Unbound is the Catholic relief organization that brought me here to beautiful Honduras. They hook up sponsors with children, young adults and the elderly all over the world. For as little as thirty bucks a month, you can make a huge difference in the life of one of these kids.
The suffering and poverty here are almost beyond belief. So are the hospitality, generosity of spirit, and courtesy. The photo above is a carpet of pine needles strewn with bougainvillea that I'll wait to explain later. For now suffice it to say that I even got to walk on it is beyond humbling.
These are photos of Casa Hogar, a home and school for kids who've been abused, neglected or abandoned. For instance, one boy here had a mother who used to burn his fingers on a hot stove when he made the tortillas wrong. We met the staff and the children put on a beautiful dance program for us and invited us to tour the room where some of the girls are learning to sew and showed us around and we all had lunch together.
On the line hung two pairs of pants and a shirt which, along with the clothes she was wearing, I took to comprise her entire wardrobe. No kitchen. No electricity. Outhouse. She works occasionally hauling concrete,clearing land, or fixing shoes.
Her daughter, Norma, is 16; Jairo, the little boy, is 8. "Out of this ugly person came two beautiful children," Sandra laughed, except she wasn't really laughing.
Sandra lives in the same 'hood as Casa Hogar but rarely visits. The children come, when they can, to her.
They asked, and were granted, permission to stay with her for a while after we left.