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"Okay, kids," directed Ashlyn in her usual boss-of-everyone role, "It's time to say your prayers and go to bed." The others willingly complied, as they are familiar with these daily life events. Ashlyn instructed them in folding their hands and closing their eyes, and led them in a little prayer. "Okay, now it's time for high-fives and kisses," she said as she went around to the four other toddlers to cover them in a blanket as they lay "sleeping" on the living room floor. As I watched what had just transpired, my eyes welled up (as they do a lot these days). They were modeling a family. Each member had an important role to play whether it was putting the little ones to bed, making the dinner or keeping the general peace for the sake of the longevity of their game. They were internalizing what they were seeing everyday--a healthy family...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 12:30 PM CST The day had almost arrived.  We’d spent months planning for this, and even longer debating whether it was something we should even do in the first place.  But 4 home makeovers, a couple new bank accounts, 2 extra employees and countless hours of legal document revisions later, we were finally ready. Following the inevitable 11th hour flurry of activity, which included small repairs, painting, expanding activity space and reorganization of supplies, the first wave of DINAF (Honduras child services) employees came from the capital city to tour our facilities.  One worker noted the difference in the children who are cared for here.  “In most places the children run to me and hug my leg.  They beg me to take them with me.  But here the children are happy, content and attached to their caregivers.  They know that they are safe.  It is a beautiful thing.”  The...

As a ministry we are always looking for locals who are willing to step into the lives of vulnerable children here at Legacy of Hope. We believe this is one of the essential steps to becoming a holistic ministry. One of the things Legacy of Hope strives for is to work with excellence in everything we do, which includes becoming more culturally aware. Something I love about Legacy of Hope is that American and Honduran culture is mixed. We have Honduran staff and American volunteers, Honduran and American children, and all holidays are celebrated in both cultures. The ministry is vibrant and full of life as Hondurans and Americans join together to make Legacy of Hope Foundation the ministry is it today. With over 10 staff members and volunteers, we would like to share the story of one in particular. Flor Gomez has been working with us for almost a...

“Look at me in my princess!” Brenda said as she gleefully twirled around to give the room a good look at her ballet uniform. Here, a princess dress is anything with a skirt, and the princesses were wearing them proudly. One by one, we lifted these six little ballerinas into the truck to head to their first day of ballet classes at the local bilingual school.  It was such a beneficial growing experience for them to be in a class setting in the community and outside of the familiarity of the ministry. For most of them, it was their first time being “dropped off” in a situation like that. They were scared and upset at the beginning, but within a couple weeks they were loving it and asking everyday if it was time to go to ballet. After a few months of weekly classes, the school put on a dance recital...

Santa Rosa. Although known for it’s coffee fincas, this town nestled in the mountains of Honduras isn't the most hospitable for the average person to be able to provide fresh food for their family. The forest of pine trees and rocky soil along with the concrete jungle of urban life makes likelihood of harvesting crops from your own garden minuscule. But there are rooftops. Lots of flat rooftops that often only have a single water tank for the family’s water supply. This leaves plenty of space for a rooftop aquaponic (or hydroponic) system that can, not only provide families a means to grow food for themselves, but do it in an efficient and effective way. Last July, Do Good Farms based in Orlando came and built a floating raft aquaponic system that utilizes two 250 gallon fish tanks and a 12’ x 4’ pool that has 18” of water (approx. 540 gallons). The system utilizes...

Claudia sat with her in the kitchen of Casa Segura, the crisis care center, as she was struggling to learn how to breast feed her newborn baby. This young teenager cast her glance to the ground and didn’t take her eyes from that place as we walked in. All around us were sounds of a full house- toddler boys running from one room to the next, young girls doing crafts in the activity room, another teenager playing with young ones on the floor of the living room. So much was going on, and in the midst of it was a young girl learning how to be a mother.  This situation and many others like it are common occurrences when you’re serving such a wide range of children. Casa Segura is a safe, family-style environment (hence “casa segura”) for infants to 18 years of age that have no where else to...

What does a run-down box truck running hours late, concrete dust, pouring rain, and drunken “helpful” neighbors all have in common? They were all elements of the Spanglers’ move from La Ceiba to Santa Rosa to start Legacy of Hope Foundation 4 years ago. The move from a rural area to a city one, from supporting an existing ministry to starting their own, and from tropical weather to the foreign low temperatures of the mountains was a shock, but aside from the hardships of the move, God’s faithfulness has shown through as a common thread amid the narrative. It’s hard to picture what things in our little colonia were like 4 years ago because so much has changed and expanded in that short time! We have gone from operating out of one home to having 5 ministry buildings with plans for additional expansion in the near future! We currently have...

Legacy of Hope has been so blessed by our staff and the hearts they have for the children we serve. This month we are highlighting Claudia as our LOH Person of the Month. Claudia first came on with Legacy of Hope as weekend nighttime help for the Spanglers when the kids weren’t sleeping through the night. But as the kids got older and no longer needed over night care, Claudia filled in as extra kitchen help for a time before being brought on as full-time staff when Sophia Fitzgibbon opened the crisis care center. Within the craziness that is crisis care, Claudia really found her niche and is thriving! She makes a daily impact on the fractured lives that pass through our Casa Segura (recently renamed from Centro de Paso).   The hardest part of the job for Claudia is seeing the condition in which the children arrive—the state of malnutrition, the...

Legacy of Hope Foundation has been honored to be chosen as 1 of 30 non-government organizations in Honduras to participate in the pilot process to certifying organizations that provide alternative care to children. On Monday, February 27th, we were officially evaluated and entered into this new process for non-profits in Honduras. This is an exciting time for us as our organization is able to be an example of best practices and integrity as we provide holistic solutions for orphaned and vulnerable children.   Additionally, we are ecstatic to announce that we have signed a contact with the Hovde Foundation. They have agreed to partner with us to purchase two of the buildings we are currently renting for our ministry. Thanks to the support of the Hovde Foundation we will no longer have to pay rent on Transition House One or Two, and we will be making renovations to expand...

Our new year began with the sad and very difficult news that our beloved psychologist, Ericka Garcia, passed away due to complications of a chronic and painful condition called scleroderma. In order to honor and remember the great work that Ericka did with our foundation, we began a scholarship program in her honor. Each year a female student in her final year of study at Ericka’s alma mater will receive the Ericka Gracia Memorial Scholarship. These finances will help the student pay for books or purchase supplies needed during her internship. Every year on Valentines Day, Legacy of Hope Foundation in cooperation with the University and Ericka’s mother, will choose and reward a new recipient who most exemplifies the ideals, work ethic and values that made Ericka such a wonderful colleague and friend. As noted by Sophia: “Ericka was such an amazing person to work with. Every time she arrived...