A visit from El Hogar

Director shares news with supporters and friends

The Cincinnati Friends of El Hogar recently invited the Rev. Matt Engleby, Executive Director of El Hogar Projects in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to visit Cincinnati. Engleby shared the history of El Hogar, along with recent updates, with various groups of parishioners.

Engleby preached at Christ Church Cathedral and held an informational session about El Hogar – an orphanage and school for the poorest children in Honduras. He also attended an evening potluck at Ascension and Holy Trinity in Wyoming.

Two thank you dinners provided one-on-one opportunities to visit with existing supporters. They heard the news of the children personally sponsored, along with progress updates on the four sites.

A gala fundraiser for El Hogar at Christ Church Cathedral raised over $8,000 for ministry at the Honduran orphanage and school. Photo provided by Jeri Spurlock.

A gala fundraiser for El Hogar at Christ Church Cathedral raised over $8,000 for ministry at the Honduran orphanage and school.
Photo provided by Jeri Spurlock.

The week’s visit culminated with a gala fundraiser at the Cathedral. A dinner, bucket raffle, silent auction and speakers were featured, raising over $8,000. A lovely video narrated by students and graduates of El Hogar was shown. The message of each person in the video was the same “….I don’t know where I would have been without the love and support of El Hogar…..” From elementary student to successfully employed family man, each shared their personal success stories. (The video can be viewed below)

Engleby closed the evening’s events with personal stories of how the children have touched his own and so many lives in the US and Canada; and what we can do to continue support for these very special children.

If you are interested in helping a child at El Hogar, no effort is too small. There are many opportunities from service teams visiting the various sites to monetary contributions. More information can be found by visiting the El Hogar website at www.elhogar.org or locally contacting Paul Rank at paulrank1@mac.com.

El Hogar at Work in Honduras from Richard Reycraft on Vimeo.