Hogar Nazareth, is a non-profit association in Honduras, which cares for newborns, children, and adolescents referred by the Directorate of Children, Adolescents and Family (DINAF) . Upon arrival at Hogar Nazareth, we become their home and their family.

 

We offer them love and protection and all the corresponding care, respecting and ensuring that their rights are fulfilled in a family environment, instilling in them a love for God and their neighbor.

What is Hogar Nazareth?

The Foundress

Carmen

In the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception located in the city of Comayagua, Honduras the Young Carmen Licet was in religious formation.

 

On July 25, 1988, a woman appeared at the convent door requesting protection for two girls: María Elena and Alba Luz, 8 or 10 years old orphans who accompanied her. The girls' mother, before she died, asked the woman who was her friend, to find a safe and stable place for her daughters. Because the charism of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate is evangelization and prayer, the girls could not be helped. Sister Carmen that week had the responsibility of attending the door of the convent. Seeing the sad faces of the two girls she said to the woman, "Give me your address, I will be
praying for the girls to find protection." and she said goodbye. Sister Carmen went to the chapel to pray for the girls. At this moment in prayer she felt a strong call from God. Sister Carmen spoke with the superior, expressing the sadness that was tormenting her for the sad faces of the girls were engraved in her mind. Carmen said to her superior, "The girls need me more than the congregation, and I want to help them."

 

At her request, they sent her to the main convent to speak with the Mother Vicar. She expressed this same sentiment to help the girls and at the same time asked for permission to leave the congregation. After much insistence Carmen managed to receive permission; she immediately went in search of the lady who had the girls.

 

With complete trust in God, confirmed that same night in prayer through the scripture verse Isaiah 55: 1, Carmen began to found a home for orphaned children, which was at first called Hogar Jesús de Nazareth; with the help of God and of her friends from the Parish to which she belonged, the humble beginning had started. Shortly after, it was legally organized for its operation, as "Association Hogar Nazareth"...

 

All you who are thirsty, come to the water!

You who have no money, come, buy grain and eat;

Come, buy grain without money, wine and milk without cost!

                                                                             Isaiah 55:1

Yesterday and today...

After 25 days of having left the convent, Carmen already had 17 children under her care and a new name, "Mami Carmen". It was very clear to her that God was guiding her because he was always providing ...

 

Today AHN has 3 locations and cares for 160 boys and girls, special needs children and adults, and at-risk young mothers.

The children who come to our home have suffered from a variety of difficulties. Honduras is a developing country, and when there is poverty the risk of abuse, neglect, and young pregnant mothers tends to be in high numbers.

Hogar Nazareth has been a Home, a refuge, a place of healing and redemption for the children and all involved.

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