Fundación ProNiño, a residential facility for homeless boys ages 6 to 18, located in El Progreso, Honduras. Many of the boys are genuinely “homeless” before ProNiño and come from living on the streets; others are homeless in the sense that their families have shown such a level of neglect that the judicial system has relocated them to the ProNiño program. ProNiño has rescued, housed, mentored, and educated hundreds of boys, working to break the cycle and culture of poverty, drug use, and hopelessness. Since 1999 Vessels of Mercy Intl has provided operational support, small livestock projects, hi-yield gardens, tilapia ponds, a vocational training center and equipment, and teams to conduct vacation bible school day camps.
This community came together along the riverbanks after Hurricane Mitch destroyed their homes, and they had no place to go but along the river to survive. Their homes made of cardboard, plastic, and anything they could find to provide for their families. We began serving them and providing basic needs as well as holding Vacation Bible School. In recent years, this community was disbanded by the govt and was taken to a swampy area about 30 minutes outside of the city and dropped off, having to start over once again. This little community is very resilient and has become like family to us; we continue serving this community today.
Women of Hope
Women of Hope is a vocational rehabilitation program for women and their children, leaving the world of prostitution and human trafficking.
They offer a micro-grant program and sell products made by survivors online. House of Hope started in Nicaragua and now operates a second location in Honduras! Funds raised from product sales serve as a supplement to the income ladies receive from other small jobs and teach skills that will lead to a life free from slavery and prostitution.
Vessels of Mercy Intl has partnered with WOH in San Pedro Sula since 2018. Our teams have provided equipment and materials for the vocational bakery and have taught the women simple recipes that can use. Most recently, our team launched our Threads of Hope project, teaching women to put together crocheted squares to make blankets and purses. We have also held a vacation bible school/day camp for the women and their children. Currently, a building is under construction that will be the new home. Vessels of Mercy Intl. has partnered with them in the development by providing ceramic tile for the main meeting area and bathrooms. We look forward to being involved in this project for the long term.