“My dream is to be a teacher, and later to teach many children and teens. My goal is to rise up and achieve what much of my family has not been able to as well as be able to work. I feel really happy in the program because I know that I am going to learn, and that there are going to be people I can count on. Above all I know that I will not be alone.
If I in the future have the resources and I see a wish in youths leaving their orphanages to move forward, I would very much like to help them. I love to help others, especially if they have been in the same situation as me.”
“I am currently studying foreign languages at the university. My mission this year is to keep studying so that I will have future opportunities. One of my dreams is to become a school teacher in English and French, but until I graduate from university I hope to get a part time job that can give me work experience and contribute to my personal expenses.
Another future dream is to travel — especially in France! I would very much like to experience the culture that I am studying. Thanks to this transition program I will be able to continue with my studies and because of their help my journey in life will not be so complicated.”
“I want to be a person that serves society and is active in the world! I’m a journalism student and, currently, doing an internship here in Youth for Honduras developing the news section of this web site. I both like to write and photograph but also to read about historical events. One of the historical persons I admire the most is Martin Luther King because of his fight against racism. He was so determined to make a difference in the world that the risk of dying seemed less important to him.
In my case, I would love to make a difference for street children in Honduras. But I also have other dreams for example work as a news reporter on TV. I believe that I can trust God and find my way in life.”
“I’m a young man with many skills, eager to achieve success, but always with the help of the people around me to support me in everything I need. I wish to continue my studies in accounting and finances until I graduate from university. Afterwards, I would like to have a job in order to gain a lot of experience because one day I would like to be able to start my own business, whether it be in accounting or another area.
Through the Youth for Honduras program I hope to get a higher level of maturity and I already feel when paying my own bills that I become more independent. I have been used to receiving everything but now is the time to take decisions and become independent.”
“I want to fulfil my dreams and goals and I have faith that I will achieve it. My desire is to study psychology, which I have just begun, and at the same time work. So right now, I am looking for a part time job where I can get experience in customer service. After my graduation, it is my dream to be employed in the psychiatric area helping clients with mental illnesses. I also have a dream of becoming a chef and start my own restaurant as well as being married one day.
Youth for Honduras is like a second family for me. I have friends here and I also feel that all of the workshops are helping me, for example in dealing with emotions. This also has my interest now that I am studying psychology.”
“I will give all of me to reach my goals in life and improve myself as a person. Not many from my children’s home have been given the same opportunities as me, so I want to be an example for them and show them through the way I live my life that it is possible to achieve great things.
I have been studying administration informatics but would like to study psychology as well. One day, I hope to work with orphanage children as a psychologist. But first I plan to open a hairdresser’s salon with my brother. He will do the haircuts while I will do everything else needed to keep the business going.”
“Youth for Honduras is a unique opportunity where I can develop my personal skills and, at the same time, acquire new habits and customs to be able to fully develop and make a change in society. I study history and have a dream of focusing on the history of Honduras — also after I graduate. I believe I can make a difference for my country by making Hondurans be aware and reflect on our cultural roots. My plans within the program are to finish my studies at university, develop my teamwork skills and to be able to get a part-time job.”
“I am a school teacher by profession but I have now chosen to study further the area of special education because my dream is to work with children with disabilities, whether it be physical or emotional. Besides my studies, I work at a primary school as a teacher of 3rd and 5th grade. The two grades sit together in one classroom and I teach them at the same time. Indeed, that is not always easy but I also like being busy.
When I was a child, I went to school at the very same place as I now work. This is my way of giving a little bit back of what I have received. For me it’s like working with my own family.”
“I have always loved to study and been curious to know more about the world I live in. I have chosen to study psychology and I dream of finding a part time job where I can get more experience in communicating with people. It could be in a clothes shop or in a beauty salon as I am very skilled in updos and makeup. I would like to develop my empathy skills as well as customer service skills.
I believe that by receiving this help from Youth for Honduras and being in this program I will be able to study and fulfill my dreams. My plan is also to learn English and computer skills which this program offers.”
“I study visual art at the pedagogical university. Expressing myself through art is a huge part of my life. For a long time, I developed my drawing skills but, recently, I also started painting.
