Hector Leonardo Tabora
Birthday: April 14, 2006
Helping Honduras Kids has partnered with other organizations to benefit disadvantaged children in Honduras and around the world. HHK desires to share information that will bring about awareness of important community projects. Many of these partners provide donations, volunteers, work groups and supplies that help us to accomplish our mission.
We value our partners and are grateful for their donations and extraordinary efforts to change the lives of Honduran children in need!
Click on the links below to visit Helping Honduras Kids partner websites.
Adventures in Christ Ministry
Feed my Starving Children
Food for the Poor
Gulf Breeze Methodist Church
Rotary Club of Eden Prairie
Reach Out Orphanage Ministries
Pura Vida Agua
International Health Service (MN)
DeHaven Baptist Church
Amigos of Honduras
First Baptist Church
Franklin Noon Rotary
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We currently have several pressing needs for our Children's Home and Jungle School.
- Children's Home - Currently, we need to complete some much needed projects at the Children's Home, such as complete/repair electrical hookups & lighting, rewiring needed in some areas, fans for some rooms, toilet paper holders, towel racks, steel or wood shelving for indoor storage room and some rooms, laundry room sinks, clotheslines with posts, curtain rods for some rooms, plumbing help needed (many loose fixtures), etc. Please consider "sponsoring" one of these projects. Ask and we will provide costs.
- A new 30-passenger mini-bus. Our current van is 11 years old and is made for 15 passengers, but we currently have 23 kids in our Hogar de Amor Children's Home. With all the kids, volunteers and housemothers, and trips to church, outings, etc. it often means closer to 30 passengers, and we do not have the capacity to safely transport this many people in our current van. Please consider helping us fund-raise so we can purchase this new Hyundai Coaster to transport our kids safely and comfortably. The cost is just about $63,000.
- High School scholarships for 2019. We currently have several needy high school students. We have always believed that education is one of the main ways out of poverty. Please consider sponsoring a student. Most of the students listed on our webpage, https://www.helpinghonduraskids.org/sponsor-a-child/high-school-kids are very poor and live in very impoverished conditions. Each student needs uniforms, shoes, school supplies, funds for special projects, etc. Please consider sponsoring one or more for $39/month.
- Children's Home -10 live chickens, 1 rooster and feed sacks - $200.
- Children's Home - Extra parts for our generator, so it can be repaired quickly when the electricity is off for hours at a time.
- Repairs are needed for the water well and pump and it needs to be connected to the Home's water system. This is urgent.
- Jungle School - New Events & Meeting Center needed for kids, parents, teachers, etc. to hold weekly and monthly events. Please inquire.
- Children's Home - Powdered milk for the Children's Home monthly, $175.00.
- Children's Home - Cyclone Fence around the present concrete soccer/basketball/tennis area at the Hogar de Amor. $2500.
- New property adjacent to Hogar - Gravel fill, new cement block fence, gate, serpentine wire are needed for the adjacent property. This will be a training center to teach job skills to single mothers and partly used for planting vegetables & fruit treess; raising chickens, cows, pigs for Childrens Home. Please inquire.
- Children's Home - Support the caregivers and the cook at $375/each per month.
- Jungle School - Re-painting of much of the Jungle School, inside and out. Please inquire.
- Jungle School - specific notebooks for the Jungle School yearly for all the children- $1500. School supplies, back packs, etc - $2500/yearly
- Children's Home - kitchen cabinets at the Hogar. Currently there are no kitchen cabinets and this is urgently needed. $6000.
- Jungle School - 12 great teachers for the Jungle School - $4500/month or $63,000/year. Please help us keep good teachers at the school.
- Jungle School - bottles of children's vitamins to provide a vitamin daily for 10 months per year to each child. We give out 240 vitamins daily, 5 days a week.
- Children's Home - sack of frozen chickens for a month to feed children - $175/month
To donate to any of these projects click below!
Thank you so much all of your continued support! We could not do it without you!
Helping Honduras Kids welcomes Christian Churches, Christian Mission teams, Medical and Dental Teams, Rotaries, University Clubs and Volunteer Work Teams to come and do Mission and service projects for HHK. Medical and dental missions are invaluable to helping HHK care for the medical and dental needs of our children.
Hogar de Amor and Jungle School
The Hogar de Amor and Jungle School are two of our largest projects. We have a lot to do at both sites and can use all the help we can get. Each work team is expected to provide supplies needed for their organization to complete these important projects.
