When you have guests in your home, where do they tend to congregate? We wouldn’t be surprised if you said the kitchen.
Kitchens have a magnetic pull and become the central gathering place in many homes. It’s not just the irresistible smells that waft from that room that draw people in, but the warm hub of community where people come and go daily to find comfort, sustenance and relationship.
It’s where life happens.
It won’t surprise you then that kitchens are incredibly important to Compassion centres around the world. Though it may not be the hub of a child’s personal home, a kitchen represents a home-away-from-home to the kids who attend the Compassion centre.
Imagine the delight of the children as the delicious smell of their meal starts filling the Compassion centre as they approach the lunch hour. Volunteer cooks chatter together as they prepare what, for some children, may be the most food they will have during that week.
The kids peek in for a glimpse of what’s to come.
It’s essential to the holistic development of children. Practically speaking, the Compassion centre kitchen provides a nourishing meal to children, which is more important than ever amidst the global food crisis.
Hungry bellies are filled. But more than that, the kitchen is a part of the ethos of a Compassion centre because it represents comfort, life and relationship to the children we serve.
It is a tangible expression of God’s love in the lives of children and the community.
That’s why this year’s Gifts of Compassion gift guide includes the opportunity to help provide a new community kitchen and classrooms to two Compassion centres in Honduras.
You can make an impact in the kitchen.
The capacity to provide food to all the children attending a Compassion centre is vital. It provides ongoing support, connection and essential care for families and children in a community.
Today, Honduras remains one of the lowest-income countries in Latin America. Back-to-back years of drought have made food insecurity even worse for families living in poverty, on top of rising food costs.
As a result, 23 per cent of all children under five years old are stunted in Honduras (USAID). Stunting is a dangerous state for the development of a child. It’s the debilitated growth and development children experience from poor nutrition as well as repeated infection and poor psychosocial stimulation.
But with your support, we can change this reality. And it starts in the kitchen.
The gift of New Classrooms and Community Kitchen in Honduras has an impact that’s two-fold. It not only provides much-needed food and nutrition for children living in poverty, but also a place to learn, grow, discover and feel at home!
A local Compassion centre is a safe haven for children living in poverty. With hundreds of kids participating in programming each week, it’s vital that Compassion centre facilities are updated and equipped. This way, they can adequately meet the needs of centre staff and the children and youth they serve.
One Compassion centre in Honduras has identified the need for new classrooms, while another needs a kitchen in order to continue serving the kids in their community. Your gift helps to construct these essential facilities that will become beacons of hope.
From the direct and indispensable benefit of providing food to hungry children in a community facing the full impact of the global food crisis, to the social-emotional benefit of providing a secure space for children to receive comfort, life and relationship, the gift of New Classrooms and Community Kitchen in Honduras will have a massive impact in this community, tangibly sharing the love of Jesus.