One of the unique things about being deployed in Central America is the opportunity to help out at an orphanage. When stationed at Soto Cano you get to visit an orphanage in La Paz, Honduras twice a month.  La Paz is near Comayagua where the base is. It is an incredible experience and I highly recommend volunteering. 

Hogar de ninos Tierra Santa in La Paz, Honduras

 
The orphanage in Honduras Hogar de ninos Tierra Santa in La Paz, Honduras let us bring our entire family.  Before we went we did not know if they would let the kids come with us.
 
I know that they are in need of personal hygiene products, especially deodorant. Plus, there’s an ongoing need for food, clothes, and shoes. 
 
Our family and other volunteers from Soto Cano air base served food, handed out clothes and toys and just hung out with them.  I even got to paint a few little girls nails!

We served the kids chili and sandwiches.

Like everywhere in the country there were lots of dogs.  Our little boy was smitten with a little puppy they had.

I had brought clothes our kids had outgrown, toys, hygiene, and art supplies to pass out to the kids.  I wish I had brought more. I felt bad that I didn’t have bigger clothes for the older kids. We saw at least 40 kids living there.  

The almost two hours we spent there went by to fast.  It was sad to leave knowing how much more they need.

On another Sunday we had a big water fight with them. Thanks to whoever filled up 500 water balloons.
 

 

Hogar de ninos Tierra Santa in La Paz, Honduras

Hogar de ninos Tierra Santa in La Paz, Honduras

 

Hogar de ninos Tierra Santa in La Paz, Honduras

 
 

 

Hogar de ninos Tierra Santa in La Paz, Honduras
 

Hogar de ninos Tierra Santa in La Paz, Honduras
 

Hogar de ninos Tierra Santa in La Paz, Honduras
 

Visiting an Orphanage

I highly recommend working in an orphanage in Honduras during your family vacation. It’s a truly humbling experience. Honduras has a lot of orphanages and they need all the help they can get. You can contact a church to have this arranged or a non-profit like Tin Roof Society.

Abroader View can connect you as well, https://www.abroaderview.org/programs/orphanage-support/honduras-orphans-laceiba