“The generous man will be prosperous.
And he who waters will himself be watered.”
Prior to starting HTHF we were involved in helping the poor through a group of Franciscan Sisters and Franciscan Friars that are located and established in Matagalpa. Both of these two congregations wholeheartedly dedicate their lives to serve the impoverished in their communities.
We experienced some bittersweet moments when we went to deliver what we have brought for the children. They welcome us with so much appreciation and gratitude. It was really unbelievable and very touchy. The sisters, the children and their mothers kept thanking us and blessing us, again and again and again. It felt somehow awkward to see these poor and humble children who lack so much and need so much shouting: “Thank you and God bless you.” We live here in the United States and have so much to be thankful for, but sadly, sometimes we take things for granted.
The things we take for granted, someone else is praying for.
Somehow, it gave me the impression that the children were not only thankful for what they received on that day. But, I believe that it made them happy to see a group of strangers bringing them toys and visiting them from the United States. Their gratitude seemed to express a more profound or deeper feeling. It definitely looked as though, it was important for them to know that there are people out there, who do care about their situation and who are willing to do something to help them out. For the most part, these children and their families are very poor and live in despair. They do not have someone to turn for help, other than the Franciscan Sisters.
Join us in our effort to bring love and hope to these families who live in anguish and distress due to their deplorable economic condition.
Please help us to help! We want to continue helping everyone in need of support. We can’t do this without generous people willing to make a contribution. HTHF relies on benevolent hearts interested in doing something to help the most vulnerable in these communities.
Our last stop in Matagalpa was at the city garbage dump. We went there to deliver clothes and some goody bags we had prepared for the children. The scene there was extremely heart breaking and eye opening to us. There was a huge, smelly and dirty area covered by a mountain of trash. Human beings were surrounded by dogs and vultures while digging through the trash. Men, women and children go there every single day to find something to eat, some item they can use or some article that can be recycled, so they can sell it, make some money and buy food.
I could honestly say, that this was, the most heart breaking and saddest experience I have ever witnessed in my life. My sister’s heart and my heart were deeply touched in a very profound and significant way. I felt that, what we were doing for this people was not enough. I realized that what we have been doing for the last few years was completely insignificant. These human beings who had the misfortune to be born and raised under those terrible and deplorable circumstances need much, much more than what we were able to offer them.
I understood that, we were limited by our own resources and there was only so much we were able to do by our own means. Then, I realized the urgency to open a non-profit organization with the sole purpose to help more people living under such extreme levels of poverty, and to be able to support other causes as well. This is the story behind of how HTHF was born.
“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.”