MEET THE GIRLS

kirby

Birthday | 26 mar '14

Hola, I’m Kirby.

bob

Birthday | 19 jan '14

Hi! I’m Robert Andres, but all the girls call me ‘Little Bob’. And boy oh boy, I am always the center of attention when I come to their house! I only just turned 1 in January, and I’m getting the hang of walking around. Give me a year and I’ll be sprinting up and down the hallways, causing lots of  trouble for my mom Elvira! I don’t have any teeth yet, but my smile is the biggest so that makes up for it.

lizbee

birthday | 16 mar '12

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Hi, I’m baby Lizbee and I am adorable. Everybody loves me, but I am not always in the mood to play with all of my older sisters. I cannot get enough of mommy though - unless I see a tablet or phone around somewhere, that I can try to steal. They are so exciting. You never know what games come on, when you touch them. My next best thing is glasses. I know mommy will never let me touch hers, but sometimes we play a game, where I pretend I have a chance of grabbing them. Even mommy can’t help laughing at that. I can get everybody to do what I want just by laughing. Well, that almost always works, but sometimes I have to put my foot down and get mad. I came here when I was only 3 months old, so I don’t really remember much from the time before that. Maybe I should ask my biological sisters Emely and Giselle about that some day.

chloe

birthday | 31 dec'12

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Hi, I’m Chloe. I’m Yadira’s daughter. We moved here when I was a baby. And it is awesome. Lizbe is about my age, and she is great. She is my partner in crime when it comes to breaking into the art cabinet. Aunt Allison says I am really considerate and caring, but who wouldn’t help her to remember the newly made bottle she always forgets on the counter when I know she is trying to put Lizbe to sleep?  She has a lot going on, and I’m here to keep her on task.

estrella

birthday | 31 mar '12

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Hi, I am Estrella Flor “Star Flower”. And I really am like a star. I am shiny and attractive, but come close, and you will feel the fire. I don’t like having strangers too close. The people I feel close to, have to be right next to me though. I prefer to have mom close enough for me to hang onto anything she’s wearing. My other best friend is my thumb. We have a real close relationship. In fact it rarely leaves my mouth. I am developing quickly though. But focusing on the vital things. I have already learned to say juice. I think my next words will be candy or maybe ice cream. I love any kind of junk food and the movies Princess Sophia and Frozen. When mom picked me up at the orphanage, she said I looked right into her soul. I was around 18 months old, but couldn’t walk and was all swollen with parasites and full of lice. I don’t really know much about my biological mother. I know she was very young and that we were living on the street, but we are actively looking for her - and my birth certificate.

addie

birthday | 8 oct'11

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Hi, I’m Addison. I am the singer in the family. I can perform the entire “Let it go”-song in a lovely mix of English, Spanish and random sounds. I love worship songs even better though, and if I run out of other songs, I will simply dance around singing “Princesa Sophia, Princesa Sophia...”. People say, that I am really smart. I don’t know if it is that or my serious face that make people listen to me. I can even look really serious and be really silly at the same time. My mommy, Belkis and I love to be part of this big family. And I like it even better since Giselle came along. I can laugh with her all day long.

GISsELLE

birthday | 8 aug '11

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Hola, I’m Gisselle, My BFF Addison and I are the most perfect team. With her brains and my sense of mischief, we commit the perfect crimes. I just have to figure out how it is mommy is always onto us. We have plenty of time ahead of us to figure that out though, and meanwhile, we are all over the place running and playing, and we only have to look at each other to get lost in a giggling fit. I love my biological mother, but since she was unable to take care of me and my sisters, Emely and Lizbee, I am so glad that she let us grow up here. Mommy is so awesome. She is my refuge whenever the world collapses (aka I run into a wall and hurt my toe or when I’m upset because my older sisters don’t want to play with me).