I have different dreams of how to develop this hobby and career of mine and inspire others. First of all, I would love to gather with other artists from Honduras, visit other countries with them, exchange ideas with other groups, and create new art projects together by combining various types of art. Secondly, I would like to exhibit my artwork in a gallery. And, finally, I dream of taking part in the development of a new school of art in Honduras. At the moment, we have schools of music as well as schools of ceramics, woodwork, and drawing/painting. Why not include other fields of art together with the traditional ones such as acting or dance? I am curious to see how it could develop!”
“Before I got accepted into the program, I prayed that it would happen. Now that I have this great opportunity through Youth for Honduras, I will be able to improve myself. I want to make the most out of it and have new experiences.
My plan is to study and graduate from nursing school. I really like the classes where we learn to take care of the patients. In weekends, I work at the children’s home where I grew up. Here, I take care of the youngest boys. I cook, help them do their homework, but I also prioritize to play for example volleyball with them in the afternoons. I love being around children and this joy started when I had to take care of my sister’s five children for one month while she was in hospital.”
“I’m thankful to God for giving me this opportunity to demonstrate that I have a potential. I am in this program because I want to develop and be able to help my family, especially my younger siblings, and many other children and young people who need help. Spiritually, I want to get closer to God and follow his commandments. I have tried to find a church to attend here in Tegucigalpa together with a friend from Youth for Honduras but it is not easy.
While in this program, my plan is to study engineering at the university. But first I’ll finish my education in carpentry and woodwork. When I graduate, I’ll be able to work as a carpenter and at the same time pay for my studies.”
My name is Maricela. I’m 21 years old and a single mom. The hardest thing about entering the Youth for Honduras program was to move away from my daughter for this first year.
In 2019 I will begin my university studies in social work. My dream is to leave a positive footprint on the world, serve others, and help families. Maybe I can find a job in an institution like the DINAF [the Directorate for Children, Youth, and Family in Honduras]. That would be amazing! In that sense, Youth for Honduras is an excellent association for me because it helps me overcome my fears and believe in myself.
My relation to God is important to me. I go to church, read the bible, listen to Christian music, and give tithe. In the future I hope to get married and have two more children.
The best thing that has happened to me is my enrollment at the university. I would like to study foreign languages to be able to teach English in a school. I love children and wish to be involved in voluntary work for children. In the future, I would like to have my own family centered around the Christian faith.
I am very thankful to be in Youth for Honduras. I feel safe and comfortable here. Every day, my relation to God is getting stronger. This is also caused by the fact that we share the faith in my house and can support each other. It was not difficult for me to leave my orphanage because all of my siblings already left. But to find a job here in Tegucigalpa is very difficult for me.
I am studying at the university in the field of administration informatics. It is my dream to finish my studies with great notes and, afterwards, I can see myself as head of a company’s data management.
The best thing about Youth for Honduras is that I can continue my studies. The organization is guiding and tutoring me so that I’ll be ready to adapt to society. For me it has not been so difficult to move to Tegucigalpa because I have been here many times when I took classes in electricity at the INFOP (National Institute of Professional Training). I also dream of starting my own family and to help at the children’s home where I grew up.
The most difficult part about entering Youth for Honduras has been to leave my orphanage and family. It is like starting all over again. But here, I have the opportunity to study and I would very much like to study marketing at the university. I already have a little knowledge in the field and I think it is very interesting. One day I hope to start my own business.
I assist in a Baptist church where I am both a bible study teacher and an usher. My participation in the church is focused around the youth.
It is a great gift from God to be able to participate in Youth for Honduras! I know that many would like to get this opportunity to move forward in life and reach their goals. The association has already had a huge impact on me. I have started to think differently and now I relate to other people more than before. This has been a challenge but I have learned a lot.
I know that I have the ability to get a university degree so I study economy. In the future I hope to get a job at an office or start my own business like a barbershop. And I want to help others, especially my family. My relation to God is good but I would like to enrich it and always fear Him.
I will invest all that I receive through Youth for Honduras in my future dream of having my own bakery. I have always been an entrepreneur and my biggest interest is experimenting in a kitchen. So, I started studying bakery and cooking in the INFOP [institute for technical educations] and, afterwards, I hope to be able to study gastronomy at the university. In the end, I will be able to manage my own business and sell my own products. With my income I want to help my family who does not have many resources.
