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:
- “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
- “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
- “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.