Orphaned and At-Risk Children
There are over 200,000 orphaned and at-risk children in Honduras. This devastating number alone conveys the tremendous need for love and care for these beautiful children of God. Unfortunately, that is just the beginning. Absent loving families, education, nutrition, and other necessary care, most of these children, and many other at-risk children in similar situations, will end up involved with self-destructive behavior (such as drug, prostitution, and gang activity) because it is all they know and they believe it is what they have to do to survive. The vast majority of orphaned children tragically live out their lives on the streets, without a mom, dad, or anything else resembling a family. It is our prayer that La Providencia will continually serve as a hope for some of these children, where they can receive the family, love, care, education, medical care, and encouragement that every child needs. Not only do we love and care for these children, but we know that they are integral parts of their families, will graduate from high school and college, and will be leaders in Honduran society who live out James 1:27 as adults with their own families.
In addition to the orphaned children, La Providencia serves at-risk children from the local Aguas del Padre community, who are in need of proper nutrition, medical care, and education. Many of these children suffer from the effects of extreme poverty, such as poor health, malnourishment, and neglect. Prior to entering school at age 4, the children are properly nourished in our community feeding program for 6-8 weeks to ensure that their bodies and minds are ready for Academia La Providencia. Once these children are of school age, they receive a top-caliber education at Academia La Providencia, as well as continuing nourishment and medical care at La Providencia.
By loving and caring for the fatherless, oppressed, sick, and poor today, we pray that renewal and revival of Honduras will happen tomorrow. By acting as a model for thousands of other orphanages around the world, La Providencia and In Pursuit of Orphan Excellence are inspiring and equipping others to bring the same love and care to millions of other orphaned and at-risk children throughout the world.