HELPING HONDURAS KIDS

Rating: 5 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, International

Location: 305 Vineyard Town Center 253 % Treasurer Morgan Hill CA 95037 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

I began working with Helping Honduras Kids as a volunteer in 2006 from the USA, and have volunteered in many roles over the last 8 years. In 2010, I visited Honduras to see the Children's Home and Jungle School and my heart has forever belonged to the children I met since then. I was so impressed with the great work this organization has done to make a better future for so many children. Kids that were abandoned, abused, neglected and/or orphaned now have a beautiful home to live in; they have a great school to attend, and they have caretakers and teachers who love them and have spent many years making the children's lives better. HHK is dedicated to helping kids that have come from all kinds of abusive pasts and help them heal with the love of Christ Jesus.
In 2012 I decided to make the move to Honduras and become a permanent part of working with HHK. I became a member of their Board and serve as Secretary. I love the kids and the hugs and the laughter. Life in Honduras and with the children is not without its challenges, but all the joys and smiles make up for it all. It has been a great time of healing for the children at the Hogar de Amor over the years.
I would recommend anyone that wants to have a truly great volunteer experience should visit Honduras and help them for a month or more. There are many children who need sponsorship too, and you can be confident that your money goes to the children and the programs that you designate it to. HHK is a place of integrity and hope for many future generations of children.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I had an amazing experience with Helping Honduras Kids at the Hogar de Amor and the Jungle School when we went on a mission trip last summer. We finally got to meet the girl we had been sending gifts to for Christmas. This sparked a relationship with us sponsoring her and us communicating with her via email. Helping Honduras Kids provides excellent care for these children. Thanks HHK!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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HHK has had a huge impact on my life. I started volunteering at the Hogar de Amor and Jungle School when I was 16 years old, and it has become part of who I am today. The relationships I have made through my involvement in HHK has made me into the person I am today, and I plan to continue volunteering with this organization. This organization shows love and devotion to these children and helps lead the children to a relationship with The Lord. HHK is so inspiring! It is also very refreshing to know that when I donate to HHK, 100% of the money is actually being used to help the children. Once you get involved in this organization, you cannot help but fall in love with the children! Those who already sponsor a child, I strongly recommend that you visit these amazing children! You will come back with such an amazing outlook on life! I would not trade my experiences with HHK for anything in the world!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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2 people found this review helpful

I became a sponsor in 2010, and visited for the first time in 2011...and have been continuously amazed by this ministry ever since. Between the Children's Home and the Jungle School, there are 100 children who take great joy in getting to know you, giving you hugs, showing you the games and tricks and things that they have learned how to do...and craving every second of love and attention you are willing to share with them. As you learn their stories, you begin to understand why. They win a very special place in your heart quickly, as do the leaders of HHK. The directors, teachers, housemother's, and volunteers that work with this organization are totally focused on giving these children the childhood, the family structure, nutrition, education, and relationship with Christ that will give them the best chance possible tor a bright future. They are selfless and fully committed to the wellbeing of the kids. We have been nothing but impressed with every aspect of this ministry, and have continued to increase our support as we see the needs. Knowing the character of those running HHK, and experiencing the gratitude and love freely given by the kids makes supporting Helping Honduras Kids a joy! You can easily see the impact that you are making, and that is rewarding.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...find a way to have more funds on a monthly basis because everything costs money they don't have. I would love to see more of these bright kids go to high school, and those that excel in high school go to college. I would take more families in the mountain monthly food subsidies so that they could eat more than rice and beans, and the kids could be kids rather than gathering firewood and water. I would build a church on the mountain where the kids live, and provide better transportation.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

Besides a regular donor, my wife and I take groups to volunteer at HHK. We have witnessed first hand the love and care that this organization provides to the orphaned and to the children of the Jungle School. In an age where it is hard to trust that donated dollars are being put to good use, it is a breath of fresh air to see how this organization makes every dollar we donate count! I encourage every donor to visit and see for themselves, but you might find that something more lasting will happen to you. You might think that you are going there to serve, but will quickly find how those people in need serve you with their love, gratitude, and smiles.

The only way to help individuals out of poverty is education and teaching the love of God. The organization rates an A+ on both accounts.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ensure they had more resources to accomplish more.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

HHK is having a real impact. It is a cohesive set of programs providing free elementary education, a nutritious lunch, and high school. In addition HHK runs a children's home (orphanage) and lovingly cares for over 20 boys and girls that have come from tragic circumstances. And more...they regularly do food distributions to local campesinos. The poverty in this region makes like difficult, but thanks to the financial support of donors and volunteers we are able to mold and change lives. Happy, healthy, educated children who are taught the Gospel and are rising up to become responsible young adults. We receive no government funding but we are an all-volunteer organization which means your donation goes directly to the program of your choice.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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2 people found this review helpful

HHK is an amazing organization that provides an orphanage for abused, abandoned, or neglected children as well as a free elementary school to impoverished kids in the river region. During my many visits I have always been impressed with the values instilled in the kids and how the combination of education, a nourishing meal, and a lot of love can breathe a sense of optimism and hope. There are currently 22 kids in the children's home called Hogar de Amor (place of love). There are 103 kids in the free elementary school that is amazingly well run. In addition, the kids are all fed a nourishing lunch which for most will be the only good meal of the day. HHK also does food outreach to several campesino villages and the kids from the children's home help with the distribution. HHK receives no government funding, relying totally on individual donations or child sponsorships. They are trying to finish construction on a larger children's home, a tilapia pond to provide protein for the children, and are in need of a larger passenger van. Please consider giving to this charity, volunteering, or bringing a team.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

How was my experience you ask? Let me put it this way, I volunteered at the Hogar de Amor for the latter six months of last year and I just got my plane ticket to fly back August 25 for a whole year. I absolutely loved every moment of volunteering for HHK. I love the people, the area is so beautiful and with the weekends off there is so much time to explore and see new things, and lastly the kids are some of the sweetest kids I have ever met. There were days that I questioned why I ever came, but those days made me stronger. I fully recommend considering volunteering for HHK. These guys know what they are doing!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...each of the kids' faces. They go to bed each night with a full stomach and knowing someone on earth loves them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...getting to know each of the children and their specific needs and personalities. Once I got past their little barriers they put up and they know they can trust me, I started seeing who they really are: just little people. Not orphans.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

... above and beyond what I expected. Besides the kids, the volunteers made my stay much better. We became a family.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

... build a better facility for more children and be able to spend more money on outings and field trips. Also pay for a few more full time teachers in their school.

Ways to make it better...

... I had a clearer picture what I was going to be doing while I was there.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

... the local people in Agua Caliente and money. Money is the biggest.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I cannot wait till I get to spend an entire year with these kids and organization. (I hope to see you there!!!)

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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24 people found this review helpful

Helping Honduras Kids is a truly and great NGO with Christian values that is doing everything posible to provide love, education adn Health to improve the lives of orphaned, abandoned, abused and/or neglected children on the North Coast of Honduras.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

caring for 23 kids that have been abused, and now they are in a place that has almost everything that they need to have a future full of good memories and great values..

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

is been able to connect other that wan to help kids and has the desire to spend their time with the kids and become one big family

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great, overall volunteer are so much involeve in teh life of teh kis and very commited to their roll in the kids life..

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

made a bigger inpact in the life of so many kids that need it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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