Global Activism: Helping Children in Honduras

January 5, 2006

Each Thursday on worldview we hear about an individual who's decided to work to make the world a better place. Today we'll hear about an effort to help children in central America. 

Farm of the Child is an orphanage and community center in Honduras. Children live in homes with Honduran host parents --with the assistance of international volunteers. Later in the program we'll hear from two former Chicago residents volunteering at farm of the child.

But first we're going to hear from the co-founder of farm of the child—Zulena Pescatore. Zulena is originally from Guatemala. She and her American husband Vincent set up the first farm of the child orphanage in a remote Guatemalan rainforest back in 1987.

Six years later they decided to continue their work by setting up another farm of the child orphanage in Honduras. They began construction in the town of Trujillo on the northern coast of Honduras. But just as they were about to open, Vincent died in a plane crash. Zulena decided to continue with the project with the help of us volunteers, local Hondurans and locally based Franciscan sisters.

Farm of the Child now serves more than 40 orphans and includes a school, medical clinic, a women's group and an outreach program. Zulena's remarks are interpreted by Cynthia Espinal.

Farm of the Child depends on the work of volunteers from the U.S. as well as local Hondurans. Two current volunteers are former Chicago residents Erika and Michael Myette. They and their family moved to Honduras to help with farm of the child.

Zulena began by explaining what an average day is like at Farm of the Child…