From our partners in Honduras

From our partners in Honduras

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From our partners in Honduras

Lindsey & Steve Poulson met in Honduras, Central America - where they now live and serve as CMS mission partners -  after following their individual callings to move from their home countries, the U.S. and the U.K. respectively.  In partnership with UK charity Street Kids Direct and working alongside World Gospel Mission, Steve & Lindsey support local projects to help develop prevention, intervention and rehabilitation programmes for vulnerable children and young people in Latin America.

One of the projects they work with is Proyecto Alas, located in the town of Talanga, whose staff & volunteer team reach the local youth via a mentoring program, tutoring, and other educational support to keep kids in school and off the streets. The project works closely with a coffee shop, which Steve & Lindsey also help manage. Below they share, from the perspective of one of the young people,  how the project and coffee shop are working together to support the transformation of the next generation of Honduras….

Katerin sits at one of the corner tables of Cafe Alas, sipping from her fruit smoothie as she chats with her mentor, Lorena. Katerin has had a difficult last few weeks, but on this Tuesday afternoon she can just be a typical 17-year old hanging out in a coffee shop. Cafe Alas is a place Katerin can relax, enjoying the cozy environment complete with comfy sofas, greenery, calming instrumental music while she shares with Lorena the joys and challenges of her life during their weekly hour together as part of the Proyecto Alas mentoring programme. 

One month ago, Katerin was hospitalized after she attempted suicide by overdosing on some medication. The pressures of being a single mom of a 9-month old, helping her mother run their home as the only female daughter, and taking classes on the weekend to complete grade 8 had just felt like too much. But because of the good relationship between Proyecto Alas and the family, Katerin’s mother called the directors for help, and an ambulance was arranged to rush an unconscious Katerin to hospital - just in time to save her life. Thankfully, Katerin is now on the road to recovery.

Mental health is still a fairly taboo subject in Honduras, but thanks to Proyecto Alas, Katerin is able to receive the support she needs. In addition to her weekly hour with her mentor, she has regular sessions with the project’s psychologist, who is helping her process her emotions and learn strategies for resilience. She is also starting to work as a part time cleaner in the coffee shop, which not only provides her a steady income to support her baby’s needs, but also a stable routine to support her own health.

cafe alasCafe Alas has become a popular place for Katerin and other children and young people who are part of the mentoring program of Proyecto Alas, as it is conveniently located in the same building! The coffee shop was reopened in this new location in April of this year, with the main objective of earning funds to help support the programs of Proyecto Alas with at-risk children and youth like Katerin. The coffee shop currently provides part-time employment for 7 young people, and is proving to be a “safe place”, not only for kids and their mentors, but for the wider community as well. 

Please continue to pray for Katerin, as well as the other children and young people of Honduras who are part of the projects that Steve and Lindsey are working with!




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