Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
HAVE FAITH MY CHILD
Angel Damian: Angel lives in San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras; who according to the Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice (2015) tops the world in the 50 most violent cities, with a murder rate of 171.20, per 100,000 citizens overall, listing 1,317 homicides over the year.
He, his siblings and cousins work in the trash dump of the city, in the Ocotillo community. His mother left them in order to travel to Mexico looking for better opportunities and trying to give her children a better future. They currently live with their grandmother.
The very first time I visit the trash dump in San Pedro he came to me, asking me what we were doing. He was very cheerful and wasn’t working per se. He kindly gave me a tour of the dump; he told what he did every day, how he collected cardboard and plastic.
But that day he was searching for toys, he was very happy because he had found an instructions book of a Lego playset of Iron Man, he rushed and began to tell stories with his cousin about games they like to play with the toys he was seeing in the booklet.
He also found 8 “gemstones” in the middle of the trash. Without hesitation he gave me one, telling me to remember him and come back again.
When I left he followed the car waving goodbye. It was a good day. I could see the difference about blessing. How for so many people what is considered to be trash, for other ones becomes a joy. Our goal is to provide a new opportunity, new dreams and a new life for children like Angel who work every day in the trash dump of San Pedro Sula.
On December I visited the dump once again, hoping to see Angel and Michael again, so I bought two Marvel puzzles for them. It was 5 p.m and a lot of people had leaved the dump. We searched and asked until we find them. Angel’s face when he saw me once again was priceless. We ran and gave a big hug and told him I wanted to see him. That day they received their very first game ever. It’s not much but through the help of others our team will continue to take care of Angel Damian and his family and give him his childhood back.
Back in Managua City I found the very same Lego playset he wanted, he received it as a Christmas gift.
His smile was priceless.
Jeony A. Ordóñez
Source: Consejo Ciudadano para la Seguridad Pública y la Justicia Pena A.C. (2015). The 50 most violent cities in the world 2014. Recuperado a partir de http://www.seguridadjusticiaypaz.org.mx/