Angeles Para Honduras
This is why I donate to Angeles Para Honduras:
The Children of Honduras
I first learned about life in Honduras about ten years ago from John Dewane at The North Hero House’s Pier Bar, on one of the Champlain Islands in northern Vermont. At the time, John only knew that he wanted to do something good for his homeland. His ambition for Honduras grew over several years into the wonderful foundation that it is today — Angeles para Honduras.
In 2019 my partner Nancy Blasberg and I attended John’s 50th birthday party at the beautiful Indura resort on the Caribbean in northwestern Honduras. In addition to the resort, we went to Tela and San Pedro Sula where we saw the real Honduras and real Hondurans—people grinding out a tough life.
Over time, Nancy and I attended a few of John’s fund-raising functions, learning more about the struggles of families in Honduras. John let on that only $500 (USD) per year was needed to support a school-age child with lunch, clothing, books, and school supplies. We could help out! Just as John formed the foundation to help the children of Honduras, we contributed and became involved.
About the same time, I began rethinking my goals for the money I had stashed away (beyond my retirement needs). Since I had already provided for my three grown children, my estate goal become, as my Choate School chaplain often said, “to run hurriedly around the bases, and slide safely into home plate completely exhausted of energy and funds!” Supporting Angeles para Honduras now became a major goal for Nancy and me.
One day, John told us about the unfortunate fate of three young Honduran children (then 4, 6, and 8) whose parents had died within weeks of each other. Maybe there was something we could do right away to help these kids. With John and Elvin, John’s Man-on-the-Ground in Honduras, we hatched a plan to donate money that would go directly towards these youngsters’ welfare: We write a check, and John converts our money into food, clothing, and essentials that Elvin takes directly to these orphans and their grandmother with whom they live. No middleman siphoning off a cut!
In September 2022, I traveled to Honduras with John to meet the three children. A great trip that fomented my eagerness to do good! First the orphans… The kids live with their grandmother in a very modest building outside La Entrada. I brought each child an L.L. Bean backpack with their name embordered so they can take lunch and books to school. You can see happiness in their smiles as they receive one of Elvin’s deliveries. The visit put real meaning to our efforts and donations.
Just before Christmas, Nancy and I received a
beautiful letter written by the oldest expressing
the gratitude of the three kids. Well written and
heartfelt. We learned more about their precious
lives. Their letter deepened our bond with them
and reinforced our decision to support Angeles
Nancy and I know we have made an excellent,
informed choice in supporting Angeles Para
Honduras. John has further plans for building
more classrooms at an existing school in
Choloma—outside San Pedro Sula—including
upgrading the trade school equipment.
The children of Honduras all need our help.
We hope you will join us.
You can send your donations to Angeles Para Honduras
PO Box 201
North Hero, VT 05474
Our Donors are Saying...
"Nancy and I know we have made an excellent, informed choice in supporting Angeles Para Honduras."
Bret Hall, August, 2023