Nahomy

Birthday | 3 Sep '08

Hola, I’m Nahomy. I can charm almost anyone with my little girl smile. Especially when I am dressed for the occasion. I love playing dress up. I really do look gorgeous in a pink or purple dress. In fact I think everything pink and purple looks magnificent. And if I can get a hold of my mom’s high heels to play with, I am on it. Don’t kid yourself though. I can be unbelievably strong minded too when I feel like it. I have been through severe trauma for a girl my age, but I’m learning how to heal. I am living with my mom, Genna and my sisters, Flor and Estefani in a house down the road from Aunt Allison. Child Services says we need someone to help us get back on our feet as a family, so this is what Aunt Allison is doing. I love playing with her girls and feel safe at her house. She will hold me, if I need it, and feel it’s like a second home.

asly

birthday | 4 mar '08

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Hi! My name is Asly. Mommy says that I am quite rambunctious. I love to run, skip, dance, spin, and tackle people with hugs. I have a lot of energy and am constantly on the move from the moment I wake up until it is bedtime. I haven’t always been full of energy. When mommy first met me, I had just recovered from being very sick. I was in a critical care center fighting for my life. Thankfully, I was nursed back to health there and can enjoy my life with all of my sisters. I love to learn and have been told that I am pretty smart. I am so glad mommy started her own learning center. I got really bored in the old school. And here we have a trampoline that I can play on during breaks. Mommy tells me she’s proud of how I try to behave and understands how hard it is to have so much energy bursting out of me.

Emily

birthday | 27 jan '08

Hola, I’m Emily. I so love the amount of sisters I have here. We play all kinds of stuff together. The best things I know is to color, swim and dance. My biological mother met my mommy at an orphanage a long time ago, when she was volunteer teaching. Mommy says that my mother was one of her favorites in the class. I was born two years after she left the orphanage and then came Giselle and my baby sister Lizbee. Without education and life skills it was hard for my mother to provide for us, but she tried really hard. When I was five we came to live with mommy. Mommy says I am smart and pretty hilarious. I have yet to learn enough English to know that word, but I’m trying and learning a lot.  My biological mother comes to visit time to time, but she is focused on working and making a better life for herself.  My sisters and I are very proud of her!

jenci

birthday | 30 oct '06

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Hi! My name is Jenci, I used to be the baby at home, but apparently I grew up really fast. Mommy says I’m really stubborn, but that it’s easy to have patience with me when I flash my disarming smile and giggle. She also thinks I’m very compassionate because whenever I see someone who is sad or crying, I give them a hug and a kiss. I am absolutely sure, I can do everything my older sisters can. And I will make them let me try. We dance, color, play hide and seek, and make bracelets. I also love to swim, and am actually really good at it! If I could be an animal, I would definitely be a fish. Then I’d get to spend every minute in the pool. I wonder if fish can eat and drink junk food and soda, though; I couldn’t live without those, but I could live without vegetables. Here at home I have adopted sisters to have fun with, but not long ago I was a very unhappy baby in the public orphanage. One day my new Mommy came and took me home, and for a long time it was really difficult to look after me. I was sick with pneumonia and parasites, and I cried 24/7. God was good, and I eventually learned to accept the love and care offered by everyone at my new home. Mommy is so thankful I came to live with her, and I know she loves me very, very much–even if she does put me in Time-Out every once in awhile!

michelle

birthday | 27 nov '04

Hi! My name is Michelle. As you can see from my picture, I am a beautiful, bright-eyed little girl. Recently, I’ve discovered that I love to talk, and I never fail to get attention with my loud but cute cartoon-character voice. As for favorites, I absolutely love the colors yellow and pink. I like to wear skirts, do arts and crafts, and bake yummy things to eat; if I could, I’d make and eat cake for every meal! Maybe we could make milkshakes for a snack. Or maybe fish or fried chicken. I want to be a chef when I grow up. It could be so much fun. If I could be an animal; I’d be a tiger so I could ROAR! Mommy says I am very sweet, though, and she is very thankful that I came to live with her. When I lived with my biological parents, my sisters and I were not treated very well. One day the police came and took us to the public orphanage. Even at the orphanage, I had no reason to smile. Though people would try to make me smile, I refused. Now that I have a new mommy and home, I can’t help but smile! I get to hang out and play with all of my sisters who I consider family. I also get to swim in our pool, jump on the trampoline, and have slumber parties in the living room. Even though I have a lot of learning ahead of me, I’m up for the challenge. In the meantime, however, I’m going have fun just being a kid!

