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 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 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 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.