Along the Caribbean coast of Honduras sits Puerto Cortes, a port city, where poverty and hunger is everywhere. But at a small church, just yards from the Caribbean Sea, an industrious group of hardworking mothers are bent on giving local children a better life.
In a spotless kitchen at the back of the church a woman dices garlic, onions and other vegetables on a cutting board; another woman scrubs countertops and prepares plates while two others tend to vats of food on the stovetop. The women chat and laugh as they work, but ask about the food and suddenly everyone gets serious.
“We’re cooking with love for our children,” says one of the women. “The kitchen has to be clean and the food has to be good.”
The payoff is seen on the faces of the 150 children who eat here three times a week. At lunchtime, the children gather around tiny plastic tables in the church’s sanctuary and are served restaurant style.
“By helping in the kitchen I am fulfilling my duties as a mother,” says Carla, a single mom. “Sometimes we don’t have enough food at home and I am given Convoy of Hope food to take home. It’s nice knowing I at least have something I can depend on. I’m so grateful.
Volunteers like Carla have inspired other single moms in the community. *Vanessa, used to be a prostitute, but after enrolling her children in the feeding program she decided to sell bread and fish instead of herself. “Things I once thought were impossible I am now doing,” she says demurely. “I used to not love my children ... but now I love and protect them because I’m determined that they have a good life.
Vanessa has experienced the life-transforming power of a good trade thanks to Convoy of Hope and its supporters.