We arrived at Give Hope 2 Kids on Saturday. Jason picked us up in La Ceiba and we drove up a “road” to the small village of Urraco. I use the word “road” very loosely. The dirt road is never smooth, but currently during rainy season it is a perfect off road adventure. We enjoyed the magnificent views…jungle, rainforests, waterfalls, white water rapids on the river and much more.
Give Hope 2 Kids is located about 1 1/2 hours up the mountain from La Ceiba. It is located in a valley that has a few villages within walking distance. It is the vision of Jason and Sarah Furrow. They volunteered at a high school here in the valley years ago. After praying for the Lord to lead, they bought 100 acres and went to work building children’s homes to house orphans or abandoned children.
We enjoyed a tour of the property and then a hike to the top of the mountain to see all that surrounds this 100 acres. It is a jungle out there! Seriously. Our family loves the movie “Swiss Family Robinson” and we continue to comment that where we are is almost right out of the movie!
The property grows: coffee, cacao, bananas, mangos, papaya, oranges, avocado, yuca, sugar cane, pineapple and more! They also raise chickens, sheep, cows, pigs and horses. Yesterday, we enjoyed seeing the newest member of the farm animals…a new baby cow!
Don and Isaiah have helped build a corral and milking house for the cows. The property will be increasing their milk production to provide for all the children’s homes. We have enjoyed waking up to a container of milk on the front steps that we boil (pasturize) and drink fresh from the cow.
Give Hope 2 Kids currently has 2 children’s homes. Each home has house parents and 5 orphans. The kids are adorable! They are quick to warm up to us and the girls and I enjoy going over to their house (about a 2 minute walk from the volunteer house we are staying in) and inviting the kids out to play. Today we took silly bands (rubber bracelets). The kids loved them and we enjoyed trying to guess the farm animal silly bands in Spanish.
We also found a new species of ticks! After our hike we found LOTS of itty bitty ticks all over ourselves. I mean ALL OVER. It was humorous to watch our family use a flashlight to find ticks all over one another. Disgusting memories seem to last long. This one will be years to forget.
Loving the chance to serve together through tick or thin…