aracely

birthday | 31 aug '04

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Hi! I’m Aracely. I love to make my family laugh with my funny faces, original jokes and crazy antics. I wasn’t always this way; When I came, I was so sick that I could hardly breathe, and my tummy was so swollen that I could barely fit into clothes; I was almost three and couldn’t walk. Then, my new eternal family took me home and gave me the love and care I needed. As a result, I am the bright-eyed, giggly girl you see now! At my new home I love to swim, play, sing and learn with my adopted sisters. I love watching Malificent and find Kung Fu Panda; absolutely hilarious movies. Even though I look beautiful in pink, I like the colors blue and white the best because they are the colors of Honduras. My favorite thing to do is go with mommy on errands, or just any kind of outing actually. Mommy says I am very smart, and that I am the class clown; I am also a great dancer and have an adorable singing voice! When I grow up, I would like to be a teacher.

Estefani

birthday | 27 dec '03

Hola, I'm Estefani. I am the quieter one of my sisters, Flor and Nahomy. Well, that is until I trust and know you. Then I can scream and play as loudly as any of my cousins at EFP, and I know nothing better than to dance with them and play ball with them. There is always a party going on, and I love joining it. They also have the moviePrincess Charm School. That is my favorite movie. My teacher says, that I am really good at math and art. I like both, but most of all, I would like to be a ballet teacher. I really like helping my cousins getting their ballet routines right. Would be great to do that as a full time job. I have spent a little time at an orphanage until Allison came and took my sisters and me to her own house. After that we spent a little time with another family from the states before being placed back with our mother. We now live right down the street from Aunt Allison, where my mom works during the day and my sisters and I play with our cousins there.

sarai

birthday | 11 oct '03

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Hi! My name is Sarai. I am very independent and quite content to play by myself; I like to do things my own way, because I am a true artist. I used to live with my biological family, but that environment was very unsafe, and I was taken to the public orphanage. I lived at the orphanage until my new mommy brought me home in 2007 and nursed my malnourished body back to health. My sisters, Paola and Michelle, came to EFP too, and here we get something we never got at the orphanage–a loving and nurturing Mommy! We also got more sisters, and I have so much fun swimming, coloring, reading and playing with them. Mommy says I crack her up with my stubborn personality and contagious giggle, and she is so happy I came to live with her. As for favorites, I really like the color green. I also like horses because they like apples like I do. I think it would be great to be a horse, don’t you? Horses don’t eat little girl food, though; I would miss out on MilkyWays and ice cream cake! Maybe I will be able to grow my own food someday; when I grow up I want to be a Gardener. Then I could grow roses too. I could be a Ballerina, too; I am double-jointed all over and more flexible than all of my sisters. My true passion is being creative; I love anything that has to do with art.

yolani

birthday | 28 may '03

Hola! My name is Yolani. I have a smile that can light up a room! I love lots of sports and can be found most days outside running and playing. My childhood hasn’t always been easy and fun. My biological dad died of AIDS when I was younger and my mom, who also had AIDS, left me at a hospital when she could no longer care for me. I had to fend for myself a lot at a very young age, and spent most of my time begging on the streets. I really love living with mommy and all of my sisters. We get to take ballet classes and play soccer. I would like to be a coach when I grow up. Or maybe a school teacher or a nurse. I’m very athletic and can play with the “big boys”.  I love a challenge and I’m very competitive. I love helping out with the babies too. Mommy says that I have a very kind heart. She says that I am always very sweet and loving with my sisters.

paola

birthday | 8 may '02

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Hi! I’m Paola and I am the older sister to Michelle and Sarai, but I also have many other adopted sisters. When I lived with my biological family I had very little to eat and was not treated very nicely. I was taken to a public orphanage where I lived until my new mommy came and took me and my sisters home in 2007. My sisters and I stayed close together, and it took me two weeks to get used to the yummy food, comfy bed and new home. Now I couldn’t imagine living without my loving mommy and the entire family, and my bed, OMG I’ll stay there half the day. Of course I need the energy for all of my dancing once I get up. I would love to become a ballerina. I love all kinds of dancing; ballet, tap, Xbox, acrobatic, freestyling - bring it on! Mommy says I always let her know what’s going on with my sisters. She thinks I’m a great nanny, and that I’m a very good girl and a perfectionist! I guess I do try to perfect what I do, but I like math, science and art the most. When I’m not in school, I never fail to ask to do arts and crafts; I sometime spend hours just sitting at the table painting, crocheting, or making bracelets.

