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Hope of Jesus Children’s Home

In August 2006, Mike and Kim Miller, missionaries with the Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders (SAMS), followed the Lord’s calling by moving to Honduras under the invitation of the Bishop of the Honduran Episcopal Church to initiate a children’s home project within the diocese. In December 2010, Hope of Jesus Children’s Home, a refuge for orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children, opened its doors and received the first child. Now, approximately seventeen children live at the home. They come from a wide variety of social and cultural backgrounds but all share the need for stability and protection.  Under the care and guidance of the housemothers, teachers, tutors, psychologists and the many others invested in their lives, the boys and girls have all grown significantly since their first days at the home. Hope of Jesus Children’s Home exists to provide protection and daily care for vulnerable children the government has placed in the protective system in Honduras by offering them a safe home with Christian values, a loving family environment, and improved educational opportunities.  The home and its staff aspire to raise healthy boys and girls in the love of God and the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ, empowering them to become competent young leaders in their communities. The children are equipped with the tools needed to break the vicious and often violent cycle of poverty not only for themselves, but for generations to come. In short, this ministry is fostering hope. Hope Farm, founded in 2007, is a coffee plantation operated by the Millers, which provides a small income for the children’s home. Green coffee beans harvested at Hope Farm are shipped to the U.S. to be sold under the private label “Hope Farm Coffee.” All proceeds from sales placed on www.HopeFarmCoffee.com go directly toward supporting the children at Hope of Jesus Children’s Home. Orphan Outreach partners with Hope of Jesus Children’s Home to transform and diversify the type of care being provided, with the goal of addressing the gaps within the Honduran child protection system in order to better serve children currently in placement and others within the system through the following:
  • Reintegration
  • After-care services
  • Community/Family strengthening initiatives
  • Foster care
  • Child assessment services

The children in this program are available for monthly sponsorship. For more information about sponsoring a child, please contact KMiller@orphanoutreach.org
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  • Population: 7,483,763 (2007)
  • Birth Rate: 27.59 births/1,000 population
  • Death Rate: 5.32 deaths/1,000 population
  • Infant Mortality Rate total: 25.21 deaths/1,000 live births
  • Population below poverty line: 50.7% (2004)
  • Est. # people living with HIV/AIDS: 63,000; 1.5% adult (15-49) prevalence rate (2005)
  • Unemployment rate: 27.8% (2007)
  • Literacy Rate (age 15 + can read & write): 80% total population (2001)
  • Estimated 180,000 children (0-17) orphaned (2005)
  • Type of Government: Democratic Constitutional Republic
  • Language(s): Spanish; indigenous languages
  • Religion: Roman Catholic (97%), Protestant (3%)
  • Honduras is located in Central America, and is bordered by Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua and has Caribbean and Pacific coasts.
  • Honduran society is rife with economic inequality. Malnutrition, poor housing and infant diseases are widespread.
  • UNICEF estimates that there are more than 180,000 orphans in Honduras.
  • Only 43 percent of children enrolled in public schools complete the primary level. Of all children entering the first grade, only 30 percent go on to secondary school, and only 8 percent continue to the university.
  • Figures cited by the Ministry of Education suggest that Honduras suffers from widespread illiteracy (more than 40 percent of the total population and more than 80 percent in rural areas).
  • Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America, and one of the poorest in Western Hemisphere with 53% of the population living below the poverty line.
  • Honduras was devastated by Hurricane Mitch in 1998. At least 10,000 people were killed and millions were left destitute. The damage was estimated at $3 billion, setting development back by decades.