Month: November 2018

As Ada’s teacher, I developed a very strong bond with her from the beginning

This month, we are honored to highlight one of our incredible supporters on the ground in Gracias, Miss Amanda. Amanda is Ada’s mentor-tutor, and has been working in Honduras since August of 2017 when she began teaching Ada’s fourth grade English classes. That’s when she first got to know the Ramirez family.

Living and working abroad is not new for Amanda. She went to primary and secondary school in Abu Dhabi where her parents worked. After that, she attended University of South Florida (Go Bulls!). Upon completing her undergrad studies, Amanda worked in an orphanage in Indonesia while attaining her TEFL certification. It was then that she decided to enroll in a masters program in Education. After some work in social services, she decided to pursue her passion for teaching at the Minerva Bilingual School. We are so excited to have her international education expertise on our OFH team.

Working as Ada’s teacher last year, Amanda says that she immediately connected with Ada, and really hoped to become her mentor-tutor. When we approached Amanda about the role last summer, she says, “As Ada’s teacher, I developed a very strong bond with her from the beginning. It was a no-brainer for me to take the opportunity to continue working with her.” 

In addition to education, Amanda is passionate about health and fitness. Amanda has been a great example for Ada in this way; the two enjoy practicing yoga and creating nutritious afternoon snacks together. This has been a great opportunity for Ada to learn healthy living habits with Amanda as her role model. Amanda told us this story:

“Recently, we have been enjoying “make your own yogurt” bowls after school with yogurt, cheerios, nuts, raisins (she is obsessed with raisins), cinnamon, and apples. However, the supermarkets have been out of the natural, plain yogurt that I always buy. Ada came to the store with me recently to look for it and saw there were many types of sweetened, flavored yogurts, but I told her they didn’t have what I was looking for. She looked up at me and said, “WE like it ‘sin sabor’, right, Miss?!” I loved that she saw natural, non-flavored yogurt as “our thing”. This definitely made me smile.”

We’re also thrilled to announce that Amanda is our new International Education Coordinator for Primary School students! In addition to her work with Ada, this month Amandawill also manage the delivery of our services on the ground in Gracias for our three Primary students — Ada, Estefany and Kenneth. From managing mentor-tutors, making tuition payments, to interfacing with Minerva Bilingual School, Amanda is our point-person to make sure these kids have access to everything they need in order to be successful and to feel loved and supported. 

And Amanda doesn’t just see her work with Ada and the other primary students as a service in the short-term. She has big dreams for Ada and the rest of the family. Like us, she believes that education is empowerment. She told us,”It would be impossible for these children to attend school without OFH. Period... Without the assistance of OFH and her bilingual education, a real career in her future would not be possible.”

Amanda is an invaluable asset to the OFH team, and we all look forward to seeing her continue to impact Ada’s life, and lives of all OFH students. Stay tuned!

What are we thankful for?

This Thanksgiving, we hope that each of you and your family will take time to reflect on what you’re grateful for. We’ve been doing the same thing at One Family Honduras! We worked with just a few of our mentors and students in Gracias to compile a list of the things that matter most to us, and we wanted to share them with you.

As a team, we’re especially thankful for:

  • Family:
    • “My family is the most important thing to me. Mom and I always laugh and have fun, and Dad watches movies with me. I am thankful for my brothers and sisters because they always play with me and I love them.” – Estefany
    • “What matter most to me are the people in my life who continue to love and support me wherever I am and whatever I’m doing. I love and appreciate my friends and family in Canada for trying to understand and accept my decision to be here.” – Alina, Estefany’s mentor
    • “My family is very important to me because I love them very much, and I an grateful for God for bringing me a new morning every day.” – Sergio
  • Education:
    • “I am grateful for the opportunity to go to school.” – Ada
    • “I am thankful to be able to go to Minerva and for the nice teachers, who always have fun activities to do.” – Estefany
    • “Education is about way more than getting a degree. I’m so thankful that my family gave me such a variety of educational opportunities growing up; those opportunities opened my whole world. My hope for OFH has always been that we use the classroom as a backdrop to teach self-awareness, critical thinking, and responsibility. Ultimately, we really believe that these things are empowering and creates a sense of agency.” – Sarah, OFH co-founder
  • Relationships: 
    • “I’ve developed many strong relationships with people here in Honduras, and some of those people have since moved back to their respective countries, but they care about me and stay in touch as if the distance were nonexistent.  Lastly, the people I have here with me in Honduras: fellow teachers, students, and friends who they treat me like family, pick me up on my bad days, make me smile, and always remind me why I’m here. These are the people I am most thankful and appreciative of; they matter the most.” – Alina, Estefany’s mentor
    • “The meaningfulness of relationships is what matters to me. Spending time away in different countries for work can be tough, but my time away has really made me appreciate the relationships I have in my life, both here and at home. The relationships that last are something I’m super thankful for.” – Branden, Sergio’s mentor
    • “I am grateful for the good friends I have at school. I am thankful that I get to spend time with Miss Alina because we do fun things like play with makeup and we always learn new things too.” – Estefany
  • Personal Development:
    • “What matters to me is being a person I’m proud of. I want to surround myself with people who inspire me, make me laugh, and help me grow as a person.” – Amanda, Ada’s mentor
    • “It matters to me to be part of something that matters – something greater than myself and something that makes a difference. I want to commit my life to serving others and not just myself.” – Charlie, former OFH mentor

At One Family Honduras, our aim is to eliminate barriers to education for the children we serve by providing the necessary resources for nutritional, personal, spiritual and educational development, both inside and outside of the classroom. Thank you to everyone who has joined us in support of this goal. We are forever grateful for you!

We wish each of you a warm, sincere, family-filled Thanksgiving.