Thankful for our donors

Fritz & Gigi

Once again, Fritz & Gigi (The Children’s Shop in Concord, MA) has generously donated clothing for the folks in Honduras and our patients being treated locally. Fritz & Gigi have been faithful supporters of Esperanza for the past several years. Yesterday, when I was picking up their donations, I relayed this story about the impact of their previous gifts.

A couple of years ago, I received a call from the shop that they had clothing to pass along to children in need. Among their donations was a winter snowsuit for an infant. Within 15-20 minutes of me receiving their donations, I was introduced to a baby boy who was in need. Coincidence? I don’t think so…

This has happened to me too many times. Throughout the year we receive clothing, medical equipment, school supplies and more. There have been multiple occasions when we have a request for an item just as we have been given the same thing. Call it what you will, but it gives me faith knowing there is much goodwill that goes around and we are thankful to all who give so willingly.

Lizzie shares her gifts with others.

Lizzie

Esperanza-Hope for the Children, Inc. sends best wishes to Lizzie Morrison who is celebrating her 16th birthday! It is often thought that teenagers are self-absorbed, but this young lady has generously asked her friends to forego gifts for herself, and if they desire, make a contribution to Esperanza.

Lizzie, a high school sophomore, has befriended many Honduran children over the years. I’ll never forget the day at Shriners Hospital when I saw Lizzie rocking baby Hedman. This infant had suffered severe burns over much of his body, including his face, head and the loss of his hand. Many children would be very uncomfortable in this situation, but not Lizzie…she was a natural, comforting Hedman with the ability to see beyond his injuries.

Since that time, Lizzie and her family have not only visited dozens of children hospitalized in Boston, they have opened their home and fostered  children in need of specialized medical treatment before returning to their families in Honduras. Often times, the children are with the Morrisons for several weeks and special bonds are formed.

Eight year old Astrid has developed a particularly close relationship with the Morrison family. Originally, she was here for several operations for a “tethered (spinal) cord” and “cavus” foot. She continues to return each summer for follow-up appointments. The Morrisons have been financially supporting Astrid in a bilingual school where she is a very gifted student who now has a much brighter future.

Astrid lives in a dangerous part of her village which is referred to as “punta calienta” (hot point). Fortunately, she now has a small 2 bedroom house, but it still lacks any furniture in the one common room. It is Lizzie’s desire to direct her donations to improve Astrid’s home…this might be purchasing furniture or installing bars on the windows.

Thanks Lizzie, for all your involvement over the years and for making a difference in the lives of so any children.

Children’s Photos

Photo taken by Nudi

After spending the summer in Honduras teaching children photography, Jason and Becca from Our Journey for Hope have shared much the children’s work online. You have the opportunity to buy a student’s photograph, which will go towards increasing educational opportunities for the children of Flores, Honduras. Please check out the amazing photos these children took and consider donating to a great cause.

To see the children’s work go to: http://ourjourneyforhope.bigcartel.com/