Every year, lay people associated with the Daughters of Jesus of Three Rivers in Canada, used to have a potluck meal in support of a project in Honduras. Once the pandemic took hold, the meal could no longer take place. They nevertheless rallied to the cause.
Once again, the people in the area were just waiting to express their generosity and the groups of Associates in the Mauricie region, especially the one in Saint-Stanislas, proceeded to collect donations totalling more than three thousand Canadian dollars. This sum was entirely given to the Daughters of Jesus for their missions abroad, mainly for the maintenance of the House of Hope in Honduras.
Birth of the “House of Hope” project
« “The House of Hope” (Hogar de la Esperanza) was founded on December 12, 1992, on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadeloupe, patroness of Latin America. This project was conceived by Father Guy Plante, at that time parish priest of the Cathedral of Choluteca, Honduras. He called on Thérèse Normand fj and some lay people to realize this project. It was a question of welcoming the homeless, as well as the people who came from the mountains on their way to the hospital.
This mission still continues, but it has grown with the arrival of many immigrants on their way to the United States. The project also welcomes people mutilated after having fallen off the border trains between Mexico and the United States. Having lost either an arm or a leg or both legs, make their way to Choluteca to be equipped with a prosthesis adapted to their needs.
Le ““The House of Hope” has been a miracle that has lasted for 30 years, surviving thanks to the generosity of kind-hearted people like the Associates of Three Rivers, Canada.” » Sr Thérèse Normand
For these destitute people, this little help is like a breath of spring air that allows them to dare to believe in the intervention of Divine Providence.
Generosity has no borders
We give heart-felt thanks to all these generous donors who responded to the call with: “ Present! ”. In doing so, you brought hope to these disadvantaged populations during this period of austerity that we are going through. Well done!
Thank you also to all the Associates for following suit for this fifteenth year, thus allowing us to keep our Olympic flame of potluck meal alive.
Wind in the sails for next year!
Mr. Jean-Paul Rousseau, Associate fj
Three Rivers, Canada