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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 Niños 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.

RVCC Nursing students in Claremont NH and HCI employees in Wilder VT raised $558 for a clothes dryer

The raffle held last Wednesday, February 17th concluded and successfully raised $558 towards a dryer for the children's home. Our goal of $800 is not met, yet! Plans are underway to ask for RVCC Student Senate match and close the gap.
Congratulations to Zenaida B. for winning a dinner for two.

Esperanza-Hope for the Children, Inc donates a barrel of school supplies, clothes and toilettries

Tom and Emily Collins founders of the non-profit of Esperanza-Hope for the Children located in Massachusetts have kindly donated and shipped a barrel of school supplies, clothes, tooth brushes and toothpaste to Good Samaritan Children's Home in Honduras.
Emily and Tom are active fund raisers and participants in the improvements and well being of the village of Flores located in Honduras. They work closely with Pilgrim Congregational, UCC to raise funds which cover expenses associated with water projects and medical brigades assisting the impoverished in that area. Their lives are devoted to improving conditions in Honduras and travel down on a recurring basis.

Fundraising Event in New Jersey

Krystin and Jacquie held a fundraiser in NJ from November 28th-December 31st 2009. We called it our "Thanksgiving Fundraiser" and invited our friends and family to assist us in collecting for the kids. We were able to collect over $2100.00 in donations in less then 4 weeks for the orphanage. A great way to close out 2009. Thank you to all who donated in our fundraiser and a very HAPPY 2010!!!

River Valley Community College Nursing students in Claremont NH to raise funds for a clothes dryer

First and second year students at River Valley Community College in Claremont NH gathered together to raise sufficient funds to buy a dryer for the Good Samaritan Orphanage.

Normally, clothes at the orphanage are dried under the sun, during rain season however, the clothes do not dry properly causing wear of damp clothes leading to an increased risk of illness to an already vulnerable group of children.

Nursing students at River Valley spearheaded a raffle of dinner for two at a local Upper Valley restaurant to collect funds for the purchase of a new dryer. Dinner for two will be raffled in February 2010.

Students at River Valley Community College: thanks for your generosity!