Amigos has affected my life in more ways than I can count. From each individual moment with the children I have learned something new.
Before coming on staff with Amigos de Jesus as the Volunteer and Visitor Coordinator 2 years ago, I worked as a part-time volunteer in the US helping get the summer program off the ground each year. My three children get to accompany me to Honduras each summer. They attend escuelita(our summer program) and build their own relationships with the Amigos kids. I asked my 2 oldest to write what Amigos means to them and here are their responses:
Being a father at Amigos de Jesús is certainly different than being a father in a small family. Our very large family now has over 130 children living in more than 10 different houses, with many fathers to go around. But our job is the same as that of any good father: to love our kids, to take care of them now and to prepare them for the future.
On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, employees of Berkshire Bank in Pennsylvania spent the afternoon volunteering for Amigos de Jesus.
Amigos de Jesús held its 2019 Golf Outing at Fieldstone Golf Club in Delaware on May 20. Over 80 golfers attended the event which raised over $75K to help fund our school and bilingual education programs in Honduras.
Life in Honduras is not always easy. Life at Amigos de Jesus is not always easy.
Life in rural Honduras can be difficult. Frequent power outages, poor internet services, non-stop problems with access to water, terrible roads, and a complete lack of public services mean that anything we need has to be created by us. Our incredible team of workers makes working in these conditions look easy, but it is not.
Damian* and I work on his English together everyday. His nephew, Ignacio* (who is more like a little brother to Damian) always waits for us to be done so we can do more fun things together; like the two boys running back and forth across the yard while I time them, or making up our own make-believe town with wood blocks and dirt mounds. But today, in lieu of English lessons or play-time, we all went up with a group of kids to pray the rosary by the big cross on the hill.