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Youth for Hon­duras was found­ed in 2016 by the World Or­phan Fund and so­cial ed­u­ca­tor Cathrine Sørensen, now di­rec­tor of Youth for Hon­duras.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion was de­vel­oped in a con­text where at­ten­tion on youth ag­ing out of their or­phan­ages grew ex­treme­ly im­por­tant. These youth had lit­tle or no prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence with the re­al­i­ties out­side the or­phan­age, and with frag­ile net­works and fam­i­ly ties, this tran­si­tion was most like­ly to fail.


Transition materials

In the first year of be­ing an or­ga­ni­za­tion, Youth for Hon­duras taught a tran­si­tion course to 7th-11th graders at Or­phan­age Em­manuel, Guaimaca, ben­e­fit­ing from re­sources de­vel­oped by the or­phan­age and the Dan­ish Bap­tist Chil­dren and Youth Or­ga­ni­za­tion with sup­port from the Dan­ish Youth Coun­cil.

This course was de­signed to ed­u­cate each grade on dif­fer­ent themes re­spond­ing to their ages, for ex­am­ple good friend­ships, self-es­teem, find­ing the first job, etc.

Af­ter­wards, Youth for Hon­duras re­fined this tran­si­tion ma­te­r­i­al and lat­er, in 2018, pub­lished two tran­si­tion man­u­als for 12–17-year-olds liv­ing in or­phan­ages. With these man­u­als and the re­lat­ed in­struc­tions for or­phan­age staff, Youth for Hon­duras is reach­ing out to many more youth than just those in our tran­si­tion house pro­gram.