Hope for Honduran Children Foundation

 

“…people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did, but
people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou


 

JOEL LOPEZ LOPEZ

Joel LopezLopez“When you lose someone you love, you gain an Angel you know.”

It is with profound sadness that I write about our dear and sweet Joel Lopez Lopez. On Friday, September 14th Joel made the 7 hour journey from Casa Noble to his remote family home in La Paz. He was happy and as always, joyful. Joel spent a wonderful next day with his family but began feeling ill in the early evening. He eventually suffered multiple seizures and succumbed just before dawn while on the very long route to the hospital. He was buried Tuesday morning, September 18th, 2018.

 

Joel lived every moment of every day with incredible character. He was always positive, kind, and joyful. He tried to be a good influence for everyone. He was always ready to help and support anyone and nothing was ever “too much.” He never complained or gave excuses.

 

Joel, who was about to graduate from high school , is one of eight members of the high-caliber Lopez family who have been part of H4HC. They are Nery (now a member of the National Police), German (Accountant), Ricardo (Accountant), Pedro (Agricultural Engineer), Oscar Renee (Army), Noe and William (currently in high school) and Joel. Hope for Honduran Children was deeply saddened by this tragic loss but we have chosen to live to honor Joel rather than mourn him.

“There are people in your life whom you unknowingly inspire simply by being you.”

Thank you, Joel.

 

JUNE 2018 Humanitarian Service Trip
June Trip

We often refer to the June trip as “the mixed bag”… but we have now changed that to the “Five Star Amazing Mixed Bag”… some of the 22 participants were first time service volunteers traveling alone but most were repeat volunteers… and many traveling as a family. Lisa brought two of her children ages 13 and 15, Ellen brought her college age grand daughter, Sara brought her Dad, and the youngest, Cash (age 4) brought his parents and four siblings. We spent each morning providing medical check ups and classes at our rural schools – often with the translation support team from Casa Noble. Afternoons and evenings were spent with the Casa Noble boys. With the enormous support of our John Carroll University intern, Claire McGilley, it was an awe inspiring journey for everyone!

 

 

The 2018 Benefit

On September 6th, Hope for Honduran Children celebrated its annual “Fiesta” at the historic Dunham Tavern in downtown Cleveland. Indeed, it was a celebration to remember! The Noel Quintana band filled the starry night air with Cuban rhythms while steak, chicken, shrimp and pork tacos were served from a local food truck. Delicious gelato and café were available from another truck and inside the barn the silent auction was an enormous success. It was a true “crowd pleaser” raising much needed funding for the Casa Noble Home. Kudos to all of those who helped make it a wonderful evening – the Board of H4HC, Anne Fornari, Jean Koznarek, Nancy Nebanzahl, the Freimoth and Knapp famillies and Claire McGilley in particular.

 

 

Highlights - A Year of Transitions

 

New Casa Noble Director

Carlos Aguilar
We began the year with a most exciting announcement.
Carlos Aguilar (Churri) is the new Director of Casa Noble.


It was a very pleasant and exciting transition for all of us. This is the first of several transitions in 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new Casa Noble home in Santa Lucia

Casa Noble 2018

 

The new H4HC Learning Center
Casa Azul

 

In addition to be our local headquarters, the Learning Center will soon house our library and English classroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Noreen Macbean Sewing Center

Always humming and now double in size!

Noreen Macbean Sewing Center

 

 

The H4HC Computer Technology Lab
Located in the Santa Lucia High School

Santa Lucia Highschool Computer Lab

 

New Partnerships with two Honduran Rotary Clubs

Rotary Presentation

 

Rotary

 

 

Casa Noble Profile
Pedro Lopez LopezPedro Lopez Lopez
Congratulations to our agricultural engineer who recently graduated from the prestigious Catacamas University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support this Casa Noble Micro Enterprise

glovesmaking gloves

The Casa Noble boys have a new micro enterprise (decorating winter gloves) and ask for your support. The gloves are great Christmas stocking stuffers, gifts for teachers, friends and grandparents. The gift that keeps on giving and keep your fingers warm! Each pair of gloves (child or adult) is $14 (including shipping). The boys hope to purchase new shoes with their earnings!!!
For more information, email Karen at kgodt@h4hc.org or telephone 216-403-1051.

 

 

MAKE 2019 A MOST SIGNIFICANT YEAR
There is no better classroom than the greater world itself and there are no more impactful lessons than immersion into this eye-opening, loving and vibrant culture. We guarantee both a memorable and meaningful journey!

Each of our service trips is solidly based on the principles of service, education, cultural exchange, and reflection. They are designed to provide unique cultural awareness for the volunteers and sustainability for the communities we serve. Immersive volunteer trips where participants interact and engage with people living in impoverished rural communities are unparalleled experiences. We provide food, water, clothing, shelter, education and protection for abused, neglected and forgotten children. Each trip offers a myriad of opportunities:

 

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the H4HC service trips, space is limited making pre-trip registration required.

