Reopening the Casa de Esperanza

$6,670 of $22,000 goal

Raised by 97 people in 28 months
Sometimes, as a reporter, I meet truly amazing people. They are so extraordinary, I want to go out of my way to help them. On a recent reporting trip to Honduras, I met evangelical Pastor Daniel Pacheco. Danny, who I wrote about in my NYT piece, is constantly risking his life in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the world to reduce gang violence. He turned a house taken over by gangs--a Casa Loca where people were raped, tortured, and murdered--into a Casa de Esperanza, a House of Hope to teach children values, to give them a place to play, give them an alternative to the gang life.

Six months ago, that house  was sold by its owner and Pastor Danny had to vacate. Pastor Danny is poor. He sells horchata on the streets to fund his anti-gang work. We could buy the house for him for $22,000. I'll kick in the first $500. I know this sounds like a lot, but if each of you kicks in $20, or whatever you can, Pastor Danny can re-open his House of Hope.
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More than 70 generous souls helped me raise nearly $5,000 for a pastor who is laboring--and risking his life at times--to bring peace in what has been the most dangerous neighborhood in Honduras. He and others are reducing homicides there--and helping to cut in half the number of children who feel forced to flee for the U.S.
SO MUCH GOOD has already come of donations. The Pastor fixed up a dangerously dilapidated pick-up he used to transport children to anti-violence programs, like soccer games and outdoor movie screenings; now it has working brakes! The Pastor, who works part time as a carpenter, bought a used Toyota Corolla to help him roam the city and get furniture contracts so he can hire unemployed youth—easy pickings for gangs--in the neighborhood. He told the teens: “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop!” He used the last of the funds already raised to buy more woodworking tools. Yesterday, he hired four youth and put them to work making wooden closets so they can earn an honest living. The pastor took the attached video.
Now, Pastor Danny has two more dreams. He needs $1000 in carpentry tools to put a dozen more youngsters to work. And, he wants to take over an abandoned house that was abandoned by a fearful resident and stripped by gangs and turn it into an outreach center for neighborhood children. Restoring a roof, doors, windows, and electrical wires to the house which the gang ransacked costs $2,000.
Can you give? Please share the request with friends so Pastor Danny can continue doing his extraordinary work? It will help ensure other children don’t have to make the horrific journey I wrote about in my book Enrique’s Journey.
Here’s more about Pastor Pacheco in my recent NYT piece and a photo of the car we all bought!
Pastor hires youth in anti-violence work
Abandoned House Into Outreach Center?
What Your Money Bought!
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A big warm thank you to everyone who has helped fund Pastor Daniel Pacheco's tireless, brave work to reduce violence in what has been the most deadly neighborhood in Honduras. That way, fewer children feel forced to do the deadly journey to the U.S.! So far more than $4000 has been raised. We need $22,000 for Pastor Pacheco to buy the House of Hope where he used to do gang violence prevention programs for kids. We may still get there -- I have heard from a few people who say they will be able to give in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I am going to send the amount raised so far to the Pastor through a bank wire. Go Fund Me cannot send money [it's the amount raised minus 7.9% Go Fund Me keeps to host the fundraising campaign] to other countries, so I must do so. In the interest of complete transparency, I will put a photo of that wire transfer on this site in the coming days. If we don't get to the goal, Pastor Pacheco has told me he desperately needs a pick up truck to transport kids to soccer games and for his other work with children. His current truck is a 27 year old Datsun that only has one functioning brake. He jokes that when that brake isn't working well, he sticks his foot outside the car door and stops it "like the Flintstones." He plans to use the money for a functioning pick up, and send us all a photo or video soon. Also, Pastor Pacheco dined last night at the home of the U.S. Ambassador to Honduras. I am hopeful that the U.S. and Honduran governments will offer him support going forward. Bless you for giving and helping him and helping Honduras' children!
The New York Times story with the Pastor
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Danny Pacheco's Casa de Esperanza (House of Hope).
Danny Pacheco's Casa de Esperanza
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Raised by 97 people in 28 months
Created August 1, 2016
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Carol Selassie
1 month ago

Children need a choice, a path away from violence.

Jill Smith
17 months ago

Your work inspires me and my own work with immigrant students from Honduras and El Salvador. Thank you!

Marc Faillettaz
21 months ago

Thank you for your excellent work!

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