Churches around the diocese nurture relationships with the Diocese of Honduras, which is led by the Rt. Rev. Lloyd Allen. In Honduras, over half the population lives below the poverty line, 25% are illiterate, and the unemployment rate is over 30%. There are many Episcopal orphanages, homes, and schools in Honduras which seek to serve the needs of children and build a more hopeful future for them.
Our Little Roses
Our Little Roses’ ministry prepares and equips once homeless girls to enter and support themselves in middle class society. The girls attend Holy Familial Bilingual School where uniforms and school fees are provided. Our Little Roses is dedicated to building lives: a majority of the girls they serve graduate high school and attend university. Our Little Roses provides hope, a home, and a sense of family which many of these girls would not have had on the streets.
To find out more, visit: www.ourlittleroses.org
Pictures from St. Alban's trip to Our Little Roses in 2011.
El Hogar Projects
El Hogar provides a loving home and education for abandoned, orphaned, and hopelessly poor children – breaking the cycle of poverty within their families and enabling them to become productive Honduran citizens. Founded in 1979, El Hogar works with 250 boys and girls each year on four campuses: an elementary school, an agricultural school, a technical school, and a residence for high school girls. Our vocational training gives students a chance to join the workforce with valuable skills that benefit them, their families, and their communities. El Hogar is a mission project of the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras.
To find out more, visit: www.elhogar.org
Churches who work in Honduras
All Saints, Richmond, 2006 – Present, supports the town of Protrero Grande through construction projects and Vacation Bible School. They built and provided funding for Santo Nombre Church which was consecrated on July 3, 2011.
Christ Church, Alexandria, 2007 – Present, supports and visits Our Little Roses through annual mission trips for youth 16 or older. Also, sponsors the education and general care of a young resident.
Christ Church, Charlottesville, 2008 – Present, supports Our Little Roses through partnership with St. James’s, Richmond. They have assisted in construction projects at San Jose de la Montana and organized activities for the girls of Our Little Roses.
Church of the Good Shepherd, Burke, 2001 – Present, supports the Faith, Hope and Joy project in San Pedro Sula and has taken trips to El Hogar to help with construction projects. They continue to sponsor scholarships for children at El Hogar and the Bishop of Honduras' grade school.
Grace Church, Alexandria, 2007 – Present, takes mission trips to Our Little Roses and supports scholarships for young residents.
Holy Comforter, Vienna, 2007 – Present, has a companion relationship with Iglesia Espiritu Santo in Santa Rita de Copan, where they provide financial support, assists in construction projects and organizes Vacation Bible School during annual mission trips.
Holy Cross Korean, Falls Church, 2004 – Present, has a partnership with St. Barnabas', Annandale, and together, they share a relationship with Espiritu Santo Episcopal School in which they provide resources, by donating shoes, clothes and food to the surrounding community. They also fund and assist in construction projects within the community. Together, the churches helped establish a mission church in San Martin and have continued to build relationships there.
Immanuel Church, Old Church, Mechanicsville, 2005 – Present, takes medical mission trips, led by two doctors in the congregation, to Marapocay and Puerto Grande through Kutz Humanitarian Initiative for Southern Honduras (KHISH): Proyecto Vision, which does eye examinations and surgeries.
St. Alban’s, Annandale, 2001 – Present, supports Our Little Roses. During annual mission trips, they help with construction projects and organize numerous activities with the girls.
St. Andrew’s, Burke,2010 – Present, takes mission trips to El Hogar and continues to provide scholarship support for a child they sponsor.
St. Barnabas', Annandale, 2004 – Present, has a partnership with Holy Cross Korean, Falls Church, and together, they share a relationship with Espiritu Santo Episcopal School in which they provide resources, by donating shoes, clothes and food to the surrounding community. They also fund and assist in construction projects within the community. Together, the churches helped establish a mission church in San Martin and have continued to build relationships there.
St. David’s, Ashburn, 2003 – Present, sends teams to El Hogar. During mission trips, they assist in construction projects and in the past, have created an El Hogar Yearbook.
St. George’s, Fredericksburg, 2002 – Present, has built a long-standing relationship with the girls and staff of Our Little Roses and have supported them through frequent mission trips.
St. James’, Leesburg,2009 – Present, partners with Agua Para El Pueblo (Water for the People). On trips, they assist in building water systems, as well as installing purification tanks, spickets and latrines to provide clean, safe water to four poor, remote villages in El Copan area.
St. James’s, Richmond, Early 1990s – Present, supports Our Little Roses. They assist with construction projects and organize activities and games with the girls. They have also developed a relationship with San Jose de la Montana, working side-by-side with parishioners there to improve their facilities.
St. Mary’s, Arlington, 2007 – Present, have built a long standing relationship with Iglesia San Lucas in the village of Delicias del Norte and support it through construction projects. They also have a relationship with Our Little Roses and supports their ministry.
St. Peter's-in-the-Woods, Fairfax, 1991 – Present, supports the El Hogar school in Tegucigalpa by providing donations.
Trinity, Fredericksburg, 2007 – 2009, supported the El Hogar school in Tegucigalpa.
Resources and Other Links
- Episcopal Relief and Development program in Honduras
- Water Missions International Honduras project
- The Reverend Lura Kaval, a missioner from the Diocese of Maryland, serves as the Canon for Development for the Diocese of Honduras. You can follow her work at her blog.
Tell Us More
Are you interested in getting involved with our ministries in Honduras? Do you have an existing ministry or connection? Send your comments to Buck Blanchard.