Eleven young adults and chaperones from Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Indianapolis traveled to our Honduras mission last June and another 23 rising high-school Seniors and adults traveled last July. Our teams brought down 56 suitcases of donations, painted the interiors of two children’s homes and the exterior of one, built a fence around another home, and completed two major Home Makeovers. We took two food brigades to needy families in a mountain village and spent many playtime hours with the children of Nuevo Paraíso and Pedro Atala, including a movie night, Bingo tournament, ping-pong game, and visit with the young adults in the transition homes in Tegucigalpa.
February 2016: Fifteen traveled to Honduras--one from as far as California. Seven team members were first-timers, including two teachers from IHM School. We worked on the wall, helped clean and prep the new SECOND Santiago Apostol house, and did a home-to-home food brigade in Quebrada Grande. We enjoyed a visit to the Reyes Irene and Pedro Atala projects, breakfast with Sister, a movie night for the younger children and a rowdy Bingo Night with the teens at Nuevo Paraíso, and a concert for the kids on one of the coldest days ever in Honduras!
Feb 2015: The IHM Adult mission trip had 12 members who worked on an Adoration Chapel addition at Nuevo Paraíso, a plaza in front of the tienda near the kids’ homes, and a food brigade to Flor Azul village. They also provided backpacks and school supplies, hosted a movie night, and walked the children to their first day of school.
May 2015: Thirteen rising sophomores in college and three adults made a return trip--the third time to Nuevo Paraíso for many of them! They did a home makeover on Alegria House, did a food brigade to Flor Azul village, and played lots of soccer with the young men of Santiago Apostol home.
June 2015: The IHM Youth mission trip brought 12 first-timers and four chaperones to Honduras. They did a home makeover on Angeles house, painting inside and out, held a movie night (McFarland USA) for the children of Nuevo Paraíso, and had a great fiesta with the kids on the last night!
Dec 2015: Eleven women brought 25 suitcases (to join another 7 brought in the summer filled with toys) on the Santa Brigade. They shopped for, selected, and wrapped Christmas gifts for 152 kids at Nuevo Paraíso, 22 at Santiago Apostol, and about 20 children of the Tias. They held a Christmas Store (Secret Santa) for the children of Pedro Atala, Nuevo Paraíso, and Santiago Apostol. They also delivered sponsor presents and monetary donations to Pedro Atala.
Members of FHC led or traveled on four mission trips in 2013-2014:
a Santa Christmas gift Brigade in December 2013
the Immaculate Heart of Mary Adult Brigade in February 2014
a Teen Reunion Trip in June 2014
the Immaculate Heart of Mary Teen Brigade in June/July 2014.
Here are some vital statistics:
Total number of traveling adults: 36
Total number of traveling teens: 35
Christmas gifts wrapped on the Santa Brigade: 400+
Ten- by eight-foot sections of the brick security wall around Nuevo Paraíso built: 7
Suitcases of donations brought down: 142
Travel days delayed by ice storms in the U.S.: 2
Mini Extreme Home Makeovers done in Nuevo Paraíso houses: 4
Food brigades to rural villages in Honduras: 3
Hokey Pokeys danced with the Kindergartners at Nuevo: 3
Soccer games played against Honduran kids or adults: 20+
Soccer games won by the North Americans: 0 (although we did score once or twice!)