognized as a Honduran non-profit. Our papers would slowly move from one desk to another, always waiting for the next signature. For about a year our papers pretty much sat in one spot, due to the unstable political climate here in 2009. Well after all that, we want to announce that we are finally a Honduran non-profit!
So, where to next? Now we will be working with the social services here to open our Children's Home. We have to travel to the capital of Honduras and submit our full plan for the operation of the Children's Home. They will review our plan, most likely ask for changes, and then they will review our facilities, and possibly ask for changes there too. Depending on what they require, this process could go very quickly or take several months. We certainly hope this final step will move along rapidly and smoothly, as we are very excited to take in the first kids.
The other crucial step at this time is finding the right houseparents to care for the kids. Many people have advised us to go to a particular part of Honduras to find houseparents, which is an area where we have few connections. So this search for houseparents will be an adventure in itself. It is so important to find the right people from the start. We want our kids to have consistent and good caretakers in their lives from the beginning, so they can grow up in an environment that closely models normal family life.
Please keep us in your prayers as we move closer and closer to opening Give Hope 2 Kids' Children's Home.