Denia

birthday | 23 jan '02

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Hello! My name is Denia. Mommy says I have the cutest dimples and the most beautiful brown eyes. I always have something nice to say. I love to compliment people on their clothes and thank the cook for preparing the food. I want to be a pediatrician when I grow up and I cannot wait to be a mom! I am already a “Little Mommy” to my sisters, comforting them when they are hurt and making sure they eat their food. As for favorites, I love the colors purple and brown, and I love babies. Apart from that I like playing and cooking. Also, if I could be an animal, I would be a tiger! Mommy is blessed by me every day, and is so thankful God worked so that I could come live with her and my adopted sisters. Before EFP, I lived in a very unhealthy environment. Because my family was so poor, I had little to eat, and I soon became so sick with anemia, malnutrition and pneumonia that I had to stay in the hospital. At that time my new Mommy came to look after me, and for the next 6 weeks she and my adopted big sisters prayed and watched over me as I battled for my life. Now I am happy and healthy little girl who always finishes the food on my plate, never complains about eating my vegetables, and always asks for second helpings. I’m very talkative and I’m getting very good at English. I am also very affectionate, giving hugs to my big sisters and Mommy as much as I can!

ana

birthday | 1 apr '00

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Hola, I’m Ana. I am having so much fun in this family. I love swimming, playing hide and seek with the others, and helping my Aunt Allison with whatever she is up to. Also, this is the first time I’ve ever gone to school - even if I am 12 years old. It is hard, but I really like learning about numbers and letters. I don’t know how long I will stay here. My amazing 2 year old sister and I were staying at an orphanage, but luckily another ministry got us out of there as my sister was in need of surgery and therapy. The plan is for my sister and I to stay with Aunt Allison until an adoptive family is found for us. My sister is everything to me, and I love caring for her. Because of her treatment, she can’t be here at the moment, so I give all of my love to everybody else until we can be together again.

gaby

birthday | 18 may '99

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Hello! I’m Gaby and I am the feisty, freckle-faced sister of the bunch at my house. I’m unable to walk, but that doesn’t hold me back from doing everything my other sisters do. Mommy says I am very athletic, and thinks if I was given the opportunity, I could definitely make it to the Olympics someday. I think that would be awesome! I love to play baseball and I could swim all day; in fact, if I could, I would be a mermaid, because they DO exist! ;) I also love to take care of and play with our dogs, Fendi & Prada, and hope to be a veterinarian when I grow up. I got a late start on my schooling, and have had to play catch up a bit.  It doesn't bother me much, as I am determined to graduate. Mommy is sad because here in Honduras, there is very little opportunity for me to be mobile and access everything that other people can. As well, doctors both here and in the States say that surgery will not help me to walk. We are thankful, however, that I can have physiotherapy here in Honduras; it helps with my flexibility and strength. Mommy and I are also very happy because I have a family in the States who will be my host family while on a student visa, if God opens the doors. They live outside of Orlando, and you know what that means...neighbors with Micky!

ruby

birthday | 18 nov '98

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Hi! My name is Rubenia–Ruby, for short. As you can see, I have blond hair and a LOT of freckles. I have been a part of the EFP family since 2009. I lived on the streets before Allison, my new mommy, took me in. When I was an infant, I was burned so badly in a fire that I lost my left foot and two fingers on my left hand. I also have scarring over much of my body. People think just because I’m missing a foot, I won’t be able to keep up with other kids, but BOY do they have it wrong! I have to say, though, my favorite activity is swimming. If I don’t keep busy I always seem to find a way to get into trouble – I have a lot of energy! I definitely keep my mom on her toes. She says I am the most feisty of all my sisters, and have a lot of spunk. I am also very affectionate, and have a crooked smile that is easy to love. My mom is so good to me, my sisters are a lot of fun, and our yard has many things to expel my energy…and I can’t get enough of this homecooking! Unbelievable. I always eat everything on my plate.