I think the most difficult part of moving and becoming part of Youth for Honduras is adapting to the climate here because where I come from is much warmer. It is also a challenge to adapt to new people. But the great knowledge I have received here and the Christian values of the organization is all worth it.
I think Youth for Honduras is such a great opportunity for young people like me. Here, we get help to study at the university. I am studying foreign languages with the intention to become an English teacher. I have always loved to study English and learn about other cultures.
I feel very close to God. In my church I give classes to children and teenagers and I am also attending a drama group. In the future, I would like to do voluntary work for children with Down’s syndrome. I think this is a way of serving others.
I am so happy about being in this program in Youth for Honduras and I really hope it can help more youth from my orphanage. The most difficult about being here is to find a job but I pray that I will succeed. My relation to God is growing stronger. I hope to find a church to attend here in Tegucigalpa.
My dream is to study psychology and later work in a clinic where I can help people. I also dream of living in my own house together with my siblings.
I am Jennifer Cristina. I am 18 years old and I have lived in my children’s home for 17 years. I was sometimes a volunteer there. I took care of the sick, I translated, and I planned birthday celebrations.
My dream is to study social studies because I like to help others, just like I have been helped during my life. I would like to work with youth and children and in this way help my country. I can see myself working in an institution or in my own NGO.
So, my future plans are to finish university, look for a job, and have my own family and organization. Youth for Honduras is a blessing from God to be able to complete some of my dreams.
In my spare time I love to read, dance, and be with my friends.
My dream is to study linguistics. Maybe to be an author but I also have a dream of being a teacher. First and foremost, I want to help my children’s home and my family through the life I live. At my children’s home I learned to volunteer. Together with a team I helped in translating and I was also a dentist assistant.
It was difficult to leave my family and friends to move to Tegucigalpa and I have missed them a lot. But Youth for Honduras is a great opportunity for me and a great blessing as well.
My absolute favorite activities are to be with the girls from my children’s home, read, play board games, and swim in the ocean!
My name is Belkys. I am 18 years old and my dream is to hold a Bachelor’s degree in physical education. I love sports and I would like to teach in this subject in a high school. Then, I would like to have my own house and help my family.
I lived in a children’s home in Trujillo for 9 years. It was very difficult to leave the people I know there. But to be with Youth for Honduras is something special. This is not an opportunity you get everywhere. And little by little, you get used to your new life here.
I’m Belgia. I’m 19 years old and I come from a children’s home in Trujillo. I dream of studying math and one day teach in high school.
Until now, Youth for Honduras has been a great help for me. They have shown us new places and given us different classes and workshops. It was difficult to leave the place I lived before but now I want to be a role model for those still living in my children’s home. It would be a blessing to be able to help my family too.
I spend my spare time with God. My relation to Him is very close and important to me. I also like to read and write.
I grew up in the children’s home Casa Luz (House of Light). In high school I focused on educating myself in community health and nutrition. So, I dream of study either nursing or nutrition at university and one day work at a hospital. Also, I would like to have my own house.
I attend church and my relation to God is profound. I believe in Him and always talk to Him. I have an interest in learning English and dream of being able to travel. My hobbies are among others board games and spend time with the girls in my transition house.
My name is Gelen and I would very much like to study social work at university. My dream is to work in an organization with youth, creating a better future for myself and others. And Youth for Honduras is the perfect place for me to be at the moment in order to reach that goal!
I have tried to work as a teaching assistant in third grade at the school of my former orphanage. I learned a lot from this voluntary work. I still help in the area of devotionals within the children’s home. This is important for me because I have myself accepted God in my heart.
I think Youth for Honduras is that important step that the youth from orphanages were missing to be able to succeed with their studies.
In my case, I would like to study marketing to be able to work in a huge company. I feel very motivated for that. Also, I feel motivated by voluntary work because it can open doors and give you a larger network. Once, I volunteered in an organization that did development projects within the area of education.
I would like to study to become an electrician. My dream is to open my own shop and this way be able to create my own job. I want to have my own car and my own house, but it is also important for me to help others, for example my dad. I see myself giving something back to the organizations that have helped me – my children’s home Montaña de Luz (Mountain of Light) and Youth for Honduras.
