Casa de Esperanza Ministries, Inc. began in 2005 to assist girls leaving Honduran orphanages to transition into their adult lives. The organization was structured when the founders saw the need to continue to develop the girls’ skills and education levels after leaving the orphanage. Many girls from orphanages have not completed their secondary education and they have not been taught skills necessary for entering into Honduran society. We help provide a place these girls can live as long as they are in school and work to increase their level of independence.
Young adults leaving orphanages in Honduras do not have enough vocational skills, nor have they developed basic life skills, such as banking, balancing a budget, learning to cook, learning proper nutrition, using public transportation, prioritizing their time and finishing their education. Without these life skills many upon leaving the orphanage enter a life of poverty and at times return to the streets selling themselves to prostitution, alcohol and drugs, thus continuing the cycle of poverty. Without family and friends supporting their lives, they are forced to survive on their own and meet only their immediate needs. Without at least a secondary education, jobs are difficult to find, especially sustainable jobs that support an individual or family.
To transition young adults from orphanage care to independent living, Casa de Esperanza Ministries established a home where several young adults live in a supportive family environment. This home serves as a safe place to live for several years while they complete their studies or learn a trade, grow spiritually and build the life skills necessary to make a successful transition to independent adulthood. Casa de Esperanza seeks to improve the girl’s lives through Christian principles, education, budgeting of time, money and nutrition. We currently have three girls residing in the house continuing their education and three continuing in higher education.