Helping Single Mothers and their Children in Honduras
In fall 2013, a letter arrived at Wibu-Systems. Sent by the Karlsruhe school initiative “goethe kidz4kidz”, the school children writing the letter told the story of a children’s daycare place in another hemisphere, in Honduras. A dream was threatened. Without new financial support, the center was set to close at the end of the year. The commitment and initiative of Karlsruhe’s schools paid off: the center will stay open and active! With sponsoring from the Goethe Gymnasium school itself and funding from local businesses, it was possible to close the financial gap and save the “Pasos Pequeñitos” facilities. Wibu-Systems was one of the companies who saw the good in the project – and who have been supporting it since 2013.
Honduras remains one of the poorest countries of Latin America. Every second child and more are raised by single mothers, more often than not in squalid conditions. Going to school is a dream for many of them, not to even speak of medical care. Dr. Vera Dinkelacker, a young medical doctor from Germany, came to witness the reality of life in Honduras during her time of service in the country on behalf of the children’s charity nph (nuestros pequeños hermanos). Driven by what she had seen, she wanted to find a solution not for today alone, but for the future, leading her to found the nursery “Pasos Pequeñitos” in 2005 in Honduras’ capital of Tegucigalpa. The institute takes in children of single mothers for everyday care, to break the cycle of poverty breeding poverty. It provides care for up to 20 children, and much more: genuine affection and the opportunity for their mothers to complete their training and education and start a new and better life for themselves and their children.
Pasos Pequeñitos have moved to a new building of their own, which was remodeled based on the needs of the children. Now the children can be cared for and accompanied even better.
nph (nuestros pequeños hermanos - our little brothers and sisters) was founded in 1954 by Padre William Wasson in Mexico. nph Kinderhilfe Lateinamerika e. V. was founded in 1985 and currently boasts approx. 30 employees located in Karlsruhe, Germany.
As an international Christian children's charity, it supports ten children's villages in nine Latin American countries, where about 3,200 girls and boys in need have found a home. More than 18,000 children have grown up with nph and have thus found their way into an independent life.