I have been traveling to the States every now and then for doctors visits and leg fittings as the Jordan Thomas Foundation is paying for my prosthetic leg and hand until I turn 18. Lately I have spent most of the year with a host family in the States. I love being in the States - it is so much fun. I am always looking forwards to my trip back to Honduras - there is nothing better than family!

Mariela

birthday | 6 jun '96

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Hi! I’m Mariela, I’m 18 and in 10th grade at the EFP Learning Center.  I was adopted into my family when I was 11 after living at the public orphanage in San Pedro Sula for three-and-a-half years. Since coming home I have really been able to come out of my shell; mom, Allison, would say I’m a bit of an introvert. But now I enjoy meeting new people and making new friends, and am actually quite adventurous. Mom says I’m a great help with looking after my little sisters, and she is also proud that I learned English so quickly. Before my time in the orphanage I never got to go to school, so I have been working hard to catch up with my age group. Mom thinks I’m really smart. I just hope that will help me accomplish all the things I dream about. The first on my list is becoming a flight attendant; I would like to travel the world. After that I might go to Spain to study photography or interior design. But I really want to do something like what mom does - but for boys. They deserve the same chance that we got. In the meantime though I spend my time figuring out what really matters in life, spending time with my sisters, and learning as much as I can - at the moment that includes hip hop, ballet, tap.  I’m also drawn to world history, which is one of the reasons I would like to travel the world!

belkis

birthday | 30 mar '95

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Hi! My name is Belkis and I just can’t believe that I got this opportunity. From the age of 11, I had a “friend” help me find my way into drugs, parties, and dubious means of getting the money I needed. I enjoyed that life, but a nagging emptiness gave me an increasing need of stimulants. Almost 15 years old and pregnant, I was taken from the streets. My only goal was to escape again. So much, that I didn’t even bring any clothes to Allison’s. But I had another thing coming. Allison cared for me, took me to the doctor and supported me. From the moment I saw the ultrasound of my baby, I knew things had to change. I wanted my baby. Allison was there for me in a way that my own mother never was. And through her I got to know Jesus. My whole attitude and focus has changed. Before I only thought of myself and what would benefit me. Now people call me the “go to girl”. I enjoy helping out my mom and my sisters, and I am always the first to get up whenever someone needs help. But what really matters in my life is my 4 year old daughter Addi. Every time I see her, I thank God for her and for the new chance I got through her. I know how it is not having a mom being there for me, so I want to make sure to be there for Addi. When I have finished my studies, I want to open a home for pregnant girls. I want to do for others what God did for me, through Allison.

yadira

birthday | 30 jun '92

Hi, I’m Yadira. I met Allison at the orphanage, where I grew up years back. When I turned 18, I came to live with Allison to study. I wanted to be a nurse, but failed the entrance exam for college and couldn’t apply for any programs. I got into another college, which didn’t offer any program that I was interested in though. That caused me to lose every motivation and leave EFP. When I got pregnant, Elvira found me a job keeping house for one of her friends, where I could have my baby too. Since then Allison has offered me a job to help her with the babies. Our hope is, that I will be able to get into a technical nurse program and after that be able to get into college.

Yuri

age | 30

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Hola! I’m Yuri (pronounced Judy), and I am one of the original girls to join Eternal Family Project in 2004. As an infant I was brought to an orphanage where I lived all my life. The orphanage could not suppress my outgoing personality and fun loving ways. Being welcomed into Allison’s family gave me the opportunity to finish high school, and in 2007 I graduated as the Valedictorian of my class. With my academic and athletic abilities, I was blessed with a scholarship to study and play soccer at a private Christian college in the States. I graduated in 2012, with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Health Science, and proudly work for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as well as being a traveling spokesperson for Operation Christmas Child. Allison says I am great with children and I’m a natural leader, and thinks that with my go-getter attitude will reach my goal to open a  soccer camp for poverty-stricken Honduran street youth and kids. I have a passion for sports and a heart for the forgotten children of Honduras, and believe in the power of organized sport to open doors for change. I always look for the good in things, and figure, “Hey? Why not dream big?”. I’m grateful for my life in the States, however I do miss my sisters in Honduras; I love coming home to visit, but am so thankful for the amazing experiences I am having in life as a result of God’s blessings through EFP and my host family in Tennessee!

