In both Buen Pastor and Talita Kumi there are hogares for special needs kids (and even a few adults). NPH also has a home in Tegus, Casa Angeles, for the severely mentally and physically handicapped. Other than gang affiliation, NPH really accepts all kids, no matter where they come from, whether they have been to school, or if they have a disease/disorder/handicap. It’s a pretty phenomenal thing.
There is also Casa Eva. This is a home of abuelos (grandparents). These older people are not necessarily related to any of the kids on The Ranch, but really had no other place to go. Some are HIV positive, some are really sick, and some are just old and have no family. There is actually a young woman who had a stroke, and her three kids (the youngest in the baby home) live on The Ranch. It’s such an awesome thing to have for both the pequenos and the abuelos to have each other. Yesterday we had some café y pan (coffee and bread… such a Honduran thing) with them. They love just chatting and laughing. It was a great time.
Every other weekend we work, which means we are with our hogar for the day. So, today, I have been with Hailey and her girls, Hermanas de Jesus, which are the really girly teenagers, who don’t like having new people around. So, I was a little nervous about meeting them, but overall it has been good. Most of them left me alone, but a few were really welcoming and helped me with my Spanish!
We have Mass this afternoon, and I am really looking forward to it. All of us new voluntarios will also present ourselves in front of the almost FIVE hundred kids. Ha, wish me luck!
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