During the first month with Youth of Honduras, I have felt both nervous and happy. But Youth for Honduras is a good organization, and I already know Tegucigalpa, so I’m sure it will be great here.
My relation with God is full of trust. He’s my savior and my everything! I have experienced that He has given me so much because of my close relation with Him through prayer. I know that I shouldn’t lose my communication with Him. However, recently I have not attended church as much as I would like to. I only go on Sundays.
I think I’m an idealistic person with many dreams. It would be great to become an architect or an interior designer. Right now, I am actually studying graphic design at the university on my second year. My dream is to become my own boss and, for example, work from my house and study more at the same time. I can’t imagine a life without studying, whether it is design or foreign languages. I’m taking courses in English at the moment, too.
It would also be awesome one day to start an organization like Youth for Honduras or the children’s home I come from. Youth for Honduras is very unique. They are one of the first in the field, and I definitely think this concept should extend. I hope I’ll be acknowledged no matter what area I choose.
My name is Jennifer Karolina. I am studying medicine at the university UNITEC, and I would love to work in a hospital once I graduate. Another dream of mine is to work and help abroad as a talented doctor. I really love to help people who need it, and I help my friends a lot. I have also been a volunteer taking care of children. In the future I hope to have my own family.
I lived at my children’s home Vida Nueva (New Life) for 14 years so it is difficult to move to another city and start my life here. But I like to be a part of Youth for Honduras because I know it will do me good. I feel motivated by them.
I’m studying to become a bilingual technician. When I finish my studies, I would like to work in a call center or in a bank in the customer service area. My dream is to find a job but I think it’ll be very difficult. Youth for Honduras requires that I find a job while I’m a student, so I’ll look for a part time job in a shop.
Moving here has not been easy. At first, I didn’t want to leave my home, but they told me I had to do it someday. And then I got accepted in Youth for Honduras. I don’t know how it’ll be like here, and this new start seems to be full of uncertainties. Still, I am very thankful for the opportunity.
Sometimes, I don’t feel very social. But in Youth for Honduras we have been introduced to voluntary work. We went to a place for children with special needs. I would like to help somewhere as well.
I study to become a nurse. I’m already halfway through my studies. Afterwards, I dream of taking it further and become a doctor. I strive to be better all the time. My dream is to work in a hospital with elders or with persons who have Down’s Syndrome. I didn’t know until recently that there exists a home for people with Down’s Syndrome, but I would love to do voluntary work there.
I also dream of living by myself – but not for a longer period. If it is God’s plan for my life, I would like to marry and have children. But before that I hope I’ll be able to travel.
It’s really true that when you grow up you receive everything. I didn’t think about that before I entered adulthood and had to take care of myself. But I’m excited about starting something new and live my adult life. I feel good being here in Tegucigalpa.
Once I graduate from Nursing School, I want to work in Hospital Escuela or Hospital María here in Tegucigalpa. My dream is to specialize in a field, but so far, I have not decided which. Another dream of mine is to create a micro-enterprise to have an extra income and to contribute with something to other people.
Youth for Honduras is a perfect way to reach my goals. I think it is a great organization because it helps youth to take good decisions and be active in their lives. It opens many doors.
Youth for Honduras gives me an opportunity that I can’t pass up! Even though I have a daughter and I couldn’t take her with me to Tegucigalpa, I think this is a chance I have to seize. I want to move forward in life and give my daughter opportunities as well.
What I liked most about the association so far was the selection camp. There I learned a lot about communication which was both necessary and useful. I learned to live together with new youth.
I want a career as a chef. In the future it would be amazing to work in a restaurant.
I’m planning to study medicine and in the future work as a doctor in a clinic. I want to focus on my studies, so I don’t have other plans at the moment.
The most difficult part of moving away from my children’s home, Emmanuel, was to leave my siblings. But apart from that I haven’t felt difficulties. Youth for Honduras helps us and that’s good.
I like to attend church. Apart from that I love music, literature, and comics.
I want to study law and become a lawyer one day. I am considering focusing on children in my career but I don’t know yet if I’ll end out helping children or adults the most. I am also dreaming of having my own house and maybe I’ll have my own family.
