WHY A SCHOOL?
This is Katyosca. She is 14 and finished 6th grade in November of 2012. Her mom is a single mom with 8 children and a baby on the way. Katyosca is the type of ‘smart’ that makes people turn their heads. Her situation is not unique; Katyosca is La Mosquitia. Because of the lack of quality education options, Katyosca is currently attending a Christian boarding school on the other side of Honduras for middle school. She left family, friends and her culture for a good education.
La Mosquitia is a remote region on the eastern coast of Honduras that is accessible only by boat or small airplane. The area is inhabited by the indigenous Miskito Indians – beautiful people with an inner strength and fortitude that is unmatched.
In La Mosquitia, Honduras, the government schools are under-funded and over-crowded. In 2012, the government teachers were on strike for almost 30% of the school year. The average family pays approximately $150 per year to send a child to a ‘public’ school… in an area where the average daily income is $5 per day for those who are fortunate enough to even have a job. If you do the math, you will see that it is impossible for an impoverished family to pay monthly rent, eat and send even one child to school. Most families have 4-6 children.
Reach Out Honduras has been working in La Mosquitia since 2010. God has given Reach Out Honduras the dream to build a Christian middle and high school for children who otherwise have little-to-no access to a quality education. We want to see young ladies, like Katyosca, and young men be able to study in a safe environment where the love of Christ is taught and shown, right in their own culture. In fact, Katyosca’s younger sister, Imada, will be a part of the inaugural class of Instituto Vida Abundante in February of 2014 and will be able to live at home and walk to school.
WHY THE NAME?
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. “
Vida Abundante means ‘Abundant Life.’ Named after the verse John 10:10 referenced above, these words speak to everything God has waiting for the students of Puerto Lempira. There are ‘thieves’ everywhere, literal and figurative. The thieves of drug addiction, drug trafficking, prostitution, poverty, hunger and more rob these students of the abundant life that God has waiting!
God has faithfully provided for His vision to become a reality! In 2011, land was donated by the mayor to build Instituto Vida Abundante. In 2012, construction began on the first classroom. Today, in September of 2013, 2 classrooms are complete and a 3rd underway, bathrooms are under construction, and a security fence surrounds the property. We have interviewed 4 teachers and will select 3 in November. There are 40+ students on the interview list. All God!
There are TWO WAYS to help:
1. Be a part of Instituto Vida Abundante’s Building Campaign… as we add additional grades, we will also be building 2 more classrooms each year. To be a part of this ongoing capital campaign, click here.
2. SPONSOR A STUDENT… for $50 per month, you can provide one student with access to a quality, Christian education. Currently our students for 2014 are full sponsored. We are looking for 2015 sponsors. Contact Us for more information! To pay for a sponsorship commitment, click here.
3. ONE-TIME DONATION toward School Operations … as the year unfolds, unexpected expenses will arise. To contribute to the operating fund of Instituto Vida Abundante, visit this page.