Amy Escoto, Director of Honduras Operations

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Amy has been Director in Honduras since 2010 and has the privilege of raising her two young sons here.  Thomas has been at Amigos since he was one year old; and for Jacob, Amigos de Jesus is the only home he has ever known.  With a Master’s in Social Work and a background in secular and faith-based non-profits, volunteer management and social work in both the US and Honduras, Amy brings a passion for innovation, a deep commitment to effective cross-cultural work, and a love for children.  When she is not doing administrative work, Amy trains our staff and volunteers in Trauma Competent Caregiving and seeks to find creative and unique solutions to our ever-present challenge of working with limited resources in a remote area of a resource-poor country.  Originally from Massachusetts, Amy has lived most of her adult life in Honduras.

What do you like about Amigos de Jesus?

I love that this is my home.  What makes Amigos de Jesus home is that this is a family.  I love that my children grow up alongside the children of Amigos de Jesus.  I love that while  resources are limited, I work with passionate and committed people who give of themselves so completely and fully to enable us to raise healthy, happy children who will one day be healthy, happy adults who will make amazing impacts in the world.

What have you learned at Amigos de Jesus?

I’ve learned many practical skills that greatly benefit our children, I’ve learned how to be an effective manager and leader (roles I never desired or aspired to).  But what I have really learned is about the power of a safe place full of love.  Lives are transformed here and it is an absolute miracle that I get to witness it.  We are mere humans who live and work and love here, and somehow our broken humanness is transformed into a safe and loving place where children heal, grow and thrive.