Youth for Honduras is funded by the World Orphan Fund who also took part in founding the organization.
We also collaborate with Programa Timoteos, which is a network of Honduran Baptist Churches, and Street Kids Direct, who has developed a mentorship program for street children. Together we educate volunteers from the churches to become mentors for our youth. Some of our youth also serve as volunteers in Programa Timoteos and, thereby, get the experience of volunteering and helping others.
Youth for Honduras has partnered with Step up for Rights of Females who seeks to reach gender equality through education, entrepreneurship, long-time learning, mobility, and innovation. Together we wish to empower women.
Furthermore, Youth for Honduras collaborates with around 30 children’s homes all over Honduras, both when it comes to selecting youth for our program as well as preparing children/youth younger than 18 for their transition.
The World Orphan Fund
Steve and Dena Donavan, Outreach Directors at the World Orphan Fund, first visited Honduras in 2013 after having retired from the job market in the US. They were touched by the stories of orphans and felt a passion to share their newly gained free time with them. Through many visits over the next three years, they built up friendships with several youth wanting to help them as they became young adults.
“Youth for Honduras provides an avenue for youth to progress in a safe family-like environment and provides an avenue for donor-sponsors like us to invest in their futures. The World Orphan Fund proudly stands committed to the success of this initiative and the youth involved in it, and we stand committed to the success of all involved. It is our prayer that current sponsors of youth help them advance in this program and it continues to grow to accommodate many!”
- Steve and Dena Donavan.
Programa Timoteos and Street Kids Direct
Programa Timoteos works for a better integration of orphan youth in the Honduran society. Volunteers from Programa Timoteos frequently visit children’s homes, provide workshops, and establish mentor relations to build bridges for youth to walk upon when they turn 18 and exit their orphanages. The idea is to establish a caring network for the children and youth so that they don’t feel all alone in their transition.
Street Kids Direct’s main focus is the rescue of children living on the streets and the prevention of more children taking to the streets by supporting them and their families. This is among other things done through their mentorship program, development projects, and capacity building for mentors.
“Our collaboration with Youth for Honduras is a huge blessing because both organizations dream of and work for a change in society. Furthermore, we are blessed to have youth volunteers from Youth for Honduras who serves with us when we visit the different children’s homes. These youth really understand the everyday life at the children’s home and, on top of that, they show a great example of good decision making.”
- Edward Galeas, local committee manager of Programa Timoteos.
Step up for Rights of Females
Youth for Honduras and Step up for Rights of Females has begun a partnership about women’s empowerment. The Step up for Rights of Females project is centered in four countries: Lithuania, Senegal, India, and Honduras. We focus on communicating the challenges that women in Honduras meet in many aspects of their lives but also to make visible their opportunities. In Youth for Honduras we have more women in our program than men, and these can benefit from the Step up for Rights of Females experiences.
The orphanages, with whom we currently collaborate, are:
- Aldeas SOS Choluteca
- Aldeas SOS Copan
- Aldeas SOS La Ceiba
- Aldeas SOS Tegucigalpa
- Aldeas SOS Tela
- ADAL Lepaterique
- Centro de Niñas Las Flores
- Hogar de Niños Renacer
- Hogares CREA
- Senderos de Amor San Pedro Sula