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!
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.