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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.”


Ana Yanely

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.”


Ana Benita

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.


Reina Isabel

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.


Luis Fernando

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.


Brenda Paola

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.


Jennifer Cristina

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.


Maria Cruz

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.


Jennifer Karolina

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.


Jenifer Gabriela

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.