The Eric D. Hovde and Steve D. Hovde Foundation (Hovde Foundation) just opened its tenth Hovde House in partnership with Legacy of Hope in Santa Rosa de Copán, Honduras this February.
Madison, WI – February 28, 2019 – Two remodeled buildings make up the new Hovde House in Santa Rosa de Copán, Honduras opening its doors to children coming from abandonment, family violence, and other dangerous situations.
“We are excited about the impact this project will have in Western Honduras. At the same time, we hope that this kind of support also opens doors to others to invest in Honduras to defend and restore hope to children and families in need,” says Nicole Bice, Hovde Foundation’s Executive Director.
This new Hovde House, which began its construction in late 2017, was possible thanks to our local partners in Honduras, Legacy of Hope Foundation. The two updated buildings forming the Hovde House are now being used by Legacy of Hope’s foster care and emergency shelter programs. Being the only resource of its kind in the area, they can now serve up to 40 children a day which doubles their housing capacity from previous years.
With an investment of over $300,000, the two buildings include 5 bedrooms for children, 1 bedroom for caregivers and babies, an administration room for Child Services, 2 family style living rooms, a new cistern to upgrade the current water storage capacity, an upgraded backyard with a playground, as well as 2 new activity rooms that will serve for sensory activities to help children heal from their trauma.
“Every child that is placed with us receives new clothes, hygiene products, personal items, and high-quality care that includes medical checkups, balanced meals, treatment plans, and interventions if necessary. Our number of children served increases each year and last year it was nearly doubled. God knew the growth we would experience, and the blessing of Hovde’s partnership was an answered prayer,” says Marianne Irwin-Spangler, Legacy of Hope’s In-Country Director.
“More children will now have a safe haven from injustice and violence that guarantees their well-being and happiness. This is a place they can call home until they are relocated to a safe environment with a loving family,” says Steve Hovde, Hovde Foundation’s Trustee.
About the Hovde Foundation
The Hovde Foundation was founded in 1998 to support two central missions: finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis and helping vulnerable children and families in the US, Latin America, and Africa. The focus of the Hovde Houses is to provide shelter, health, community development, and youth education to children in crisis. There are nine Hovde Houses in Mexico, Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, Malawi, Peru, Rwanda, Bolivia, and Wisconsin, USA and one new home in progress in Honduras. The Hovde Foundation with its Hovde Houses initiative serves over 500 children a year.
About Legacy of Hope Foundation
Legacy of Hope provides holistic care to orphans and abandoned children in Western Honduras. The organization operates several programs to address children’s needs including an emergency shelter for children who have been rescued from dangerous situations, a foster care home and placement agency for abandoned and at-risk children, and an elementary school for the children in their care. For information on all of Legacy of Hope’s programs, see www.legacyofhopefoundation.org