“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 already achieved one of my goals: to enter university and begin studying radiology. Later on, I hope to find a job so that I will be able to pay for more education, this time in nutrition. Everything related to health has my interest — most of all to have personal contact with and take care of patients. I completed my internship in 2016 with Red Cross where I had the chance to teach high-school students in topics like personal hygiene and sexuality.
In February 2018 I had a heart operation. Before the operation, I was struggling doing simple physical exercises such as walking. After the operation, it has taken me a lot of energy to recover. I am thankful for the persons from Youth for Honduras that I live with. They have helped me a lot making my everyday life function again.”
“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 thank God that I have been given this opportunity to grow as a person. I have a positive attitude and I have a desire to continue growing.
I would like to finish my university studies in social work where I only have 1 1/2 years left and I want to be able to work in order to be an independent person as well as helping and volunteering in this NGO, so more youth can benefit from this program. This year, for example, I will be a supervisor in one of the transition houses.”
“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!”
“I’m studying to become a nurse but, recently, I fulfilled my dream of finding a part time job so, right now, I am putting a lot of efforts into making it a success. I work as a barista at Espresso Americano and get a lot of training on how to do a great job. In my church, I am a part of a team that invites youth from the streets to church. We also prepare a meal for them.
I’m grateful for this opportunity that was offered me through Youth for Honduras and my wish is to get to know my society and country more and more each day. I hope one day to be able to help other young people who didn’t get the same chance as I.”
“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.
I dream of having a stable life with a permanent job, my own house, and a family. I will begin studying a bachelor’s degree in administration informatics and, hopefully, I’ll be able to find a job where I can administrate an enterprise.
This short time, so far, with Youth for Honduras has been amazing! I am very thankful, and the best is their focus on Jesus in all of their work. I feel that I have adapted quickly to things here. I have not yet found a church to attend in Tegucigalpa but I am looking.
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 would like to study nutrition and one day work in a private clinic. My dream is to help people with diseases related to their diets. I also dream of having my own family.
Getting started here in Tegucigalpa has been very difficult for me. I am used to the activities and way of doing things in my former orphanage, but now it is totally different. I have to figure out how to form my own life but I also feel blessed in this process.
My name is Elmer and I am 19 years old. I have lived in Project Manuelito in Tegucigalpa for 11 years. It has not been difficult to move away from Manuelito and become a part of Youth for Honduras as I am still living in the same city. I think Youth for Honduras has a great program that helps youth to reach their goals.
In 2019, I hope to be able to study at the university. I have finished high school with a focus on science and technology so I would like to continue this path and study engineering. When I graduate university, it is my dream to work in a big company and, later, to start my own business and in this way help my family.
I have a personal relation to the Lord. Maybe it was better before but I never left Him and I have always assisted church and served there when needed.
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 would like to study social work at university. My biggest dream is to help others as I have been helped. I would like to do this through a job at a children’s home. Maybe first, I can help somewhere as a volunteer. Social work is interesting to me because you work in communities and networks with human beings.
I am planning to get the most and best out of being here so that I can graduate one day. But I also get inspired from the workshops Youth for Honduras gives us because they help us help others. This I can use in my professional career.
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 want to study metal construction because I have worked as a volunteer at a hospital repairing different things. I liked it a lot. If I can find a job in Tegucigalpa, I’ll stay here and work. But if not, I have the opportunity to work at the hospital close to my children’s home.
When I moved to Tegucigalpa, I was a bit nervous. I had to leave my brother and my friends behind, and I thought a lot about that. But to complete my goals in life, I need to move forward. I want to earn my money and have a house and a family. Youth for Honduras is a great support in that, but I also need to do my part. Thursdays and Sundays, I go to church. I like to do sports and go swimming with my friends, too.
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.
My dream is to study biology, so I hope to enter a university that I’ll like. I see myself working on the Honduran Bahía Islands studying turtles and the flora.
I think the first year in the program will be difficult because I am away from my family living with other youth. And everything depends on their characters and attitudes. I mean, if someone takes a bad decision in the house, we all pay for it.
But I am used to live in Tegucigalpa, so that doesn’t scare me. I know a lot of places here, even danger. Three years ago, I got to know the wrong persons, but thanks to God I’m here now and I have changed lifestyle completely.
I’m happy to go to church in Brigadas de Amor Cristiano. I don’t go there because I’m obliged to but because I want it. That’s a huge difference. I don’t think anyone should obligate others to go to church.
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.