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Merry Christmas!

Posted by on Dec 24, 2017 in News | No Comments
Merry Christmas!

In this Christ­mas sea­son, we of­ten re­flect on the year gone by, and what a won­der­ful year it has been! We are grate­ful for the many suc­cess­es and bless­ings we have wit­nessed as the Tran­si­tion Hon­duras pro­gram has com­plet­ed its first full year of op­er­a­tion. We have 14 youth in our first- and sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion, and we are about to wel­come our third gen­er­a­tion into the pro­gram.

 

What we have been doing

The past few months’ ac­tiv­i­ties have been of huge im­por­tance for our youth, work­ing with them on dif­fer­ent as­pects of life aca­d­e­m­ic, spir­i­tu­al, recre­ation­al and pro­fes­sion­al.

1.      The youth are re­ceiv­ing com­put­er and Eng­lish class­es every week at our of­fice.

2.      The youth have re­ceived train­ing from pro­fes­sion­als out­side of our or­ga­ni­za­tion in en­tre­pre­neur­ship, preg­nan­cy pre­ven­tion, den­tal hy­giene, and many oth­er sub­jects.

3.      The youth are at­tend­ing dif­fer­ent class­es at INFOP (vo­ca­tion­al school).

4.      Some of the youth have start­ed to go reg­u­lar­ly to church where they have been en­rolled in youth ac­tiv­i­ties.

5.      The youth have been to mu­se­ums, get­ting to know their coun­try, tra­di­tions, and cul­ture. We have also been on recre­ation­al trips where we get to have fun to­geth­er and get to know each oth­er bet­ter day by day.

Af­ter the first year in our tran­si­tion hous­es, the youth move out to their own in­de­pen­dent house­hold. They are still in our pro­gram, but we are slow­ly em­pow­er­ing them step by step to take con­trol of their own life and in­de­pen­dence.  Our first-gen­er­a­tion youth have now been liv­ing out on their own since Au­gust and it’s go­ing re­al­ly well. Our sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion youth that start­ed with us this year in Jan­u­ary are get­ting ready for this new step in tran­si­tion and in­de­pen­dence. By the end of De­cem­ber, they will be mov­ing out to apartments that they will rent on their own.

 

Third Generation

The in­ter­view­ing process for our third-gen­er­a­tion of youth has been very sat­is­fy­ing, and every­thing has been go­ing as planned. We have vis­it­ed many youth with great tal­ent and com­pe­tence and the will to reach their goals.

We had 35 youth ap­ply­ing for next year’s 12 open spots. The youth go through a three-step in­ter­view process. The first in­ter­view is at their home (meet­ing them in their com­fort zone), the sec­ond in­ter­view is at our of­fice (meet­ing them out of their com­fort zone), and the third in­ter­view is a camp where we screen the youth through dif­fer­ent team build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. It’s been a bless­ing to feel wel­comed and en­cour­aged to keep up the good work as we vis­it each of the children’s homes through this process.

We have just fin­ished the third and last in­ter­view and have in­vit­ed 15 youth to start our pro­gram this com­ing Jan­u­ary 2018. It’s been dif­fi­cult to se­lect only 12 out of so many very qual­i­fied youth and we have there­fore de­cid­ed to open three ex­tra spots in this third-gen­er­a­tion.

Fur­ther­more, we have been blessed to have ten of our youth in The Tim­o­theus Project (a youth project of the Dan­ish and Hon­duran Bap­tist Youth). They’re be­ing trained to be­come men­tors for oth­er teens at five children’s homes around Tegu­ci­gal­pa, so they can pre­pare them for the tran­si­tion as they get read to leave their children’s homes.

 

Upcoming events

De­cem­ber:

·        2nd gen­er­a­tion youth mov­ing to own apart­ments

·     Prepar­ing for 3 gen­er­a­tion

·        Christ­mas lunch with all staff and youth

Jan­u­ary:

·        3rd gen­er­a­tion moves in

·        Work­shops, train­ings, in­di­vid­ual plan­ning with each of the new youth

·        Uni­ver­si­ty start up

·        Fol­low up on 1st and 2nd gen­er­a­tion

 

We want to thank you all for your sup­port this year. We are grate­ful for your con­tin­ued prayers for the youth and our pro­gram. We are look­ing for spon­sors for our youth, so if you are in­ter­est­ed or know of some­one or a church, or­ga­ni­za­tion, or busi­ness that would be in­ter­est­ed, please let us know at info@transitionhonduras.org. (The cost of the pro­gram for each youth is $250/month.) We are al­ways hap­py to ex­plain the de­tails of our pro­gram and how even small amounts of fi­nan­cial sup­port make a great im­pact in our suc­cess. To make a do­na­tion, please go to:

http://www.transitionhonduras.org/donate/

 

Mer­ry Christ­mas!

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