Most individuals living in the destitute area sleep on dirt floors and in piles to keep warm. “The new home will have a floor made of wood too,” said Gabriel.
The founding of the school that Gabriel hopes to send the children to is called Amor, Fe y Esperanza (AFE), came from the inspired idea of a another young child much like himself. In 2001, Pastor Jeony Ordonez had been working with ‘street’ children in Tegucigalpa and went to the Dump to throw away his garbage with his five-year old daughter, Chris. The little girl saw children close to her age rummaging through the garbage and told her father they needed to pray for the children.
Unable to ignore the little’s girls wish to help the children, the Ordonez family, much like the Wiles family, decided to do what they could to do help. Pastor Jeony and his wife began holding classes for the children. At first, only a small group came but that number continued to grow.
In 2003, a small group of volunteer teachers moved 50 students from the Dump to a nearby field equipped with a tree for shade. A home-school curriculum was taught to the students when the weather would allow.
Finally in 2004, AFE was officially founded and in 2006 American mission teams built the first classroom on the field. Three two-story buildings now make up the school that teaches children from preschool until 11th grade, the last grade children in Honduras attend.
Those wishing to learn more about the H4H can visit www.h4hrun.org or find them on Facebook or Twitter. Online registration for the race will begin in January. Gabriel is also posting training tidbits on Facebook and Twitter to help people prepare for the event.