Every January, we welcome new students who will begin 5 years of free, quality education. In Honduras, on January 9, we welcomed 177 new girls at our Girlstown, in Tegucigalpa. Under the care and guidance of the Sisters of Mary, our children learn how the Girlstown functions, and what their schedule will look like.
The young girls who have just arrived come from all different provinces within Honduras. They have travelled long and far for a better future, often carrying just a plastic bag with a few belongings to remind them of home.
Soon they will also enjoy three meals a day - and access to the basic necessities they may have never had in their young lives. Most will need to learn how to use a flushing toilet, a shower, and how to brush their teeth properly.
School officially began on January 11 for these first year students. Find out more about our Tegucigalpa facilities here.
Bottom, from left to right: new students embrace classroom learning; our girls enjoy a healthy meal with their Sister-Mother; students study English in our language learning lab to build their future job skills.
The new teachers who were hired to begin this school year also underwent orientation on January 10.