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Formación para la Vida” — our new life training manuals are here!

Posted by on Jan 2, 2019
<span class="dquo">“</span>Formación para la Vida” — our new life training manuals are here!

By Kar­la Aguilar, staff at Youth for Hon­duras

Since the very be­gin­ning, Youth for Hon­duras has been striv­ing for bet­ter fu­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren, teenagers, and young adults who are still liv­ing in Hon­duran or­phan­ages.

For a time, we were giv­en the op­por­tu­ni­ty to vis­it and teach youth in dif­fer­ent or­phan­ages about tran­si­tion, and from our great ex­pe­ri­ences with each one of them, we de­vel­oped a se­ries of tran­si­tion class­es cov­er­ing rel­e­vant themes with­in the per­son­al, the spir­i­tu­al, the so­cial, and the em­ploy­ment area.

We, then, found our­selves in a po­si­tion of be­ing able to fur­ther de­vel­op this im­por­tant ini­tia­tive and sys­tem­ize our knowl­edge. We want­ed to cre­ate a ma­te­r­i­al easy for our tar­get group to ap­proach.

There­fore, we de­vel­oped our two man­u­als, “For­ma­cion para la Vida” [Life Train­ing], which aim at guid­ing chil­dren and youth aged 13 and up to face the chal­lenges they meet when tran­si­tion­ing and reach their goals in life. The soon­er we pre­pare or­phan­age chil­dren and youth for their tran­si­tions, the bet­ter are their chances to tran­si­tion suc­cess­ful­ly.


Youth for Honduras is ready to present two new Life Training manuals!

Each man­u­al evolves around themes that cor­re­sponds to the youth’s age and this will help the youths un­der­stand­ing their spe­cif­ic sit­u­a­tions. The man­u­als ap­peal to the youths as well as their care­tak­ers in the or­phan­ages and con­tain de­scrip­tions, ac­tiv­i­ties, case stud­ies, ex­er­cis­es, etc.

The man­u­als will be used as a part of our Life Train­ing Pro­gram. The pur­pose of this pro­gram is to teach or­phan­age staff in the ideas and ex­er­cis­es of our man­u­als. Then, they will bring that knowl­edge back home to the youth train­ing them in the dif­fer­ent tran­si­tion themes.


Participation in summit in Guatemala

This au­tumn we had the chance to present our two Life Train­ing man­u­als on the Chris­t­ian Al­liance for Or­phans Latin-Amer­i­can Sum­mit 2018 in Guatemala.

The sum­mit aimed at de­vel­op­ing and learn­ing new meth­ods to help chil­dren and youth at risk. We re­ceived a very pos­i­tive re­sponse on our ma­te­r­i­al and were, like­wise, in­spired from the pre­sen­ta­tions by oth­ers.

It was a very touch­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to vis­it dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tions in Guatemala and learn from their meth­ods.

The Walk­er Child­hood De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter (which is also fund­ed by our spon­sors World Or­phan Fund) have spe­cial­ized in pro­vid­ing ther­a­py for or­phans un­der the age of 6. Thanks to this project, we got the chance to meet some young adults who are in their tran­si­tion process. We vis­it­ed them at their work­ing places and lis­tened to their ex­pe­ri­ences.

Fur­ther­more, we vis­it­ed the Tran­si­tion House Ether and, fi­nal­ly, met with our friends Street Kids Di­rect learn­ing in a more di­rect way about their ef­forts for chil­dren in the streets.


Training orphanage staff

We have al­ready had the plea­sure of in­struct­ing 32 staff mem­bers from dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tions in our Life Train­ing man­u­als.

Af­ter two days of work­shops at our of­fice,  they all com­plet­ed their train­ing suc­cess­ful­ly and were ea­ger to train their youth.

Fur­ther­more, we in Youth for Hon­duras were very in­spired from the work­shop days. We were en­riched by shar­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and mo­ti­vat­ed to con­tin­ue the work that we have put so much ef­fort into. Each or­ga­ni­za­tion is work­ing in their spe­cif­ic way to im­prove con­di­tions for Hon­duran chil­dren and youth but we all have the same goal and a Heav­en­ly Fa­ther who guides us.

Now, we have great ex­pec­ta­tions to­wards the Life Train­ing Pro­gram. We are able to con­tin­ue work­ing with the or­ga­ni­za­tions that would like to de­vel­op in this area.

One of the next steps in the process is to vis­it each or­ga­ni­za­tion, fol­low up on our work­shop days, and see how the youths are pro­gress­ing.

Over time, we hope to see them leave their children’s homes with a clear idea of their fu­ture goals and ex­pec­ta­tions to­wards life mak­ing a dif­fer­ence not only for them­selves but for the Hon­duran so­ci­ety as well.