Dr. Tom and Emily Collins first traveled to Honduras in February 2001 with a group from their church, Pilgrim Congregational UCC, in Lexington, MA. They returned to volunteer the following year in a village called Flores, with two other churches (St. Brigids and Sacred Heart) from Lexington, MA. They felt a strong bond with this village and were committed to making a difference for the approximate 6,000 residents.
Tom and Emily continued returning to Flores each year and began focusing their efforts on improving medical and educational opportunities. Their church continued to offer generous financial assistance, but they saw limitless possibilities if they could raise more funds.
Thankfully, in January 2006, Bob Kimball Esq. stepped in to provide his professional expertise in establishing Esperanza-Hope for the Children, Inc. as a 501 (c) (3) corporation. Bob’s dedication has enabled Esperanza to grow over the past seven years and as a result, countless children’s lives have been significantly improved.
Not only has Bob provided all of the legal work free of charge, he has also been directly involved with the patients who have traveled to Boston for medical treatment. The children affectionately call him “Tio (Uncle) Bob”, and one child included him in a school project which asked the children to create a picture book of their family members.
Esperanza appreciates all of Bob’s involvement over the years…we wouldn’t be here without him!