Youth for Honduras wants us to see the real world. We have to learn to do things ourselves. If we want to achieve our dreams, we must fight for them.
I love being around other youth in Youth for Honduras. Ever since the moment I first stood in the offices of the organization, I have felt that everybody welcomed me. Youth for Honduras is a really good organization that helps youth to overcome many things.
I hope that Youth for Honduras will help me in my studies. I dream of having a career in administration. Later, I would like to work in an acknowledged company where I can feel satisfied by doing my work tasks. If possible, I would also like to study abroad but I would need a scholarship to be able to do that.
I first heard about Youth for Honduras when a staff member visited my children’s home. I am always attentive but especially this time because I found it very interesting. And I said to myself: “I need to enter that program because this is an extraordinary opportunity. This is what I want.”
Youth for Honduras supports my dream of studying. I want to become a nurse – maybe in a hospital or in a clinic. I think it is so great that in Youth for Honduras we are equal in a way. We have experienced some of the same things, for example difficulties with our parents. But I find it hard to respond to others’ stories. It happened to me on our camp.
I have been taught to go to church. It was mandatory at my children’s home but I didn’t see it as an obligation. However, it is not easy. I always go back to my past, if you understand, and I would not say that everything is just fine with God.
I see myself one day arriving at my work place dressed in suit and tie. I had hoped to study engineering but because of my grades it was better to go for a career in administration. So, I did that and now I am studying at the university.
I dream of being able to establish my own company, support my family, and study more. I also dream of having a wife and children but looking at the way the world is today, I am not sure it will be convenient.
It was a little difficult to move to Tegucigalpa. I am not used to lacking water, for example. But Youth for Honduras is a blessing for all youth who become part of it. I am God thankful that I am here, I am able to study, I have health and my family as well. I know that I let Him down many times but He never did that to me. Because of Him I can have peace in the middle of storms.
My dream is to study marketing. I want to work in a company where I can use my skills. One day, I would like to develop my own product and promote it.
It has been a little hard to move in with new roommates. I am a very reserved person. But that doesn’t mean I don’t care about what’s going on around me. Despite our differences I love being with them. I also love the environment that the organization has created. Youth for Honduras is a place for youth who leave children’s homes to become independent.
I want to obtain a bachelor’s degree in administration. My dream is to work in a bank or a similar company.
I think the most difficult part of coming here was the mix of emotions I felt. I have been afraid and sad but also had a great time in Youth for Honduras. It was hard to move away from home.
I went to church regularly before I came here. When the Honduran society opens up again after the coronavirus crisis, I will definitely find a again church. I also want to serve in that same church when I, little by little, get more and more used to Tegucigalpa.
I feel very thankful. Youth for Honduras gives us a motive to think about the future. Here, they care for us. We just have to put an effort into it, be responsible, and fulfil what they request.
I attend church here in Tegucigalpa and I am also in a cell group every Friday. They have said that I can become a part of their Sunday school service if I want. I have volunteered in this area before and I think I can help others a lot this way.
It is my dream to become a teacher in PE in a bilingual school. I also dream of getting married and have a house and make a home for animals who don’t have a home. Another dream is to visit South Korea. One of my hobbies is to watch Korean dramas.
I am putting everything in the hands of God because He is in control. He will continue doing what he has planned for my life.
I have this dream of studying foreign languages and when I graduate, I want to teach. But not only languages. I also want to give dancing classes in English. Actually, I have a dream of becoming an actor as well and travel all over the world. I dream of having a beautiful family, help those who really need it, and live in the country side.
I lived in the country side before I moved to Tegucigalpa and it has been a difficult shift. I had to leave people I love and get to know new people. I felt like I couldn’t make it so I went away from God for a while. But now I try to reconstruct my relationship with God because I know that I am nobody without Him. I want my relation to Him to grow deeper. I want Him to continue acting in my life.
I want to study international trade to become an entrepreneur in a national or international institution.
Youth for Honduras is an excellent association. It is hard to share a lot with a lot of new people but it is great getting to know them better and make new friendships. It has not been easy but it is good. I also like to be around other youth in my church. There are special meetings and activities for us. I go there every Sunday.