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(AFE) Love, Faith, & Hope: Amor, Fe, Y Esperanza, [The Dump in Tegucigalpa]

There are approximately 300 children working at the dump in Tegucigalpa – some as young as 5 and 6 years of age. They collect trash to sell and make less than a dollar a day. They face the challenges of disease, forced child prostitution, and death – a life with little hope. That is the reality that Jeony Ordonez saw when he brought his 5 year old daughter to the dump to dispose of some trash. His little girl begged him to help the children and that is how AFE was started. The ministry started addressing the educational and spiritual needs of the children on the dump site and then across the street next to a soccer field under a tree for several years. A mission group built two buildings where they were meeting under the trees and the government gave them the rights to the land. Two more buildings have been built since Orphan Outreach has been involved, a kitchen/cafeteria and a high school building. God is blessing Jeony’s faithfulness and his daughter’s compassion.

The school has a nursery and classes from Kindergarten to high school and serves over 100 students. Many of the children are still forced to work at the dump but are in classes at least half a day. Orphan Outreach has provided a large playground, many school furnishings, teacher and school supplies, operational funds for the school, a full-time case manager, funds for connecting electricity to the campus, and other construction projects. Short-term mission teams support AFE by providing teacher retreats, after school programs, education support, an annual mother’s day celebration, building homes for families with children attending the school and feeding and evangelism in the dump.
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