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!
What should I bring with me?
- Flashlight: The electricity in La Ceiba is the same as the U.S. and Canada (same outlets) but is not completely reliable. It’s also nice to have a flashlight if you get up in the night to use the restroom so you do not wake others.
- A small padlock to lock up your luggage either in your own suitcase or in a Hostel locker.
- A Surge Protector: The electricity in Honduras is the same as the U.S. and Canada, but it frequently goes out. A surge protector will help keep your cell phone charger and other electric items from burning out.
- Clock: Bring a clock or watch.
- Water bottles: Fill ‘em and freeze ‘em. They can be purchased locally.
- Sunscreen & insect repellant
- BOOKS: For those lazy days on the beach, in a hammock or just relaxing.
It is likely that your regular cell phone will NOT work in Honduras. You can purchase an inexpensive phone at the mall in La Ceiba ($25) and buy minute cards for L.100, L. 200, ($5 & $10) etc. to add minutes. (Most volunteers purchase a phone in Honduras so they can stay in touch with HHK staff and for safety) There are two companies, Tigo and Claro. Tigo seems to get much better reception in this area.
Drinking the water, eating the food
The food is tasty, but pretty high in carbs. Lots of rice, beans, pasta and green bananas. It’s good to budget an additional $20 each week to treat yourself at a local restaurant, buy some snacks at the supermarket or even an ice cream from the local pulperia. Bring a water bottle or two that you can fill with filtered water at the Volunteer House and then freeze so you have cold water each day. Drink A LOT of water - you are in the tropics! Do NOT ever drink tap water. Brush your teeth with filtered water.
Be sure to wash your veggies, lettuce, tomato, etc. in a small bowl with 2-3 drops of Clorox for three minutes before consuming them to avoid getting parasites, then rinse in clear tap water and dry.
Travel Safety Guidelines
To the average Honduran, you appear quite wealthy. Most Hondurans are honest and caring but as in any country, there are those who will take advantage of an opportunity if you are careless with your belongings. Do not walk around with your cell phone or iPod visible. Keep your backpack or other bags on your lap when riding in a taxi. Do not wear flashy jewelry. Do not carry a lot of cash.
Photcopies of passport & credit cards
Make photocopies of your passport and creditcards before you go. Be sure to include the international 800#’s to call if they are lost or stolen. Leave one copy with your family and keep another copy in your locked luggage. If you lose your wallet, this copy will be very handy! There are checkpoints throughout La Ceiba and other cities and along the highways, so please always carry a copy of your passport with you.
Use the buddy system whenever possible. If you plan to travel around the country or even to the local internet café, TELL SOMEONE WHERE YOU ARE GOING AND WHEN YOU PLAN TO BE BACK. Even better, bring someone along too. Never walk alone!
Say NO to drugs. Do not even THINK about purchasing or using illegal drugs while in Honduras.
If you choose to be sexually involved with someone, be very careful. Use protection. For a variety of reasons, getting romantically involved during your volunteer placement is NOT a good idea. However, if by chance you do, please USE PROTECTION since Honduras has a very high HIV rate.
As is common in Central America, you will notice that most businesses, banks, department stores, supermarkets, etc. will have an armed security guards.
Use taxis in pairs or ask HHK staff for taxi numbers to regularly used taxis. Do not get in a taxi that has no inside door handles and note the taxi number you use before getting in. Taxis generally cost 25 lps around town. ($1.50-$2) Taking a taxi to/from the airport or ferry dock is considerably more. Ask around so you know what prices are and have the price arranged with the taxi driver before getting in a taxi.
Emergency Medical Insurance
HHK requires that all volunteers come with an emergency medical insurance policy plan. It is important before you come that you have a policy in place. Pay your premiums and be sure you have enough money available to cover the deductible amount. Most domestic insurance plans do not cover foreign travel, so check with your plan administrator to verify your coverage.
Honduras Hospitals/Air Care
Please note that none of the hospitals in Honduras will file a claim for you! You must have the resources to pay up front and then file for reimbursement with your insurance company. You must be sure that your company covers emergency airfare to a hospital in an extreme emergency. An airfare flight can cost thousands. Obviously, you can't carry thousands of dollars with you, but you must be able to reimburse the amount promptly.
Travel medical insurance
Travel insurance covers health needs while traveling or living temporarily in another country. Most often your home-based health insurance does not cover foreign or international travel, however some may, so check your policy carefully or talk to a policy administrator. If not, then you need to purchase insurance. A well-known company is Seven Corners, Inc. based in the USA. https://www.sevencorners.com If you live outside the USA, consult with your native country's travel insurance companies and purchase coverage that covers Honduras in medical emergencies.
Please arrange your own health insurance in advance. We will ask for the details of your health insurance that includes emergency airfare flight coverage before your arrival in Honduras.
Travel insurance, usually offered by the travel or ticketing agent, covers you if your trip is interrupted by health reasons that result in a cancellation of your trip. It may recover losses due to non-refundable tickets, etc. An acceptable foreign travel insurance can be found at www.sevencorners.com/insurance plans If a volunteer arrives without insurance, HHK is not liable for any medical bills, accidents, lost luggage, flight cancellations, etc. that occur while a volunteer has a placement with HHK.
Make sure you are up to date on all childhood immunizations. Discuss what immunizations are necessary with your doctor/health provider BEFORE traveling to Honduras. Citizens from some countries must have certain vaccinations before entering Honduras.
Below is a list of considerations one should make before traveling to Honduras.
- Completed Volunteer Application (Dates confirmed by HHK)
- $100 confirmation donation (this confirms your spot)
- Completed Visa (if required)
- All required Vaccines/inoculations required by Honduras from your country of origin
- Confirmation of your hostel/volunteer house or hotel accomodations
- Travel Insurance
- International Medical Insurance
- Plane ticket to San Pedro Sula, Honduras
- Plane or bus ticket to La Ceiba
- Housing & food costs calculated
- Local transport (taxis or public bus) including initial pick-up from the airport or bus station ($25).
- Weekend getaways planned
- Visa renewal if you are staying over 90 days (see below for info on how to travel out of the country to have your passport stamped
- Exit tax - you will be charged $42 at the airport when you leave Honduras.
Visa Issues: If you choose to stay longer than 90 days, it is important to factor in the costs to renew your tourist visa. Visa issues can really vary from country to country so it’s best to get advice from your own government before you come. Volunteers from most countries can enter on a tourist visa that is good for 90 days and will need nothing other than a valid passport to enter the country. If you plan to be here for more than 3 months, you will need to leave the country for at least three days before you can return. The easiest and least expensive option is to go to Belize. For those renewing their tourist visa by traveling to Belize, there is the option to take a boat from Puerto Cortes about 2 hours across the Bay of Honduras.
Click on these links for info on airline flights: