Thursday, July 16, 2015

UNBOUND: WITH THE KIDS OF HONDURAS


16-YEAR-OLD NORMA AND HER MOTHER SANDRA
OCOTEPEQUE, HONDURAS

This week's arts and culture column is about the trip I took to Honduras last February with the Catholic relief organization Unbound.

It begins:

Unbound is a nonprofit, headquartered in Kansas City, Kansas, founded by Catholic laypeople who desired to serve the poor. The organization pairs sponsors with children, young adults and the elderly all over the world.

Last February, I spent a week on a Unbound media awareness trip to the Honduran town of Ocotepeque.

The suffering and poverty of the Hondurans we met was profound. So was the hospitality, generosity of spirit, and courtesy.

The morning after we arrived, we visited Casa Hogar, an Unbound-sponsored home for kids ages 5 to 18, who’ve been abused, neglected or abandoned.

We drove up in a van. The adobe building was painted welcoming colors of bright rose and gold. The doorway gave onto an arched passageway lined on both sides with children who had clearly been awaiting our arrival with such excitement they could barely contain themselves.


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