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Connect Global Visit to DINAF in La Ceiba Honduras

Connect Global Visit to DINAF in La Ceiba Honduras

We have been visiting and renovating space next to DINAF one project at a time and supporting their efforts to create a safe, clean, and properly equipped school for the children. 

Dirección Nacional de la Niñez y la Familia (DINAF)  a community organization charged with the enforcement of the protection of children, adolescents, and families has a regional office and primary school here in La Ceiba. Our teams have been partnering with DINAf since January 2015, when The Mendoza Family moved to Honduras. We have seen many changes both in leadership and in the care the kids receive here. We have also seen the city make changes to the name and admin of this kindergarten. 

The Kids here are amazing to spend time with.

Our team praying with the staff

Our team praying with the staff

Each time we have a team in La Ceiba we will try to visit this school and bring some joy with us. This time we brightened up their cafeteria by painting and had fun playing, swinging, and blowing bubbles. 

A motivated and committed staff are keys to success

The Staff we met are all very motivated to make this the best location possible for the children and families they serve. On each visit, there have improvements. The Smiles on the kids are proof that their teachers and admin staff here are taking pride in the work they are accomplishing.

We also brought a microwave and several other components they have asked for to help the staff operate this school better. 

Their funding is low and inconsistent but they have done the very best with what they have. This makes us very happy to support their efforts here. 


Connect Global team members praying over the staff led by Briana Arbelaez of Go To Nations. 

Connect Global team members praying over the staff led by Briana Arbelaez of Go To Nations. 

Part of the Connect Global July Mission Team 

Part of the Connect Global July Mission Team 


Connect Global Visit to DINAF in La Ceiba Honduras

Connect Global Visit to DINAF in La Ceiba Honduras

We have been renovating the space at DINAF one project at a time and supporting their efforts to create a safe, clean , and properly equipped organization. 

Dirección Nacional de la Niñez y la Familia (DINAF)  a community organization charged with the enforcement of the protection of children, adolescents, and families has a regional office and primary school here in La Ceiba. Our teams have been partnering with DINAf since January, when The Mendoza Family moved to Honduras. 

The Kids at DINAF are amazing to see.

Our team was invited to share in the Celebration for Dia del Indio.

Our team was invited to share in the Celebration for Dia del Indio.

Everytime we walk into their classrooms they are hard at study but still greet us gleefully. These kids are from Nursery age to Kindergarten. They deserve to study in a clean environment without the worry of getting hurt and that is some of the reason we support this organization. 

A motivated and committed staff are keys to success

The Staff we have met are all very motivated to make this the best location possible for the children and families they serve. Every time Danielle and I have visited there has been something new or improved. Sometimes, the staff has even paid out of pocket for many of the things they severely need. 

Connect Global team members in one of the newly painted rooms. 

Connect Global team members in one of the newly painted rooms. 

Their funding is low and inconsistent but they have done the very best with what they have. This makes us very happy to support their efforts here. 

Our project Impact

During our July trip, our team delivered school supplies, and over a $1000 worth of food items to restock their empty pantry. We also had 6 ceiling fans installed, with new wiring for electrical in three classrooms. Our team repainted a classroom and several pieces of furniture for them as well. 

The current needs at DINAF

Saige Mendoza (Foreground) helps refinish a desk for the classrooms at DINAF in La Ceiba Honduras

Saige Mendoza (Foreground) helps refinish a desk for the classrooms at DINAF in La Ceiba Honduras

The Kids still need about three more long tables ($60/ea), three more ceiling fans ($75/each), two bathroom doors replaced ($100/ea) as well as more classroom supplies like posters, books, whiteboards, and shelves.  

They are also in need of long term volunteers to come and teach english and other subjects. 

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Connect Global at DINAF in La Ceiba Honduras

Connect Global at DINAF in La Ceiba Honduras

Connect Global Team at DINAF in La Ceiba

Connect Global April Team in front of DINAF in La Ceiba Honduras

Connect Global April Team in front of DINAF in La Ceiba Honduras

Connect Global has been introduced this year to Dirección Nacional de la Niñez y la Familia (DINAF)  a community organization charged with the enforcement of the protection of children, adolescents, and families. They are the front line of child abuse, adoption, fostering, and family counseling. The local branch in La Ceiba has a school with the capacity of 90 and serves between 30 and 40 families a month though free counseling, light medical treatment, groceries, and daycare for working parents. 

The school currently has around 30 students, and between 5 and 10 preschoolers. 

Javier Mendoza, Mayor Carlos Aguilar, Director of Dinaf Rosa, and Travis Moffitt. 

Javier Mendoza, Mayor Carlos Aguilar, Director of Dinaf Rosa, and Travis Moffitt. 

Rosa, the director, has been great contact and has been able to guide us as we jump in and help. 

The Bathrooms at DINAF were unsanitary, hazardous, and in need of consistent running water.

The Bathrooms at DINAF were unsanitary, hazardous, and in need of consistent running water.

In March we began the renovation of two bathrooms that were in very bad shape. The water was not running, the pipes were strewn across the room, and open drains caused not only a danger to little feet, but an overall health hazard to all. 

We also noticed that the kids area was in need of new dining tables for the cafeteria, a new medical table for their nurses station, and several pieces of school furniture needed refurbishing. 

The Connect Global team that arrived in April, was able to jump right into the renovations, and made a huge difference to the place. Sanders, Paint brushes and Mr Clean in Hand, the team made light work of the children's furniture, bathrooms, and medical area. 

Our team, and network of churches, individuals and local businesses made several monetary and physical donations including Medical Supplies, School Supplies, a new Medical Exam Table, and NEW School lunch tables made by a local craftsman and business owner, Oscar Canales. 

I am so proud of the team and their efforts. I am also grateful for the several local and international partners that came together to make the start of this partnership a success. Special Thanks to: Open Arms Church, Revival Temple, Joshua Nations, Oscar Canales, JIlma Molinero, CCI Church La Ceiba, Life Community Church, Dr. Oviedo, Smart Copy Honduras, and Luis and Juana. 

The team was joined on one of the work days, by the Lady Lee Foundation of Honduras, and the Mayor of the City of La Ceiba, Carlos Aguilar, to complete the donations and gifts. 

 

"[DINAF is] a new paradigm of child protection consisting of a decentralized governance with the participation of churches and NGOs engaged in the care of children" - Creación de DINAF para atender a la niñez y adolescencia -