If you ask me to describe what one word describes Our Little Roses I would say: Transformation. I have seen how, over the past 31 years, girls have been given love and care, fed and educated allowing them to know that they are loved by God and the people involved with Our Little Roses. Our girls began their own transformations through hard work availing them- selves to the many opportunities given them.
Let me tell you about Francis who came to OLR with her two older sisters. When Francis arrived, she was a shy 2-year old girl willing to work hard who today is the coordinator of our Home in San Pedro Sula. This achievement came through Francis’ own hard work and dedication; she attended our bi- lingual Holy Family School, graduated and then received her undergraduate degree at the university. She was hired to teach at Holy Family Bilingual School and at the same time continued her education, quickly earning a Master’s Degree in School Psychology. Transformation!
Francis is not an isolated case; other OLR girls have become engineers, lawyers, dentists, social workers, teachers, business-women and homemakers.
I invite you to join us in making it possible for many more Honduran girls to reach their goals, achieve personal success and become transformed.
Bishop Leopold Frade
Chair, Our Little Roses Foreign Mission Society
How exciting it is to be writing a message to you in this, our very first annual report! I’m amazed that it’s been just 2 years since I joined the OLRFMS team. It has been a very exhilarating, humbling, and inspiring time for me.
2017 flew by as I spent time getting to know you! Whether on the phone, connecting through emails, or coffee dates – my goal was to learn what you love about this ministry. The mantra was – “How did you first come to know about Our Little Roses?”. I must admit, I was overwhelmed by the depth of your love for the girls and for the years of your commitment – 5, 10, 20, even 30 years!
2018 was a time for celebrating what Diana created in 1988; our theme became “honoring our past, looking toward the future”. We celebrated with another first, our 30th Anniversary Gala! It was an amazing evening full of music, laughter, friends, and family. We were able to celebrate all that you, partnered with Diana and her team in Honduras, have accomplished. We celebrated the foundation created to respond to what was missing in our girl’s lives; good food, clean water, health care, education, and love, while looking forward to what the next 30 years will bring.
With the future in mind we have worked tirelessly on a comp-lete website redesign, the E-newsletter, and sponsorship program so that we may better focus on informing you of the cutting-edge work Diana and her team are doing at OLR, including programs such as “Mi Rincon” (My Corner), our special education program, the R.E.S.T. Program, our after- school ESL program, and much more.
I’m honored to work on behalf of you, our valued supporters who have the long-term vision to partner with us in our mutual goal to help our girls thrive, relieved of the tremendous burden of poverty and guided by love.
Cheers to 30 more years!
Executive Director, Our Little Roses Foreign Mission Society
“In 1988, a mere handful of “Little Roses” were part of a dream; today more than 170 girls have been rescued and are now helping to transform Honduras, generation by generation.” – Dr. Diana Frade
23 girls participate in the English as a Second Language Program
23 OLR girls are enrolled in HFBS with 100% tuition sponsored; 90% of all HFBS students receive some assistance ranging from 10%-100%
99% of OLR girls graduate High School versus the *25-65%* Honduran National Average
26% of OLR girls have graduated from Vocational/
20% have graduated from college/university, compared to the 10%Honduran National Average
“Each girl is given the richest inheritance anyone can receive, an education that will equip her for life” – Dr. Diana Frade
A majority of the medical and dental needs of the home are covered through OLRM’s Medical Clinic and Dr. Jensy’s Dental Practice
2,004 Total patients seen at Clinica Sagrada Familia
86% of OLR alum live and work in the local community
Of the 225 total students enrolled at HFBS, 23 girls from Our Little Roses attend, while 202 students come from the local community
Mission Teams increase local revenue by approximately $70,000 while in country
“Our Little Roses never closes the book of the story of our girls until the last chapter is read because we can not imagine the seeds that have been planted when they leave the Home”
-Dr. Diana Frade