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Cathrine Sørensen

Co-founder and Director

Cathrine is a so­cial ed­u­ca­tor and has al­ways wished to help where help was need­ed the most. In 2010 she came to Hon­duras for the first time to do an in­tern­ship at Or­phan­age Em­manuel. At that time, she nev­er imag­ined her­self stay­ing in Hon­duras. How­ev­er, here she still is and, fur­ther­more, mar­ried to her Hon­duran hus­band May­ron Mejia. To­geth­er they have a son, Maunus.

Cathrine worked from 2012–2016 at Or­phan­age Em­manuel in the Youth Com­mu­ni­ty and Tran­si­tion Pro­gram, where she pre­pared the youth for the chal­lenges they might face when leav­ing the or­phan­age. In 2016 she found­ed Youth for Hon­duras to­geth­er with the World Or­phan Fund build­ing on her ex­pe­ri­ences from Or­phan­age Em­manuel.

Cathrine be­lieves that Hon­duran youth have great po­ten­tial and can make a dif­fer­ence for their coun­try. She prays that Youth for Hon­duras will be able to lift some of the bur­dens placed on the shoul­ders of youth who grew up in children’s homes. Whether leav­ing an or­phan­age or a lov­ing fam­i­ly, Cathrine be­lieves that every young man and woman can have huge suc­cess with their adult lives and take steps in the right di­rec­tion for Hon­duras!

 

 

José Ramón López

José is a teacher and a so­cial ed­u­ca­tor and has been work­ing sev­er­al years at a bilin­gual school be­fore his em­ploy­ment in Youth for Hon­duras. He has a great pas­sion for help­ing young peo­ple and has served as a youth pas­tor in his church. In Youth for Hon­duras, he is in dai­ly con­tact with our youth via so­cial me­dia and vis­its them in their homes and study places. He also teach­es Eng­lish as a part of our skills train­ing pro­gram and does a wide range of co­or­di­na­tion tasks for the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

 

 

Michelle Pineda

Michelle has a de­gree in ed­u­ca­tion and so­cial work and through her work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence she has ob­tained a fo­cus on chil­dren and youth. Work­ing with the youth in our or­ga­ni­za­tion, she re­al­izes how hard life has been for many chil­dren and young­sters in Hon­duras. Her job is to leave a pos­i­tive mark on this vul­ner­a­ble group in so­ci­ety. Par­tic­u­lar­ly, she guides our youth with­in the ed­u­ca­tion­al sys­tem. Michelle also co­or­di­nates a new en­tre­pre­neur­ship pro­gram through World Vi­sion.

 

Karla Aguilar

Kar­la is a teacher and be­came a part of Youth for Hon­duras through Or­phan­age Em­manuel where she pre­pared youth for leav­ing the or­phan­age. Now, she is work­ing as the co­or­di­na­tor and con­tact per­son for the Hon­duran children’s homes with whom we col­lab­o­rate. Dur­ing the past years, Kar­la has de­vel­oped two tran­si­tion man­u­als for 12–17-year-olds liv­ing in or­phan­ages. This ma­te­r­i­al, which fo­cus­es on dif­fer­ent sub­jects such as self-es­teem, find­ing the first job, fam­i­ly re­la­tions etc., will pre­pare the or­phan­age staff to ed­u­cate the youth be­fore they leave the or­phan­age.

 

Joselyne Irias

Jose­lyne has a bachelor’s de­gree in psy­chol­o­gy and is in charge of dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties in Youth for Hon­duras such as work­shops and in­di­vid­ual coun­sel­ing. She has a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on the youth’s fam­i­ly re­la­tions. To­geth­er with all the above-men­tioned em­ploy­ees of Youth for Hon­duras, Jose­lyne takes part in the en­trance ex­am­i­na­tions of new youth in our pro­gram.