The seeds for what became Our Little Roses were planted in 1986 when founder Diana Dillenberger Frade visited El Hogar, a boys’ home in Tegucigalpa. Abused, abandoned, and orphaned boys were living in a loving home, being fed, clothed, and educated. The goal: Break the cycle of poverty in a country, the poorest in the Americas, where the majority of people live in abject poverty, without access to three of the five conditions necessary to sustain life: adequate housing, potable water, nutritional diet, access to medicine, and medical care
Imagine Surviving With Only 2 or 3
All of the girls supported by Our Little Roses come from abject poverty.
But one question drove Diana: Who was doing this for the little girls of Honduras who are abused, abandoned, or severely neglected if there are no homes for girls to protect them and love them?
The answer: No one.
Girls, she was told, were too complicated. They have hormones. They have babies. They can work in the factories for pennies a day. The reality: They were sent to the women’s penitentiary so the inmates could care for them.
Yet, as Diana walked around the city, it wasn’t just boys living on the streets. Many of the children whom she thought were boys with their close-cropped hair and baggy clothes, were actually girls. She was taken aback. Their roof was a cardboard box; their food came from the kindness of strangers or worse, the city dump.
So Diana decided to do something about it. She reached out to friends, family, and churches in the United States. She confided in the Honduran bishop at the time, the Rt. Rev. Leo Frade, who shared her passion for these forgotten children and with whom she would eventually share her life as husband and wife.
Jan. 25, 1988
On this date, Diana’s dream came to life and Ministerios Nuestras Pequenas Rosas (Our Little Roses Ministries) was founded in San Pedro Sula in a small rented house
The first building which houses our residential girls was completed.
First transition house opens in honor of Ginger Buice who was hit and killed by a drunk driver just after her college graduation
Finished 1st and 2nd floors before being hit by Hurricane Mitch
2nd deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history. Helped spread awareness of the urgent need to assist Honduran citizens
We were able to provide a quality education for children in the community without discrimination or marginalization
In 2001 we constructed a 10 bedroom efficiency apartment building for girls entering the transition process
We built to satisfy the medical needs of the home, the community and all those who don’t have access to quality healthcare
One of the Our Little Roses alumni opened up her own dental clinic where she’s able to provide care to members and others in the local community
We opened our center that focuses on refreshing the soul through peace, relaxation, prayer and education.
We made significant construction renovations to our structures
A program designed to assist the girls and provide them the best opportunity to excel in their academic and career pursuits
In 2018, Our Little Roses is celebrating 30 years of service dedicated to helping the children of San Pedro Sula
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