The main building that makes up Miqueas 6.8 sits on a one acre plot of land (which it shares with our volunteer house) right of the Progreso-Tela highway in La Colorada, Honduras. The building is a two story building, containing over 11,000 square feet of space.
The first floor contains two dormitories, a large spacious living/play area, as well as the dining area for all of the children of Hogar Miqueas.
The second floor is currently one large space (5,700 square feet). It is used every afternoon to do homework and hold pre-school classes. The space is larger than many public schools in Honduras (and hopefully it will one day hold a school). We would love to begin the process of bisecting the space into various smaller classroom and study areas. Our hope is that we can install sliding partition walls so that the second floor can still be used for summer vacation bible school or other large community meetings/activities.
Although we started with just a few children at Hogar Miqueas, the effects are exponential. As these children grow into young adults, they will have the opportunity to attend college or get a job. We are providing a foundation so that these children can break the cycle of poverty within their families, their local villages and their country.
Hogar Miqueas will provide a family for children who have never experienced one. Love, education, nutritional sustenance and life-long direction will be liberally provided. Each child will know exactly what it means to feel the love of Christ in a family setting. Each child will receive a quality education, and the ability to attend college. Children will also receive vocational training so they may plug back into their local community.
Miqueas Volunteer House
Interested in visiting Miqueas 6.8 in Honduras? The Miqueas volunteer house is where most of our short and long term volunteers stay during their time with us. The house sits, along with Hogar Miqueas. Its close proximity to the main children's home allows volunteers to easily interact with the children, while still giving both the children and volunteers their own personal space. The volunteer house contains 5 bed rooms, 5 bath rooms and a central kitchen that is shared by everyone in the house The volunteer house is also home to Hogar Miqueas administrators Jacob and Melody Cherian who are always around to help out.
Are you interested in working at Miqueas 6.8? We are looking for volunteers who believe in our mission and want to use their skills to help the children of Hogar Miqueas. Whether you or a group of friends want to spend some time volunteering with us or if you feel that you are called to spend an extended period of time working with us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Future of Miqueas 6.8
One of the first things that one learns while working in Honduras is that nothing turns out exactly as it was planned. Well not exactly as we might have planned, however God has his own plans. Hogar Miqueas was originally meant to house the first 30 children that joined Hogar Miqueas. This however was contingent on all of the children being of similar age. We currently have 38 children ranging from 10 months to 14 years of age. God has brought these special children to our care and we are now working on future plans to best adapt the mission to the needs of these (and future) children.
Having babies, preschoolers and kindergartens, as well as fourth and fifth graders together, creates some difficulties in managing the various schedules and sleep schedules of all the children. Hogar Miqueas has two dormitories, one for the girls and one for the boys, and is not suitable for housing such a variety of ages. To help the older children flourish in their own environment, two houses in close proximity to Hogar Miqueas have been purchased to create an extension of our first home in the community of La Colorada. The two homes will be used to establish an all girls and all boys residence so that social studies, biology and geometry can be the daily worries of our older children, and not dirty diapers, potty training or a 7:30pm bed time.
La Casa Amarilla (The Yellow House) sits on 1/4 of an acre property just a block from the Hogar Miqueas and will be home for girls 10 to 12. Since purchasing the home, Miqueas 6.8 has launched an expansion of the house to accommodate the needs of the girls. The house originally had three small rooms, a kitchen and a living room. Now there will be 3 large rooms for the girls, each room having its own bathroom. The house will also have room for a "Tia" or house mother who will live with the girls and ensure to their daily care and upbringing. The girls will still receive many of their classes and meals at the Hogar Miqueas with the rest of the Miqueas family.
La Casa Blanca (The White House) sits on a 1/2 of an acre property located one block from La Casa Amarilla and two blocks from the Hogar Miqueas. This is a new spacious house that was purchased from a gentleman who had completed about 95 percent of the construction. While the current rooms are relatively large, we would still like to renovate (and complete) the construction to accommodate our older boys. More bathrooms, tile flooring, closet space and a kitchen (appliances, counter space, kitchen cabinets) will be priorities when we begin the renovation process. For the security of all who will be living in the house, we also want to install a proper fence or wall around the property so that the spacious back yard will be a safe place for the boys to play and relax. Another reason for a secure fence is that we also want to plant fruit trees and possibly install a chicken coup or some other income generating project that the boys can manage.
Currently 38 children reside at Hogar Miqueas. Since Hogar Miqueas was opened, the number of children has quickly grown. We are currently over our maximum limit of 30 children and are working quickly on our other homes so we can open them up.
In addition to operating Hogar Miqueas, we are working to achieve the long term sustainability of the mission. It is our goal that the Mission will be able to support itself in the future. We currently are looking at various sources of income that will help not only the children in our home but the community around us. Initially relying on donations, Hogar Miqueas will become self-sustaining through sustainability projects.
Procon Agriculutral Project
The area between El Progreso and Tela is rich and fertile land. Vast plantations of bananas and African Palms spread out in all directions. Flat plains and rollings hills and mountains are all turned into farms and orchards. Miqueas has purchased a 35 acre property, 30 minutes from La Colorada. The land is nestled on one of the tallest hills that juts out of the plain. Getting to and from the property due to gravel roads that often get flooded during the rainy season is a task. While the property is only a half a kilometer downhill from a small community, anyone wishing to get into the property would need vehicle with four wheeled drive to get up the steep climb into the property. We currently do not have such a vehicle and have been using our 15 passenger van as the conditions will permit. The land is steep, but it is still very useable for our purposes. Some of the land was already planted with rambutan, avocado, noni and coconut trees and since Miqueas 6.8 has purchased the land we have planted corn and African Palm trees on the property. The products these trees produce are in high demand in this part of Honduras, with palm prices soaring year after year. Planting all 35 acres now will mean in the future there will be a strong and relatively reliable flow of income coming in to support the children in Hogar Miqueas.
Miqueas 6.8 owns a corner plot of land that sits on the roadside. It is our plan to construct a building to house a grocery store, pharmacy, coffee shop, restaurant and beauty salon. This project will also benefit the communities around us as they will not need to travel 30 minutes to receive these services.
Miqueas 6.8 also owns a dump truck which is rented out on a daily basis to haul items such as sand, dirt, rocks, etc. Our biggest clients are contractors who work in construction and we hope to tap into a major project so that we can expect consistent work.