We also ask that all Churches, Mission Teams and work groups that will be helping with specific work projects to please fundraise before you come. The more funds you raise, the greater impact you will have on the projects you will be working on.
Many of the teams and groups that visit us also sponsor a child in need, so visit our Sponsor a Child page today and see the pictures of many of our kids. Take the time today by donating only $39 per month to sponsor a Honduran child. Click on the 'Donate Now' below
Recent Group Volunteers
DeHaven Baptist Church and the Franklin Noon Rotarary Club recently sent teams down to help build new bathrooms at the Jungle School and build a covered parking area at the Hogar de Amor. We appreciate all their efforts and hard work!
DeHaven Baptist Church
Franklin Noon Rotary Club
It is very rewarding to HHK and to each member of the work or church team to give of themselves and donate their love, labor and dedicated service to complete needed projects for the children. Our children appreciate this service more than you will ever know! We look forward to your work or church team coming to Honduras soon to work. We know your group will grow to love the children like we do!
We have several projects pending suited for volunteer groups. There are always other projects that come up, so please contact us for more information or visit this page, https://www.helpinghonduraskids.org/ways-to-give/current-pressing-needs
Without groups like these, it would be very difficult to complete all the projects and take care of the kids like we want to.
Safety Policy Guidelines
Written by Tanya R., a former volunteer. Tanya worked at the Hogar for 4 months and used the public bus each day to get there).
Alert: Always be alert and aware of your surroundings. When you become comfortable and are distracted is typically when something unexpected will happen.
Passport: Make a laminated copy of your passport before you arrive. You can carry this around, as the police often say you should have a copy or your passport on you at all times. Obviously, do not carry your passport.
Locally grown food
Staying cool and comfortable
Cell-Phone, iPod, MP3 Player
Be cautious of overly friendly people
Parents, friends and family
Gifts for Children
For your safety you will be required to follow these guidelines and your acceptance as a volunteer means you have agreed to follow and keep these guidelines upon your arrival in Honduras.
Most Volunteers that visit Helping Honduras Kids fly into San Pedro Sula Airport and then catch an airplane to La Ceiba or take a bus on the 190km trip. Plan to land in San Pedro Sula at mid-day even if your flight will cost a little more. If you must overnight somewhere, it will be much easier to schedule yourself to do that in the U.S. or from your native country rather than arriving after dark in San Pedro Sula. You cannot stay overnight in the airport.
San Pedro Sula
Located in the northern part of the country, San Pedro has always played a major role in Honduran history. Don Pedro de Alvarado founded the city the 27th of June, 1536. The Spanish conqueror founded it with the name of "Villa de San Pedro de Puerto Caballos" and within the next 5 years it was known as San Pedro Sula, with the name Sula deriving from the local dialect Usula, meaning "valley of birds".
The main airport serving the area is the San Pedro Sula International Airport (SAP). Serviced regularly by TACA, American, United, Delta and Aero Honduras, San Pedro Sula is easily reached from the following North American gateways: Miami, Houston, New Orleans, New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. In addition, there are excellent connections via the Central American Airlines through San Jose, Costa Rica; San Salvador, El Salvador and Guatemala City, Guatemala. There is also daily air service by Isleña airlines, Aerolinas Sosa and Atlantic Arilines to San Pedro from La Ceiba, Roatan and Tegucigalpa. In addition, there is a first class bus service between Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, named Hedman Alas. The highway connecting both cities is one of the best in Central America and it will take you around 3 hours to travel by land between both cities. Hedman Alas offers first class non-stop executive service. (For more information, check the listing of bus schedules). http://www.hedmanalas.com/
Hostel and Hotel information in San Pedro Sula :
By landing in San Pedro Sula at mid-day, you can easily connect at the airport to the local airlines or buses that will take you to La Ceiba by late afternoon. It is difficult to have someone available to meet you if you arrive in Ceiba after dark.
La Ceiba is a port city on the north coast of Honduras. It is located on the south edge of the Caribbean Sea. La Ceiba has a population of over 170,000 living in approximately 170 residential areas (called colonias or barrios). It is the third largest city. La Ceiba is190km east along the coast from San Pedro Sula. La Ceiba was officially founded on August 23, 1877. The city is named for giant ceiba trees which grew near the old dock, which finally fell into the sea in late 2007. The city has been officially proclaimed the "Eco-Tourism Capital of Honduras" as well as the "Entertainment Capital of Honduras". Every year, on the third or fourth Saturday of May, the city holds its famous carnival. During this time, the city is host to over 200,000 tourists. (Wikepedia).
