Before I arrived to Honduras I didn’t understand completely why Tabita objects when people call the Eternal Family Project an orphanage. But the thing is that this amazing American woman, Allison, has taken in a lot of kids and is raising them as her own. The children are not just there for a while waiting to be adopted or kicked out as they reach 18. Here, the kids have a mother who takes care of each of them and never let’s go again. She is their primary care taker and seems to me to have an extreme ability to see everybody’s needs. On more than one occasion where she could have used our help in the house, she came up with considering suggestions for trips we should go on since I was there for such a short time. And although she had so many children to take care of, she also made sure there was a present for me for Christmas (“from Jesus”)! And she included all the volunteer’s Christmas food traditions in the celebrations (which means that aside from Honduran and American food, we had Danish and New Zealand food as well!) The celebrations on the 25th ended with birthday cake for Jesus - which is a tradition I would like to copy.
Because there are so many children in her home, Allison has a cook and a cleaning assistant to help out. Volunteers are invited to come and teach in the school that has been established for the children and through this program the individual child’s needs and level for primary school education is met. It is expensive to raise so many children and to run the school. So if you are considering enrollment in a child sponsor program, here is a good opportunity!
- Randi Dyrberg, Norway