Sociedad Amigos de Los Niños (SAN), or “Society for The Friends of Children”, is one of the most known and respected private non-profit organizations in Honduras. Founded in 1966 by Sister Maria Rosa Leggol, Sociedad Amigos de Los Niños aims to help the children of Honduras by focusing on the orphaned and abandoned children and young people of the country. Sociedad Amigos de Los Niños works to provide clothing, shelter, food, education, training, medical services and psychological support for each and every child or teenager. The programs of SAN work to provide a safe and nurturing environment that provides the children the opportunity to live in dignity. Sociedad Amigos de Los Niños addresses their basic needs and creates opportunities for each child to acquire the necessary skills to enjoy a productive and meaningful life by assisting them in growing, achieving, and fulfilling their dreams.
"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. "
The Honduran Children’s Rescue Fund is a partner with Helping Hands for Honduras. This organization is based in Honduras but is also a U.S Tax-Exempt 501-(c) 3 corporation. The mission of Helping Hand for Honduras is to identify children with medical conditions that cannot be done in Honduras and arrange treatment. These are often babies born with heart defects, but many other conditions are detected. Initially, “Helping Hands” found pro bono treatment for these children at hospitals in the U.S. The Honduran Children’s Rescue Fund assisted in hosting the patient and parent during the surgical stay that averaged three weeks. While the results were excellent, this proved to be a very costly procedure and the displacement of the child and parent from their family and their normal environment proved difficult. This method is still used for exceptional cases but “Helping Hands” has been able to recruit surgical brigades consisting of pediatric heart surgeons and their teams to perform the more common procedures in Honduras.
Since Honduran hospitals usually lack the equipment and supplies for specialized surgery the brigade teams must bring everything with them. The Honduran Children’s Rescue Fund works with MedWish International, a Cleveland, OH based organization, that collects surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals in Northeast Ohio and makes them available to facilities in Emerging Countries. The only cost to the user for the needed items is freight. The U. S Government Denton Program allows humanitarian goods to be shipped on U.S. Air Force Cargo planes provided there is a qualified shipper and receiver. The Honduran Children’s Rescue Fund has obtained qualification status for MedWish and Helping Hands for Honduras to serve in these capacities. While the international freight is at no cost, the Honduran Children’s Rescue Fund pays local freight costs. Because of this program hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical equipment and supplies have been shipped to Honduras for use by the surgical brigades and many Honduran hospitals and clinics.
The Denton Program is administered through USAID (United States Agency for International Development) which allows for humanitarian organizations to utilize excess military cargo space for the shipment of life-saving supplies. HCRF is able to ship directly from the airbase in Youngstown, Ohio to Honduras.