olanchito children’s Development Center
Fourteen years ago, Dario Delarco saw a need in his hometown of Olanchito, Honduras. In the community where he grew up there were children at risk due to poverty and lack of education. As a pastor he saw an opportunity to meet physical and spiritual needs through a church and child development center. He owned a little property in the community and decided to use it to house two simple buildings.
The ministry began and has operated with almost no outside help for 14 years. When we visited the small facility the Lord immediately placed on our heart the need to assist in the completion of Dario’s vision. This location has the potential to make a huge impact in the surrounding community with just a little funding. Children need to learn job skills. The community and CDC need a water well. The CDC needs a paid teacher and helpers, and a cook.
The organization has been trying to operate with volunteers who are only able to help occasionally. The building has no running water so the needed water for the cooking and drinking is being transported in pots from a neighborhood school. As we visited with Dario, we discovered that just a little money would provide enough help to make this ministry a consistent reality.
If you would like to support the ongoing work being done at the Children’s Development Center in Olanchito all you have to do is click the Voice Partner image at the bottom of this page.
Geography & Climate
Honduras is a country in Central America. Honduras borders the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean. Guatemala lies to the west, Nicaragua south east and El Salvador to the south west. Honduras is the second largest Central American republic, with a total area of 43,590 sq. mi).
Honduras has a 430-mile Caribbean coastline extending from the mouth of the Río Motagua in the west to the mouth of the Río Coco in the east, at Cape Gracias a Dios. The 573 mi southeastern side of the triangle is a land border with Nicaragua.
The climate of the interior highlands where the village of Olanchito is located has a pleasant climate, with an average high temperature ranging from 86 °F in April, the warmest month, to 77 °F in January, the coolest. Above 6,562 ft, temperatures can fall to near freezing at night, and frost sometimes occurs.
Although most Hondurans are nominally Roman Catholic (which would be considered the main religion), membership in the Roman Catholic Church is declining while membership in Protestant churches is increasing. The International Religious Freedom Report, 2008, notes that a CID Gallup poll reported that 51.4% of the population identified themselves as Catholic, 36.2% as evangelical Protestant, 1.3% claiming to be from other religions, including Muslims, Buddhists, Jews, Rastafarians, etc. and 11.1% do not belong to any religion or unresponsive. 8% reported as being either atheistic or agnostic. Customary Catholic church tallies and membership estimates 81% Catholic where the priest (in more than 185 parishes) is required to fill out a pastoral account of the parish each year.
Honduras is governed within a framework of a presidential representative democratic republic. The President of Honduras is both head of state and head of government. Executive power is exercised by the Honduran government. Legislative power is vested in the National Congress of Honduras. The judiciary is independent of both the executive branch and the legislature.
The National Congress of Honduras (Congreso Nacional) has 128 members (diputados), elected for a four-year term by proportional representation. Congressional seats are assigned the parties’ candidates on a departmental basis in proportion to the number of votes each party receives.
You can become a Voice Partner and a Voice for the Voiceless by simply abiding in the what the Lord calls us to do throughout the Bible. Your support will go a long way in encouraging children and staff members that God is real and very much alive! Your support is needed TODAY! Tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone. But the children your support will help need your help TODAY!