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Ana Darlenis

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 sub­scribed to 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.”

 

Mercy

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.”

 

 

Eduardo

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. Ru­ti­nes had to change and I had to adapt to real life. I still have con­tact to 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.”

 

 

Maria

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.”

 

 

Brenda

I want to be a per­son that serves so­ci­ety and is ac­tive in the world!

I’m a jour­nal­ist 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 trans­mit­ter on TV. I be­lieve that I can trust God and find my way in life.”

 

Verenise

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.”

 

 

Mabel

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 away 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.”

 

Evelyn

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 an­oth­er 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.”

 

Nahín

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.”

 

 

Alejandra

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.”

 

 

Reina

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 ben­e­fit­ted 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.”

 

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.

 

 

Ernesto

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.”

 

 

 

Leyla

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 year 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 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.”

 

 

Cindy

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.”

 

 

Ronal

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!”

 

Sherly

I study 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.

 

 

Franklin

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.”

 

Nora

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.”

 

 

Manuel

I’m God thank­full 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 en 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.”

 

 

Maricela

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.

 

 

Kennet

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.

 

 

Marbely

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.

 

 

 

Bella

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 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.