This committee was created
to give our children in and on the streets an
opportunity to obtain a good life and become
responsible men and women in the community.
We exist through donations
and volunteers, but have operational and
personnel costs. Comite San Pedrano del Nino holds one annual benefit to provide funding, and relies on local
institutions and individuals who donate work, foods,
medicines, clothing, etc. to support our
||WHAT WE DO
the streets consider us their home and their workplace. These children have suffered from every kind of abuse; drugs,
extreme poverty, etc.
"street workers" who are professional
teachers and psycologists, and whose job it is to be a friend
to these children in their own environment. The end result is that these children are voluntarily helped into a normal
and better way of life.
We have a building called La
Posada del Niño (Children's Hostel) which serves as a shelter and
half-way house for children from 4 to 14 years of
age. In this "posada", we have
a small informal school
(recognized by the Ministry of Education), a
medical clinic and pharmacy (donated by local
companies) which are attended by a permanent nurse
and 12 volunteer doctors of different
specialities; a dental clinic (donated by the
International Hospital for Children in
Louisiana); a psycological clinic, a workshop for
arts and crafts, dormitories, lavatories,
kitchen, dining room, laundry, 2 activity
rooms, and offices. Games and recreation take
place outside on the park grounds.
give us room for 30 resident children who are
constantly under the care of professionals who
provide them with love, guidance and
discipline. We are open 24 hours. The only
pre-requisite to enter is to be drug-free and
disarmed. The child is never forced to enter or
stay - he/she may leave whenever they want.
While these children are
being coaxed to voluntarily enter and stay in the
"posada", we learn of their family's
situation. We work towards making it better and
try to reinsert the child into his/her home. If
this is not possible, we search for relatives who
might want to take the child in. Should this not be possible,
we then guide the child to other institutions
which are more apt for his/her needs. This phase
takes approximately 10 to 12 months, as we
do not force any situation or change - the child
must want to take this step, and the family or
institution must be ready to admit him/her.
Once the child has left the
"posada", we continue being his/her
friend, and are trusted to be there for them.
They attend local public schools, but must return
to the center every Saturday with at least one
parent or guardian for conferences, workshops,
remedial school work, and psychological guidance.
In the 8 years we have been
operating, we have helped approximately 2000
children who are now in a diferent and better
life. We have had some losses also, but these make
us work even harder.
SPONSORS! The children in
the public schools and in our little school need
materials, uniforms, shoes, socks, etc., in addition to a
basket of food (bi-monthly or monthly, depending
on the size of the family) so that child will not
be back on the street to work. They also
need transportation to or from the center every
Saturday, as a means to oversee the child's
situation in the family.
To sponsor a child it costs US$125.00 a year. We have local sponsors and some
foreign sponsors, but need all the sponsors
we can get, as there is a long waiting list.
We are proud to say we have some high-school and
technical school graduates who are good workers.
school needs audio-visual materials, posters,
flash cards, books in Spanish, puzzles, table
games, chess, dominoes, bingo, checkers, etc. The
purpose of our school is not only to provide
informal schooling, but to teach and train the
child to pay attention and observe class-room
discipline. (Once they can master this, they will
be accepted by a formal public school.) Remember,
the child must want to go to school!
Our vocational manual
workshop needs all kinds of materials, from
needles and threads, to paints and crayons, to
mechanical tools. The problem child
must be busy at all times, even during
recreational activities. His/her mind must be
reoriented and many times, practically
"reinvented" after months or years of
Hurricane mitch has
multiplied the number of children in the
streets. Many are homeless or have families who are
still in shelters because they lost not only
their homes, but the land upon which it was built. Many others come from towns who are no
longer on the map, either washed away or completely
covered under a mountain of dirt. Yes, Central America
was badly hit, but Honduras was desvasted! Our
problem has become even bigger, and we need help!
We must work harder than ever before.
We need sponsors! What we
can do for a child, we must do today because this
child can not wait for tomorrow! US$125.00 a year
can go so very very far, and mean the difference
between waste and genius, living and dying! As a
sponsor you will receive information, pictures, etc. of his/her progress and, once they
are able, they themselves will write you.
You may send
donations directly from your bank to our
savings account No.50-440-6, Banco Continental,
San Pedro Sula, Honduras in the name of
"COMITE SANPEDRANO DEL NIÑO"
PLEASE HELP US TO HELP THOSE LITTLE
ONES WHO TRUST IN US AND YOU!
and bless you for your kindness.