vanessa

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Hello! I’m Vanessa. I am the quiet, gentle-spirited sister at Eternal Family Project. I spent my entire child and teen-hood living with my sister at an orphanage, but by the grace of God I was given the opportunity by EFP two years ago to continue my education. I am now focusing on finishing university and working so that I may get my sister out of the orphanage, and as of August 2009 I have finished my first year of the business program! Because I go to school in San Pedro Sula, I live at the University House where two of my EFP sisters and I cook, clean, study, and take care of ourselves independently. It has been a very different experience for me to live without depending on others for meals and other needs; there is so much to discover about living on my own that I never learned at the orphanage. At the University House I also get to have fun, and I love watching movies with my sisters and playing the video game, “Dance Dance Revolution”. I am also learning how to swim, as I never had the opportunity to develop any hobbies or athletic skills when I was at the orphanage. Allison says I am a very determined girl with a beautiful smile. She also thinks I’m very helpful when I visit my little EFP sisters. I love hanging out at the main house whenever I can, but am very excited to graduate university so I can support my sister!

elvira

age | 30

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Hola! I’m Elvira, and I have been part of the Eternal Family Project for four years. Before I was given the opportunity for a life out of poverty, I lived in an orphanage beginning at age 6. I was really excited to join Allison’s family, and have worked hard to continue my education. As a result of my determination, I have become the only person in my family to graduate high school. Because I love working with kids and caring for them, I have been studying at university to become a Pediatrician. Right now I live at the University House, where I am learning to live independently as an adult. I really miss living and laughing with Allison and my little sisters, but when I visit, and I visit as often as I can, I get my fill for my time away.  I welcomed a baby boy to the world in 2014, Robert Andres, and now more than ever I’m committed to a solid life and future for my child and myself.  Allison describes me as very intelligent, loving, and outgoing. My friends say my beautiful smile is hard to miss, and that I am quite extroverted and easy to have fun with. Though much of my time is spent studying, I also like to hang out with my friends, watch movies with my sisters, play soccer and swim. I’ll be finishing my residency in 2016, and will start a program for my specialty in Pediatrics to help alleviate the suffering of sick children here in Honduras.

Sarai m.

age | 30

Hi! I’m Sarai, and I was one of the first girls to join Eternal Family Project. As a 20 year old I left the orphanage where I grew up and moved to EFP to finish high school. In 2007 I graduated high school, and I now live with the older girls at the University House in San Pedro Sula. At the house we cook and clean for ourselves and learn to live independently as adults. I am studying nursing, and hope to become a midwife. My dream is to start a local health clinic for pregnant mothers and their children. Allison, I think of her as my big sister, describes me as a very sensitive, compassionate, and determined woman who will make an awesome nurse when I graduate in 2016. In the meantime I enjoy going swimming, hanging out with my EFP sisters, listening and dancing to music (I am a fantastic salsa dancer!) and watching musicals. I am also really good with children, and love to play, laugh, and do arts and craft projects with my little EFP sisters As you can see, my life is very busy! I can’t wait to see what things God has in store for me in the years ahead.

ruth

age | 33

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Hi! I’m Ruth. I am one of the original young women who came to Eternal Family Project when the ministry began in 2004. I was in and out of orphanages from the age of 5, but in 2004 I was welcomed into Allison’s home. At EFP I found the opportunity to finish my education, and while working for my high school diploma I also completed a 2 year Cosmetology program. I graduated high school in November 2008, and I attend general classes at the local university. When I’m not in school, I translate for missions teams using my excellent English comprehension. At EFP I love to watch funny movies, sing while cleaning the house, and go swimming. Allison says I have a fantastic work ethic, and that I am an incredible cook. I also have a fireball personality and a great sense of humor. Many consider me generous, and I freely offer pedicures and hairstyling to my friends and family. My ambition is to graduate from law school. As a lawyer, I hope to work for the Honduran child services, and ensure children receive the rights they deserve.