Educating girls is one of the fastest and most effective ways of promoting economic development and is the key to ending poverty and injustice towards women.
When girls are given equal access to quality education and are supported to reach their potential, they can literally change the world.
Having access to basic schooling has a significant impact on a girl’s earning potential, allowing her to escape the cycle of poverty. An educated female population increases a country’s productivity and fuels economic growth. Some countries lose more than $1 billion a year by failing to educate girls to the same level as boys.Donate Today
Holy Family Bilingual School had very humble beginnings.
It was started by OLR when our founder Diana Frade realized that there were many young girls whose education could be maximized in a bilingual school. However, it was too expensive to send them all to a private school…” so we started our own”. HFBS originally operated unofficially as a nursery school using volunteers during the summer months. Soon thereafter HFBS received the required credentials to add elementary grade levels and operate as a school.
It did not take Diana long to recognize a need and a responsibility to become actively engaged in the San Pedro Sula community and make the school available to the local children. Holy Family Bilingual School is now an integral part of the community and offers a superior bilingual education for grades pre-K through 11th. We recently added a Day Care Center in response to the communities request. It is available to the children in the community and Our Little Roses girls who have the ability to succeed with the rigorous curriculum. Currently, there are 259 co-ed students from the community and 22 girls from Our Little Roses enrolled. HFBS graduated its first senior class in June 2013.
HFBS is reaching new academic milestones with the addition of Kirsten Axell Matsumoto, our English Studies Coordinator. Kirsten brings expertise in many areas including Positive Discipline and Trauma Informed Care. The school is currently under the direction of Principal, Carlos Duarte.Donate Today
Our Little Roses is committed to providing each girl with the educational opportunities best suited for her personal needs. Upon arrival, the girl is assessed and placed in the program that will benefit her. Some of our girls attend Holy Family Bilingual School (HFBS) located on the OLR campus. HFBS has a very rigorous bilingual curriculum for students in Pre-first through 11th grade (the Honduras school system ends at 11th grade).
Many of our girls are better suited for other schools that are not bilingual like HFBS but still provide an excellent education. The girls who attend a school that do not offer a bilingual education are enrolled in an alternative program or school like Madre Maria Luisa – a Catholic private school with a lovely campus not far from our Home.
The Ethlyn & Frank Byrd English as a Second Language Program is our in-house ESL program run by one of Holy Family Bilingual Schools’ certified teachers. The program teaches English through play and is having amazing success. Started by a mission team from St. James Episcopal Church in Hendersonville, NC, the ESL Program continues to evolve and is now named for two of St. James’ late members and avid supporters of OLR, Ethlyn and Frank Byrd. If you would like to help support this important program Click here!Educational Statistics
Over the last 30 years we have witnessed many of our girls reach their goals by graduating from high school and for some, attaining a higher education. Here are just a few of the careers they have chosenDonate Today
The Center for Cultural Identity is an integral part of how we educate the girls. The Center’s focus is to make available a wide range of extra-curricular activities for the girls so their lives are well rounded. We are very excited with one of our newest programs designed to expose the rich history and sites of Honduras.Donate Today