A Cause Worth Supporting!

Dear Friends and Family,

Dwight and I are writing to tell you about an orphanage we support in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and to ask for your financial donation.

"Hogar de NiƱos Buen Samaritano" (Good Samaritan Children's Home) is a home for children with severe handicaps such as muscular dystrophy, hydrocephalus, mental retardation, and cerebral palsy. Parents unable to care for their handicapped children as well as hospitals with abandoned handicapped children engage the orphanage for care. Being handicapped is a requisite to adoption into the home, where eleven nuns care for seventy boys and girls ranging in ages one through 24. The majority of these children are wheelchair-bound or spend their days in bed.

The nuns bathe, feed and care for the children, creating a wonderfully warm and friendly environment. The children share their time helping one another as able: chatting, listening to music and doing crafts. They are tickled with delight at the sight of a visitor and call out for conversation and smiles.

Dwight and I walked into the orphanage four years ago and after a two hour visit found ourselves committed to assisting in any way we could. We have returned three times since and continue to be moved by the perseverance and faith that keeps this home alive in body and spirit.
Sister Carmen runs a very efficient operation. The children are adopted for life and are encouraged to help themselves as much as possible in their daily routines. An example is Josue who, without use his arms, has learned to use his feet for activities, including feeding himself and washing before his meal.

Sister Maria del Carmen Huezo Superiora founded the children's home in 1989 after seeing children in the streets who needed care and a home. She started the mission in a small home with about five children in a neighborhood of San Pedro Sula. The home was "faith based," as there were no funds but a strong belief in this mission. Through prayer, creating awareness and asking for help, she was able to expand and find a larger location into which 65 more children were adopted. As Sister Carmen states: "If we needed a stove, we prayed and within days a restaurant owner called and asked if we wanted their used one. God has been on our side. Just as we are come to our last bag of rice, someone arrives at our doorstep with a donation. Our home is blessed with loving children who support and help one another -- those who have use of their hands feed those who do not."

Sister Carmen has the support of five senior nuns who help lead by specializing in areas of interest such as nursing, physical therapy, and fundraising. The nuns learn and specialize in their respective areas of care and share their knowledge with the others. They all pull together in cooking, laundry, bathing and caring for the children.

The orphanage is adding a new building to house more children as well as 25 elderly women who wander the streets without shelter. The walls and roof are complete. Next up are doors, windows, bathroom and kitchen fixtures. Sister Carmen is in need of $10,000 to buy and install these items. Would you help with a contribution so that more orphaned handicapped children can be adopted?

Please mail your tax free donation to:

Friends of Good Samaritan Orphanage
13 Lombardy Drive
Wilmington, DE 19803

Thank you and all the best!

Gayle and Dwight Aspinwall

PS: Friends of Good Samaritan Orphanage is a non-profit 501(c)(3) United States corporation. Donations are tax-deductible per law. All donations are placed under direct management by Sister Carmen. Please visit the website at http://www.friendsofgoodsamaritan.org.