Orphan Helpers works in four juvenile detention centers. These centers have a combined population of more than 300 vulnerable youth.
Centers Where We Work
This rural detention center is home to 55 boys, ages 13-18 years, and is located one and a half hours from Tegucigalpa. These boys are serving sentences for crimes such as extortion, stealing, drug use, and murder. Orphan Helpers is hoping to establish a self-sustaining center within this complex that incorporates farming and vocational training. The open center with low security is a true farm, with pigs, cattle, a pond for fishing, and fields for growing crops.
The Orphan Helpers staff in this center offer Bible study and discipleship. The staff provide hair cuts, basic education, counseling, and sports programs for the young men. Orphan Helpers also has a barber workshop and is teaching barbering skills.
Renaciendo (Rebirth) is a detention center home to 164 street boys, gang members, and abandoned and abused boys ages 13-18. They are serving time for crimes such as extortion, stealing, rape, murder, and drugs and arms trafficking. Orphan Helpers staff cut hair, teach English, music, and computer classes, and coordinate sports activities. They also provide daily devotionals and teach the Gospel. Orphan Helpers also has a Spanish library here as well, and thanks to a new alliance with a local NGO a new barber salon is being built to train and certify boys to be professional barbers.
Sacred Heart is a female detention center with 48 13 to 18 year-old girls. These girls are here for committing crimes such as robbery, kidnapping, assault, murder, and drugs and arms trafficking. Orphan Helpers has two staff members working in this center who offer counseling and Bible study to the girls. Because of a strategic alliance with a local NGO, Orphan Helpers is providing cosmetology classes to 16 girls. The girls will be certified upon completion with an opportunity to become entrepreneurs and their own beauty salon.
The El Carmen Juvenile Detention Center is located in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. It houses 103 boys between the ages of 13-18 who have been arrested for a variety of crimes and misdemeanors. Orphan Helpers has two staff and one volunteer there. Because of a strategic alliance with a local NGO, Orphan Helpers will be providing classes on barbering skills, basic computer skills, carpentry, and construction skills.