As President of Osman Hope I have the opportunity to help those that I am passionate about, the children of Honduras. I went to Honduras as a Missionary in 2003 to serve the children. While there, the Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Honduras asked me to provide leadership for a project to either build an orphanage or a day shelter. We decided to build a day shelter. It was finished in 2006 and today it is the third shelter for Osman Hope!
I was blessed by seeing the shelter operational in August 2007 thanks to Osman Hope. That shelter currently serves over 40 children. As President of the board of Osman Hope I seek to work, lead and encourage our talented board, volunteers and staff to take Osman Hope to higher levels of service. There are many children in Honduras that need a place to feel safe, to be fed physically and spiritually and to be encouraged to obtain an education. The future of Honduras depends on these children. They need our help. Therefore, I am committed to help Osman Hope provide to many, many children in Honduras.
While volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Honduras I was made aware of the plight of Street Children there. These are the children who are left to fend for themselves during the day while a single parent works. This led to my co-founding of Osman Hope. I would have never thought that my Business Degrees and years of manufacturing automobile parts would lead me to overseeing the development of over 200 children. I am very thankful that God placed me on this path.
After a career as a chemist, I retired early, and was drawn to helping Haitians, as refugees in Roanoke and in Haiti. I did a lot of interpreting and translation (French and Creole), On hearing about Osman Hope and its great work, I switched to Honduras and Spanish and have thoroughly enjoyed my 6 trips to Honduras and my association with outstanding people all over the US on the Board. Visiting our 4 shelters and getting mobbed by the children there is an unforgettable experience. My scholarship recipient, Arturo, has now graduated. We are really making a difference for those children.
I am retired from the Bank of New York Mellon after more than 30 years in the investment management business. I have always been active in my home church and some of my most rewarding times have been short-term mission trips and church ministries serving the needy in the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. My wife & I have been sponsors of Osman Hope for many years and have maintained a pen pal relationship with a young lady who graduated in 2015 from Colegio. I have always had a special place in my heart for the young among us and I look forward to the opportunity to help make a difference for those children in Honduras who face so many life challenges.
I became interested in helping Honduras many years ago, when I learned of a new missionary from the Episcopalian diocese named Margarita Grachen and her work in Honduras to bring childcare to the very poor. She had adopted two children from China, and we had one child from China, so we felt an affinity with her and her work. We tried to support her as she built the Amiguitos de Jesus shelter, and transitioned to working with Osman Hope.
The more I heard about Osman Hope, the more it seemed to be just my kind of charity. I know that I cannot help “everyone” and it is frustrating to donate to a big charity and feel that my donation barely registers. So I immediately loved that fact that at Osman Hope there are real kids who need a meal, who can get a meal due to our support. Actual real kids, not a “typical child” used as a photo op as part of a huge fundraising machine.