VILLA SOLEADA CHILDREN’S HOME
THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN IN HONDURAS ARE ORPHANED, ABANDONED OR ESTRANGED FROM THEIR FAMILIES DUE TO VIOLENCE AND EXTREME POVERTY.
We are committed to combating the violence
and poverty these kids face, and in the meantime
– keeping them Safe at Home.
Because the majority of the children in the program have been affected and traumatized by violence, they receive professional counseling from a specialized psychologist. Our team works with the kids to discover their pasts so they can move forward or reunite with their families in the future.
We focus on finding and fostering the talents of each individual child in the program. These may include sports, painting, martial arts, music, cooking, and vocational work. The children develop self-esteem from participating in these activities which also serve as therapy towards their trauma.
The kids either attend the Villa Soleada Bilingual School, or other private schools in El Progresso.
To create a family-like environment, the project consists of multiple homes, each with a Honduran housemother that looks after 10 to 12 children. As the kids get older, they are moved into a transitional home where they can practice becoming independent adults.
The children receive 3 nutritious meals per day, go to school, receive afternoon tutoring sessions, and become a part of our community soccer program. We integrate the children into the surrounding community as much as possible.
This program is run completely by local Honduran leaders who will be support them for years to come.
Since the very beginning of our Home, we’ve tried to uphold what UNICEF has asked of from NGOs like us: “to undertake effective case management of all children in institutions to understand well their family status and to facilitate their reunification with their families or communities wherever possible.”
SEE WHAT THE KIDS ARE UP TO
We are developing programs like One Cup of Coffee, that will help the home become financially self-sustainable. Currently, we are expanding our organic farm, and keeping up small micro-businesses with the kids.
Our goal is to help each child in the home become self-sufficient adults, with a university degree or some form of vocational training. We do not have a specific cutoff age for our children who become young adults, as we fully understand that each child develops differently. In the coming years we will be developing the transitional home and making room for more young children in the home.