Fatima House is a school for girls near Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The school is a residential type, operated by Carmelite sisters and offers an education for girls at high risk for exploitation. The girls come from villages where they would have no opportunity to receive an education and could end up on the streets should they look for employment.
Our Lady of Fatima Parish decided in 2001 to assist the sisters in opening the school and raised the funds to purchase a closed Ray-O-Vac factory on 40 acres of land and renovate it to provide a safe environment for the young girls that would come to live and learn at Fatima House. Since its opening in 2003 the Parish has contributed to the day to day operations of the school and has sponsored the costs to provide for many children.
Father Norman MacPhee, pastor at Our Lady of Fatima, when the project started has traveled with other parishioners every year or so to visit the school and see how it is developing. The first group of young girls arrived in 2003 and are now young teens in high school and looking at a promising future. During our visit in May 2014 we were greeted by our 50 girls who are enjoying their education thanks to so many generous donors. The sisters have included children from a neighboring community in their school. This opens the door to new financial support, from tuition, and gives the Fatima House girls more interaction with children their own age. The school now has over 150 students up to grade 9 and the girls then go to the high school in the city to complete their education. It is always a delight to be there among the children and see their faces and feel their joy.
In response to the need the sisters build homes for homeless families and in 2010 they expanded their outreach to a 100 home plan to give families a hand up. A number of generous families in Our Lady of Fatima Parish have sponsored homes to assist in this community project. The sisters have overcome many infrastructure hurdles and are currently at the stage of laying the pipes for sewage drainage. The land is tiered, and compacted pads are in place for home construction. We would hope to see families moving into completed homes within the year. It has been a challenge to work within the governmental control but tenacity and prayer have prevailed and the sisters can see construction close at hand.
There are many ways to support Fatima House and Homes;
- sponsoring a child at $40/month or $480.00/year
- donations as a gift to others- cards are available at the church office
- in memoriam cards are available at the local funeral homes
- sponsoring a home at $1300.00
donations are always accepted and are tax deductible.
Committee members for 2014: Wanda Fedora, Colleen MacLean, Mary Aucoin, Anne Frances Gillis and Cleo WIndsor
Photos from the trip in spring 2014.