DALLAS, Texas – Buckner International is providing support to the children of Nueva Esperanza after a fire Nov. 19 forced the evacuation of 150 children ages birth to 14 years old from the government-run orphanage.
The cause of the fire was due to electrical problems, according to La Prensa. All of the children have been reported safe and healthy. Most of the children have been relocated to another government orphanage nearby, but overcrowding at the orphanage causes concern, said Yaneth Contreras, director of Buckner Honduras.
“Buckner staff in San Pedro Sula visited the orphanage this morning to see the children and assess the needs,” she said. “At this time, the government is planning to move the children to private orphanages in San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa. We will be helping with transportation of aid to the children at the private homes until repairs can be made on the building.”
Contreras said Buckner will also be providing financial support to repair the building’s electrical and air conditioning system and is seeking donations to help their efforts.
To help Buckner provide assistance to Nueva Esperanza, please click here to make a donation – write “Nueva Esperanza” in the comment box. To make a donation by phone, please call 214-758-8000.
Buckner International has been providing humanitarian aid to Nueva Esperanza since beginning work in the city of San Pedro Sula in 2006. Buckner also sends mission teams regularly to work in the orphanage. Nueva Esperanza is a government-run orphanage and is not a Buckner program.
Buckner International is a global faith-based ministry that seeks to make life better for orphans, vulnerable children and families. To learn more, visit www.buckner.org.