“My dream is to take courses at Instituto Nacional de Formación Profesional or INFOP [technical education] because I like to use my hands to create things. I have just enrolled in the mobile repair course and during that course we also learn how to start our own business. It will take three months and afterwards I would like to find a job or take other courses at INFOP, for example the baking and confectionery course.
I also dream of helping other young people with what I have learned and motivate them. Through Youth for Honduras, I came into contact with a project called Timoteos where I work as a volunteer. We visit children’s homes, and through activities and talks we educate the children in themes such as human rights, self-esteem, and the realities of the present world. In Youth for Honduras, I have myself been introduced to these realities and this helps me grow personally.”
“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 have just joined the Honduran Navy. I have a great interest in this area and hope I will do excellent here. My future dream is to become an engineer, but my two most important dreams are God and my future spouse.
Moving out of my orphanage and into the transition house of Youth for Honduras was a huge and difficult step in my life. Routines had to change and I had to adapt to real life. I still have contact with friends in my former orphanage but I haven’t been in contact with my biological family for many years. However, I would be very happy to reconnect to them and learn more about my origins.”
“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 want to overcome my past and give myself the chance of knowing that I can be someone in life. I want to prepare myself for studying food technology at the university so right now I am taking courses in the INFOP to become a kitchen assistant.
My goal is to work at a cruise ship. There, I will develop my skills and be a part of a team where everyone takes turns in cooking, serving, and cleaning. With the courses from INFOP as well as an English course, I only need to complete a marine course which I will soon begin. Then, I’ll be ready to seek employment at a cruise ship. Apart from my studies, I have my own business making and selling bracelets.”
“My goal for the future is to obtain a university degree in social work. If everything goes well, I will graduate in 2021 so I keep focused on my studies. Afterwards, I want to find employment as a social worker, for example in an organization or among vulnerable families. While growing up in an SOS Children’s Village, I have with my own eyes seen how important it is to help children and youth in Honduras. And not all have equal opportunities. I want to make a difference and give to others what I have received.
With Youth for Honduras, I can build up my capacities and develop as a person. I really enjoy our workshops and learn a lot. Being a part of this program helps me reach my goals. Just think about how huge a difference it makes for me and other youth. Without the organization we would have to build up everything ourselves — and without a family to support us.”
“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’m thankful that I passed the test and entered the Youth for Honduras program. For me it is a new experience to live with new young people and in a new city. I already benefited from my new network here as one of the girls I live with helped me get in contact with the family that I now work for. I’m taking care of the one-year-old daughter who is adopted into the family. This is a very special experience for me as her situation reminds me of my own. I believe this job is a gift from God. In the future I would like to take courses in cooking.
The most difficult part of starting with Youth for Honduras definitely was to move away from my foster family. But I regularly get the chance to visit them. It has also helped me that I was invited to join the church of another girl in my house. I have always been a part of a community but now it means more to me.”
“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.”
“Being part of Youth for Honduras is a good chance for me to improve myself and be a successful person. I want to move forward fast and benefit from the workshops the NGO is offering. I think every one of those workshops has given me something new as well as created an atmosphere of relaxation and networking.
My goal is to start my own business. I still have a lot to prepare but I already have people in my network who I feel I can trust and who can orientate me in the process. I would like to have one or more shops where I can sell clothes, shoes, phones, and also offer hairdressing. I have experience with hairdressing through my former and current job and it really has my interest. To help me make my dream come true, I chose to study engineering in logistics management.”
“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 too 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.