Yesterday, I received an email directly from DINAF, new administrating body for children and family services here in Honduras, declaring that they are officially launched.
The letter stated that they are opening 8 offices across Honduras "with the objective to guarantee quality services in the superior interest of children of Honduras." While I experienced true excitement upon receiving this declaration (because DINAF is working with ROOM and other NGO's in order to provide those quality services) I also know action is urgent now.
The entire turn over in reality is not complete. Nueva Esperanza, public orphanage run by IHNFA, still holds around 30 children. Casitas around 40 girls. Weekly, abandoned babies are still dropped off at the IHNFA office, and other children in need of a home as well. But these facilities are closing and are very possibly not receiving ANY funding now that it is no longer a government-run entity.
ROOM wants to step into the role DINAF has asked us to step into in order for these children to have a transition spot, and afterwards the best placement possible into families or private orphanages.
In order for that to happen, WE NEED YOU. Here are our next steps in assisting in children services in our region of Honduras:
1. $450 for toddler beds and cribs at current transition home. (Missionaries Kyle and Cassie Murray already had several children placed with them this month.)
2. $600 for down deposit to open up second transition home. (Wendy and Todd Boyle are stepping into this role as transition home missionaries! They will be moving into the first of the three houses mentioned in earlier blog: "We're in...it's time...we're a go!")
3. $4,500 to wrap up purchase of 15 passenger van that will serve as a means for transportation for all the transition homes' children.
4. $50,000 to open the largest of the transition homes. This is our biggest need and is what will allow us to receive 30 children in transition. Our goal is to open this home by October.
I am in awe at how over the past two years God has molded ROOM to be in place to serve the children of Honduras in such a time as this. Not just to fill in the gaps that the government no longer can, but to be allowed to truly give orphans the best opportunity possible at being placed into a forever family or small private orphanage. This is just the first steps! God has been sending us all the connections we need to also see foster families and domestic adoptions implemented and spread through the entire country. JOIN US! and together I know we will see the orphan crisis in Honduras finally begin to turn around, and these precious lonely children placed into families as is God's heart cry for them. (Psalm 68:6)