Shortly before we returned to Roatan, before I had even made our plane reservations, I was chatting with my friend, Susan Campbell who was already on the island, and she mentioned that she knew at least 50 children from the colonia in Sandy Bay who would not be able to attend school this year for lack of a sponsor. Work has been scarce for many families, they struggle just to put food on the table, and the cost of outfitting each child for public school (approx. $75.) is just beyond them. (It seems ludicrous that such a poor country would insist that children cannot attend public school unless they have the proper uniform, black shoes, and school supplies.) Susan, a retired school teacher, was saddened by this as was I. We both believe that educating the Honduran children gives them a better chance of improving their lives. I offered to “shake the bushes” back home and see if I could raise any donations.
I posted on Facebook and sent a message out to old high school friends and family and the next day I had 4 donations. Each day, more donations rolled in. The interesting thing about this was that Susan and Larry would meet a family who had x number of kids unable to attend school who were asking for help, and the very next day I would receive that exact number of donations to cover those kids!!! This happened over and over again. God was clearly doing a good work here, meeting needs daily. It was beautiful to watch.
Bayron, Leti and family
Larry and Susan took many of the kids shopping to outfit them for school: uniforms, shoes, backpacks, notebooks, etc., other families were given money to shop on their own and requested to bring back the receipts.
Susan took plenty of photos of the children and gave me permission to share them with you. In addition she also sent this thank you note from one of the mothers:
And lastly, a note from Arezzi for you.... Estamos muy agradesidos con Dios y con usted y su amiga no la conocemos pero eya tiene buen corazón Gracias a dios! We are very grateful to God and with you and your friend we do not know her but she has a good heart Thank God.
Arezzi and family
Keira’s mom, Rosa broke down in tears when Keira’s school needs were met. Her husband has been out of work, and they didn’t know how they could send Keira to school.
We were thrilled to learn that Travis and Tish’s ministry provided for 25 of these 50 kids. We were humbled to realize that another 26 children were ready for school on the first day thanks to the generosity of people I knew – old high school friends, church friends, family, and friends and work colleagues of my daughter.
Along the way – a boy needed a pair of pants, 2 boys needed P.E. uniforms and shoes, another needed only bus money. Every need was met as it came up!
A huge THANK YOU to all who responded to the needs of the children. Their families are so very grateful; they praise God for sending you to help them.