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!
We’re still looking for new sponsors for our many of our kids. With the hope of opening up our third house for children (please continue to pray that we find the right house parents), it’s so important to have all of our kids fully funded. If you would like to make a difference in these kids’ lives and provide them with not only food, education, clothes, but also a family, please sign up to sponsor one of our kids.
Of course, we have opportunities to give towards anything from new fridges to new chickens. So please look over our Gift Catalog and see which projects get you excited.
Thank you so much for all of your generosity. GiveHope2Kids would not exist without the kind donations and support of our GH2K family. We are so grateful for you.
Josecito arrived at GH2K almost two years ago with his three older siblings. This little guy is a 100% spunky, fun-loving sweetheart.
Beneath that cheeky smile is one of the biggest hearts you'll ever meet. Josecito wants to be everyone's friend and is constantly seeking out his next adventure. We often find Josecito up in a tree, digging in the dirt, or racing across the property. Josecito is a Kindergartener this year and is doing so well in school. He enjoys learning and especially loves reading. Besides school, Josecito is showing a big love for music. He takes drumming class and singing class during the week and has been known to sing all day long at home too. We would love for you to sponsor Josecito.
We would like you to meet Jared. Jared came here with his sister over three years ago.
This little boy is one of the most respectful kids we care for. He enjoys school and has been participating more and more in class. Jared is always ready to help his teachers or classmates. He also helps with cleaning the dishes after every meal. Jared's favorite thing to do is play soccer! And he is a great player too. He recently got to be a cadet in the Independence Day parade and had so much fun stoically marching alongside his classmates. Read more about that fun day here.
Jared needs 7 sponsors. If you are interested in making a difference in his life, please click the button below.
Here are a few pictures of the progress on the Trade School. At this point, we've finished 95% of the structure of the school. Now we will be doing wiring and plumbing work, as well as building work tables and desks.
For next year we have carpentry, agriculture, and welding classes set up. It looks like we'll be doing an extensive project with raising tilapia fish, while simultaneously teaching this in agriculture classes for several members of our community. Please stay tuned for updates on this exciting new area of the ministry.
Why Homeschooling is for Us:
At the start of 2015 we made a ground-breaking decision for the future of our kids in the GiveHope2Kids family. We became homeschoolers.
Actually, our homeschooling story started a little earlier than this. Let's introduce you to Daysi. When Daysi first arrived at GH2K, she was 11-years-old, but due to her life circumstances, she'd only had a chance to attend first grade in school. We tutored her for two months, and she was ready to test into the 5th grade level at school.
Unfortunately for Daysi though, the educational system here had just set several rules that: a) made it impossible for students to advance ahead in grades, and b) keeps older students from entering local junior highs. Under these rules, Daysi would have graduated 6th grade at 16, with almost no chance of continuing on with her education.
So, we got creative. We ended up working through an alternative learning program. We've successfully fast-tracked four of our kids now, to help them catch up on the school they missed earlier in life.
In 2014, both Daysi and Carolina worked very hard to complete 5th and 6th grade in one year and graduated from elementary school. What an accomplishment it was for them!
Now both girls are studying at Instituto El Rey. They are on track for finishing high school, and both have dreams of going on to study in university. (Both girls are in need of more sponsorship, if you're interested in helping either of these girls succeed.)
You'll hear us talk a lot about education changing lives, and it could sound a little trite, but for our ministry, it's the real deal. By homeschooling our elementary students, we can take them from struggling and behind, to competitive or even ahead.
For the past 9 months, we've homeschooled our K-6th graders four days a week, and they've attended our village school the fifth day. We have seen so much positive growth in these kids during this year! They recognize how much they're learning and are loving it. So for 2016, we're venturing into full-time homeschooling.
How will this play out? We are now working with the department of education, so we can become an official homeschooling community and have our curriculum approved. In the future, we hope to tie our homeschool program right in with the Trade School, so we can offer our kids even more opportunities to succeed in life.
We will still seek to bless our village school and its students, as this is one of our values. As much as possible, we will continue teaching them computers and English, help the school with renovation projects, and provide them with educational resources.
This is a big undertaking. Please pray that we would have wisdom as we invest in our kid's education. When we consider the rough backgrounds that these kids came from, and then see where they are today, we are so encouraged for the future!
Dia del Nino
Dia del Niño, or Kid's Day, is probably every kid's second favorite day of the year (after Christmas). For this fun-filled Kid's Day, all the kids in the village met at the elementary school for a morning of games, fun, food, and—of course—candy. But the highlight of the morning for all the kids, was getting a turn to hit the piñata. And we didn't just have one, but three whole piñatas! There were so many laughs and so much sugar.
Dia de Independencia
September 15th is Honduras' Independence Day. All the school kids get a chance to march in a parade through their town. This year our kids participated in many special roles in the parade: Miss Independence, the Beautiful Indians, traditional dancers, and cadets. Our awesome house-moms worked hard putting together all their special outfits, and our volunteer Daniel, made ceremonial wooden machetes and rifles for the march. They looked incredible! The march started up at the Urraco school, and the kids paraded the length of the village and back again, with a crowd of family following behind.
Deepening Our Well
Like many places in the world, Honduras has experienced a serious time of drought this year. In southern Honduras this has drastically affected crops and caused concerns of food shortages.
While our climate in northern Honduras is not nearly as dry, we've also experienced some issues with water shortages. Because so many people live on our property, we've decided to take steps to guarantee that we are not left without water in years to come. For that reason, we are working on improving the well that we dug in 2012. We're increasing the amount of water that we can pull from our well so it will be sufficient for future growth.
Hand-digging a well is about as tough a job as you can do, but our guys are doing a great job! We've more than doubled the well's water capacity.
Kind and Responsible.
Daysi and her three brothers have been with us since Christmas 2013. Daysi is currently in 7th grade and is doing wonderful in school! Her grades are very good, and her teachers love her. When Daysi isn't working hard in school, she enjoys readig and cooking with her house-mom and sisters. Daysi also loves dancing! She and the other teen girls on the property frequently choreograph dances for our Friday night Youth Group. Overall, Daysi is a kind-hearted young girl, who loves to help.
Recently, Daysi was considered for the Miss Independence role in the Independence Day parade. Contestants for this position include one individual from every grade who are quizzed on various facets of Honduran history. Even though Daysi didn't end up getting this position (which is typical for first-year students), the fact that she was considered for this position is a testament to the wonderful young lady that Daysi is becoming.
We are currently looking for sponsors for Daysi! If you would like to sponsor Daysi, please click the button below.