January 31 – February 7
Registration deadline October 1, 2018 with non-refundable $200 deposit
March 3rd to 10th Spring Break!
Registration deadline December 1, 2018 with non-refundable $100 deposit
June 10th to 17th
Registration deadline March 1, 2019 with non-refundable $100 deposit
 

 

Click below to view Ten joy filled days from our June 2017 trip are best captured in this video production courtesy of Karen Corbitt

 

 

 

January 31... A Cohesive Team

January 2018 1

On January 31 a cohesive team of 21 volunteers arrived in Tegucigalpa to laugh and work nonstop for seven days. It was a very dedicated team, highly motivated, extremely hard working and full of joy and laughter. The boys of Casa Noble were thrilled to learn new things as well as begin the new year with both former and new friends. With the help of one volunteer, the boys enthusiastically focused on establishing the core values of the Casa Noble Home. Afternoons were spent discussing plans, making jewelry and gloves to sell, making new friends at CAIPAC (the blind center), hiking down the mountain, and of course, doing puzzles, visiting the coffee farm and the beautiful tea house!january 2018 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


San Juan de RanchoEach morning we visited the isolated rural schools such as Naguara, Suyatillo, Flor Azul, Campo, and San Juan del Rancho.
At each school we were met with countless hugs and abundant gratitude. Activities included: math games, reading, physics, and field day games of face painting, bubble blowing, the parachute, spoon races, etc.

 

copan 2018 2Many on the team returned home on the 7th while others continued their journey visiting Copan Ruinas. We spent three days visiting the Mayan ruins, exploring every nook and cranny of the picturesque town and dining at Hacienda San Lucas. It was very special.copan 2018 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Humanitarian Service Experience

There is no better classroom than the greater world itself and there are no more impactful lessons than immersion into this eye-opening, loving and vibrant culture. San Juan del Rancho Each of our service trips is solidly based on the principles of service, education, cultural exchange, and reflection. They are designed to provide unique cultural awareness for the volunteers and sustainability for the communities we serve. Immersive volunteer trips where participants interact and engage with people living in impoverished rural communities are unparalleled experiences. We provide food, water, clothing, shelter, education and protection for abused, neglected and forgotten children. Each trip offers a myriad of opportunities:

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the H4HC service trips, space is limited making pre trip registration required.

February 4th to 11th
Registration deadline October 1, 2018 with non-refundable $100 deposit

March 3rd to 10th Spring Break!
Registration deadline December 1, 2018 with non-refundable $100 deposit

June 10th to 17th
Registration deadline March 1, 2019 with non-refundable $100 deposit

H4HC Sister School Program

A pencil is a small thing but in the developing world it can be a child’s ticket out of poverty— the difference between getting an education and getting sent home. Hope for Honduran Children (H4HC) was founded in 2005. It all began when we were introduced to 24 abandoned children who were shoeless and had not eaten in four days. “Life would be perfect’, they said, ‘if you could help us find food, shoes and a few (11) pencils.” We continue to be desperately in need and hope that you will encourage your class or school to join the Hope for Honduran Children’s “Sister School Program” this fall.San Juan del Rancho students get shoes We have five rural Honduran villages that we are helping with water, healthcare, food and education…this translates to well over 1000 children.
We have just returned after delivering new shoes, backpacks (many of these youngsters walk 2-1/2 hours to attend school) and supplies. During our visit we learned that in the five villages the poverty is so extreme that no one can afford soap, a toothbrush or toothpaste.  Just think of the enormous impact you and your students could make on the lives of these ultra poor forgotten children. Please, don’t allow them to be ignored or forgotten any longer.  Contact Hope for Honduran Children for more information on how simple and rewarding it is to brighten the lives of these children.

 

backpacks
Thank you to the 4th Grade Class of Arrowhead School in Copley, Ohio. They donated the backpacks which were filled with soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and school supplies.

How can students help? Primary school children in North America will often coordinate supply drives collecting pencils, pens, erasers, chalk, paper, flash cards, stickers, and crayons, for their “sister school”. Some might assemble “gift totes” using grocery store recyclable bags and filling them for each child in a school with a personal letter, photos, tooth brushes and paste, pasta, oatmeal, vitamins, school supplies, coloring books, etc. High School students often host concerts and other fundraisers. They have helped their “sister schools” by becoming a child sponsor, raising funds to provide desks for empty classrooms, Students at San Juan del Ranchopurchasing laptops, a copy machine, etc. providing internet access, refurbishing classrooms and creating a basic science lab. What starts with a simple supply drive becomes a lesson about the true meaning of giving. When American students hear our presentations and see photos of bright smiles on the faces of children who receive their gifts, their eyes open to an entirely new world they've never seen before. They begin to understand the important role they can play in making life better for others. They learn that “To the world you might be one person, but to one person, you just might be the world.”