Many people work behind the scenes offering their assistance to Esperanza and many other organizations. Meet Margaret Whitehead (above), director of the Airline Ambassadors program which provides escorts for children coming to the United States for medical treatment. Margaret works enthusiastically and timely as she coordinates her ambassadors to accommodate the needs of the child.
American Airline employees volunteer their time by providing these needy children comfort and compassion, as they leave their families behind because their native countries cannot provide the medical care needed. One Ambassador who is especially adored by Esperanza is Ina Melen. Ina is home-based in the Boston area and has transported children from there, back home to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Ina’s love and commitment to helping children in need is evident as she devotes her day (and sometimes over night) to reuniting children with their families. Ina is pictured below with 9 year old, Noel who is a cardiac patient at Tufts Medical Center.
Esperanza would like to express their appreciation to Ms. Deirdre Huff and the students in her Spanish classes for their involvement with the children in Flores, Honduras.
For the past two years Ms. Huff’s classes have organized collections of school supplies, sporting goods and clothing which were shipped to Honduras. Her classes have also participated in a Pen Pal relationship with the students in Flores. Earlier this month, Astrid Ordonez visited the classes at Diamond to express her appreciation on behalf of the children in Flores. The students enthusiastically asked questions of Astrid…her life in Honduras and her recent hospitalization at Shriners.
Esperanza would also like to thank Katherine George, and her mother, Melissa for facilitating this relationship with Diamond.
As Thanksgiving approaches, we’d like to express our gratitude to the children in Pilgrim’s church school, Pilgrim Nursery School and Debra Adam’s nursery school. Deb Adams and Leslie Holmes explained to the children of our upcoming trip to Honduras, and our need for small toys to be given out at our medical clinics.
The children took these messages to heart and responded with such generosity in sharing their own toys with others in need. One day, Matthew Chytil was home sick from school and spent hours going through his collection of cars. He had heard Deb’s message, “they should be in good condition, and fit in the palm of your hand.” Matthew’s inspection of each car could rival the best mechanic’s! He checked the wheels, and looked for any chipped paint and explained to his mom that he was only sharing his BEST ones.
Children can certainly be our best teachers, and we thank all the children for their selfless giving and compassion for others. And we do give credit to all the caring adults in their lives who have helped instill these values.
We’d like to thank Dr. Barry Cunha, Dr. Michael Coppe and Dr. Carolyn Coppe (all of Lexington, MA) for providing dental care to our Honduran patients brought to the Boston area for medical treatment. These generous dentists have provided preventative care, as well as, x-rays and fillings for the children who do not have any access to dentists in Honduras. This has been a huge support to us, especially for our young heart patient because oral infections can be deadly. Also, thank you to these dentists, and Dr. Stephen Vultaggio of Concord, MA for providing us with toothbrushes and toothpaste for our mission trips.
Esperanza-Hope for the Children, Inc. is grateful for Brother’s Brother Foundation’s recent donation of $7, 261.13 worth of medication and surgical instruments, and $1,200 of Crocs. These supplies will be used in Esperanza’s December (2-12) mission trip to Flores, Honduras. Currently, there is a doctor at the public health center, but they are in desperate need of medicine and equipment. The shoes will be an appreciated “gift” to help prevent illnesses and injuries for children and adults.
Esperanza-Hope for the Children, Inc. wishes you and your family a blessed holiday season. We are grateful for your ongoing support which provides medical treatment and educational opportunities for the impoverished children of Honduras.
If you wish to make a donation in honor of a friend, we can you provide you with a holiday gift card. Perhaps your business is able to match your gift, or is looking for an organization to make a charitable contribution.
Thank you for your continued support!
Last summer, 16 year old Kyle George made his first visit to Flores, Honduras. His family has been involved for years with his older brother and mother volunteering in the country, and also hosting children in their home who were in Boston for medical treatment.
The George family has had a special friendship with 14 year old “Chippy” and were saddened to learn he had dropped out of school to help support his grandparents, where he was now living. Kyle decided he wanted to make a difference in Chippy’s life and has made the financial commitment of re-enrolling him in school which takes place on weekends. Therefore, he’ll be able to continue to support his grandparents and will also have the opportunity to further his education. They also purchased a bicycle so that Chippy has a way to get to classes which are offered in a different town. THANK YOU KYLE for offering Chippy the gift of education which is truly the most positive way of offering him a brighter future, and hopefully the ability to break the cycle of poverty.
She is a compassionate girl who generously thought of others when celebrating her 10th birthday. Instead of receiving gifts for herself, she asked her friends to donate gifts for the impoverished children of Honduras. Allison is an inspiration to all!
Allison is pictured with Emily and Tom Collins, M.D.
Recently added to the Esperanza website is the ability to make a donation over the internet. Esperanza has created a paypal account and you can either click on the link here or go to the “How To Help” portion of the website. Also for those of you that have a Facebook account you can join Esperanza’s cause by clicking here. Thank you for your continued support!