Padrino Wilson has been Director of Amigos de Jesus in Honduras since 2010. He comes to the role as head of the family and father to many children from his own difficult personal experiences including being raised at another children’s home in Honduras. Wilson is known for being both a strict and firm disciplinarian and a fun, loving and consistent presence in our children’s lives. His entire career has been spent working with vulnerable children both in the United States and in Honduras, with a special passion for and focus on children with special needs. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Granite State College. Originally from the village of Monte Redondo near the capital of Tegucigalpa, He lives on site with his wife and co-Director Amy and their two young sons.
What do you like about Amigos de Jesus?
What I love about Amigos is the peace and harmony we have here. Peace and harmony does not mean being free from problems- there are always problems anywhere and we are no exception. But knowing and understanding the traumatic pasts of every child, it is a miracle that we get to transform the children and that we can be so surrounded by peace and harmony when everyone here has a troubled past. This is a place of healing and adults and children are transformed here. I also love the dedication and love that so many people have for Amigos de Jesus.
What have you learned at Amigos de Jesus?
I have learned humility. I have learned that I am not alone, that I am not the only person with suffering in my past. The children are going through the same things that I had to overcome and now I am so blessed to be in a place to help them stop the cycle of suffering and violence. My past is my school to best help our kids.