NICARAGUAN CHILDREN ARE HOST ONLY
It is important for all host families to know that the Nicaragua hosting program is entirely separate from adoption. We are not an adoption agency and cannot hold a child for a particular family. The adoption process in Nicaragua is challenging, and the children available for hosting are not presently available for adoption. However, if a family decides to pursue adoption, they must choose the adoption agency they wish to work with. FH is not involved in the adoption process. When you are hosting from Nicaragua for the first time, it is best to do it for the experience alone. Many of these kids have little hope for a future and little guidance to get them there. Their lives are filled with struggle, loneliness and no real family unit to depend on. Host families have the chance to give a child a real summer or Christmas vacation for the first time in their life. It’s an opportunity for a child to see what a real family is like and give them life goal to work towards. We do not work solely with Nicaraguan orphanages for the hosting program. The children are often selected from local poor communities. In many cases, the children from these communities are not any better off than an orphan child, and in some cases, their conditions are worse. Our primary goal is to develop an awareness of the poverty in Nicaragua; to create a bond between the child and a US or Canadian family so they can help improve the quality of the child’s life. The program not only helps the hosted child. Part of the funding from the hosting program goes to projects that benefit all the children we work with; the program helps provide for the basic needs ( food, clothing, medical and educational needs) of many more children than those who directly participate in the program. After hosting, families often want to help other kids. From the hosting experience, we develop mission trip teams or obtain funding for self-sufficiency projects (which teach children job skills they can use to support themselves later in life). Imagine the power to change the life of one child, to provide a new environment so they can grow, dream and work for a better life and in turn change other people’s lives on the way. Please consider the potential you have to change a child’s life when you choose to host from Nicaragua.
Abigail is quiet and shy, but she likes to socialize. She is in 1st grade and her favorite subject is Spanish Grammar Class, When she grows up she would like to be a model. In her free time, she likes to ride a bicycle, play with her dolls, and spend time with her friends.
Allison is in 5th grade and her favorite subject is English because she likes how it sounds. She is a very shy girl but she likes to make new friends. When she grows up she would like to have her own hair salon to do women’s hair and make them feel more beautiful. Also, she would like to study to be a veterinarian because she loves animals and she wants to take care of them! She likes to do her dolls hair, and loves singing English songs even though she doesn’t know what she is singing,
Denzel is in 2nd grade, his favorite subject is Mathematics and he would like to become a police officer or fireman when he grows up. He is extroverted and makes a lot of friends, he likes to socialize. His favorite sports are soccer and basketball, he also likes to play video games, and Watch TV. He lives with his dad because his mom passed away when he was 4 years old.
Jensy is a very outgoing, spontaneous, and charismatic girl, She may be shy at first but once she feels comfortable she will open up She is in 8th grade, and her favorite subject is English because when she grows up, she would like to be a translator. She loves to play soccer, listen to music as well as sing. Her favorite food is chicken and pizza. She has a 7-year-old sister Milagro.
Milagro is very shy at first but once she feels comfortable with someone she is very funny and extroverted. Her favorite subject is Spanish Grammar Class, and she would like to become a Police officer when she grows up. She likes to watch TV, play with her dolls and sing. Her favorite food is chicken with French fries and pizza! She will eat nothing but French fries if you let her. She has a 14-year-old sister Jensy.
Jensy is a typical teenager, she loves dancing and playing on the computer. She has no fear at the amusement park and will go on any roller coaster. She is well behaved and obedient but may need to be told to take a break from social media once and a while. Milagro is incredibly easy. She is not like a typical 7 year old who whines if she doesnt get her way. I’ve only seen her cry twice since I have known her. She is active and loves to get tossed in the pool or play hide and seek. She also has no fear and would go on any ride at the amusement park if she were tall enough.
Gary is a serious, hard-working boy of 13 who has studied at the program since 2012. He lives in a two-room dirt-floor home with his mother and six other family members, including his little brother and sister. Despite their poverty, this family shares a lot of love. Even though Garys mother is a single mother who works when she can, it is clear that she prioritizes her children above all else, which already gives Gary a big advantage. Gary is super smart and is in our most advanced English class. He would like to continue on to University and we believe that with continued academic support this could be a very real possibility. Garys favorite food, he tells us, is everything. His favorite activities are playing soccer, participating in dance club and music classes, and going on field trips with Casa de los Sueños
Jose Luis is a sweet, loving boy who has been part of the program since 2012. One of our more advanced English students, Jose Luis lives with his bed-- ridden diabetic mother, step--brother, sister, and occasionally step--father in a one--room dirt--floor shack made of loose boards. His home lacks a proper door and windows. He likes to come to the program to learn English, to play with his classmates, and because he believes he needs to study to have a better life. A naturally shy boy, he has surprising confidence when speaking English. Joses favorite food is chicken, and his favorite activities are going on field trips with our program, especially the annual beach trip. He absolutely adores his English teacher and the food at Casa de los Sueños. He dreams one day of visiting the United States. The values most important to him are listening and respect.
Julian came to Casa de los Sueños malnourished and with no schooling. He was an extremely quiet boy of 7, self-reliant by necessity, and closed off due to early childhood emotional trauma. Since he started studying at Casa de los Sueños, he has learned to read syllables and is on track to learn how to read fluently. He has also started to come out of his shell. Julian was taken away from his mother due to neglect two years ago and now lives with his grandmother and seven other people in a three room dirt-floor home. He does not have a lot of support at home. However, with program support, food aid and monitoring, we believe that Julian can really succeed. Julians favorite thing to eat is oranges and he likes to play soccer and ride bikes for fun. He dreams of one day owning a machine that will wash his clothes for him.
Keyla is a quiet, sweet, loving girl who has attended our program since 2012. She lives in a two-room dirt-floor board shack with her older brother, mother, and step-father. Her mother works out of the home doing piece work and her father has a full-time minimum-wage job as a carpenter. Keyla studies English and in class is always attentive and well-behaved. Her favorite thing about our program is her English teacher, whom she adores. She also likes to play on the playground with her friends, and she says that she comes to the program because she wants to study to have a better life. Keylas favorite food is hamburgers. A soft-spoken girl, she comes out of her shell when playing baseballs during our Sports Club and dancing during Dance Club, frequently winning dance competitions!
Luis is a fun loving boy who has studied at the program since 2012. He lives in a two-room dirt-floor home with his mother and six other family members, including his older brother and little sister. Despite their poverty, this family shares a lot of love. Even though Luiss mother is a single mother who works when she can, it is clear that she prioritizes her children above all else, which in turn has made Luis a happy, well-adjusted boy. Gary is an intelligent boy and studies in our most advanced English class. Luiss favorite food is chicken. His favorite activities are playing baseball, soccer, and going on field trips with Casa de los Sueños. Casa
Pablo is extremely intelligent, one of the brightest children at Casa de los Sueños. At 10 years old, he picks everything up quickly, and has an academic personality. Pedro dropped out of school when he was in 1st grade and lived with his mother, who neglected him. He has since been taken away from his mother to live with his grandmother, and is now re-enrolled in school. Pablo lives in a three room dirt floor home with seven other people. He has street smarts and massive potential. With support, food aid and monitoring, we believe that Pablo can really succeed. Pablos favorite things to do are puzzles and bike riding. Pedros favorite food is cake and his favorite thing to do at Casa de los Sueños is play soccer in sports club. He dreams of one day having his own bike.