La Ceiba Hotels and Information:
Best hotels in La Ceiba
La Quinta (in-house restaurant, pool, adjacent to Dunkin Donuts, Popeyes Chicken, Burger King, & convenience store, close to mall) http://www.hotellaquintaonline.com/
Hotel La Aurora (modern, in-house restaurant, pool, close to mall) http://hlaaurora.com/
La Quinta Real (pricier but on the beach, pool, restaurant) http://www.quintarealhotel.com/
The Jungle River Lodge (near the Jungle School) http://www.jungleriverlodge.com/
Apart Hotel Pico Bonito (near the Hogar de Amor and airport - inexpensive) http://aparthotelpicobonito.com/
Grand Hotel Paris (downtown, near Pizza Hut) http://www.granhotelparisonline.com/
Villa Helen's Hotel & Restaurant (in Sambo Creek, outside of La Ceiba) http://www.villahelens.com/
Palma Real Beach Resort & Villas (on the beach) http://www.grupopalmareal.com/
Most volunteers fly into San Pedro Sula and then take a transfer flight or bus to La Ceiba to get to the Hogar Children's Home. La Ceiba is 190 km from San Pedro Sula. A few highlights are the Jungle Rivers of the Pico Bonito National Forest and the sun and sand of the Caribbean are only 15 minutes away. La Ceiba has an airport, a bus station and more taxis than anyone can count! It also has Internet cafes, restaurants and fast-foods, ATM machines, a mall, and good medical care.
Note: We DO NOT recommend Hostel El Estadio in La Ceiba. It is located in a dangerous area of town.
- La Quinta (in-house restaurant, pool, adjacent to Dunkin Donuts, Popeyes Chicken, Burger King, & convenience store, close to mall) http://www.hotellaquintaonline.com/
- Hotel La Aurora (modern, in-house restaurant, pool, close to mall) Hotel La Aurora
- La Quinta Real (pricier but on the beach, pool, restaurant) http://www.quintarealhotel.com/
- The Jungle River Lodge (near the Jungle School) http://www.jungleriverlodge.com/
- Apart Hotel Pico Bonito (near the Hogar de Amor and airport - inexpensive) http://aparthotelpicobonito.com/
- Grand Hotel Paris (downtown, near Pizza Hut) http://www.granhotelparisonline.com/
- Villa Helen's Hotel & Restaurant (in Sambo Creek, outside of La Ceiba) Villa Helen's Hotel & Restaurant
- Palma Real Beach Resort & Villas (on the beach) http://www.grupopalmareal.com/
Taxis cost L. 25 (slightly more than $1.50) to get around town. Traveling by local buses is not recommended for safety reasons.
A taxi from the airport to town will be about $15.00 per person.
San Pedro Sula considerations
Plan to land in San Pedro Sula at mid-day even if your flight will cost a little more. You will still have time to catch another short flight to La Ceiba or take the Hedman Alas bus. It arrives in La Ceiba around 6:30pm nightly except for holidays. The buses do not run on Honduran holidays so please check with us before making your reservations. If you must stay overnight in San Pedro Sula before coming to La Ceiba the next day, please make ALL arrangements from the USA or your native country before your arrival. You cannot stay in the San Pedro Sula airport overnight.
Arriving at La Ceiba by bus or flight
By landing in San Pedro Sula at mid-day, you can easily connect at the airport to the local airlines or buses that will take you to La Ceiba by late afternoon. It is difficult to have someone available to meet you if you arrive in La Ceiba after 8pm. We recommend you use the Hedman Alas busline, the safest and nicest busline in Honduras. You can buy a bus ticket in the San Pedro Sula airport when you arrive. There is always a bus that leaves early afternoon.Check bus schedules and prices online at https://www.hedmanalas.com.We also recommend SOSA Airlines if you decide to fly to La Ceiba. See their schedules and rates at: https://als.aerocrs.net/en
The Hogar is located about 8 miles outside of the city of La Ceiba and very close to the airport. The Jungle School is located in the opposite direction and is about 20 minutes up a dirt road along the Cangrejal River.
The Hogar kids would love to see you!