Fox Files: St. Louisans helping children in Honduras

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ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – A charity based out of St. Charles, Missouri, is changing the cycle of hunger and illiteracy in a village in Honduras and Fox 2 traveled with them to see it first hand.

"Just Because We Care" clothes, feeds and educates children who live on the mountain outside San Pedro Sula in the northwest part of Honduras.  It is listed as one of the world’s most violent cities because of drug trafficking.

Mandy and photojournalist Dave Sharp stayed on the mountain for four days. It’s a place where families are fortunate if they eat one meal a day. A place where a TV set is a luxury and also where St. Louisans are making a significant improvement in many lives.

"Just Because" started 11 years ago when Diana Wamhoff visited Honduras on a mission trip.  She stumbled upon an elementary school where they needed a kitchen.

The school was told if they could build a kitchen, the government would provide food.  Diane built the kitchen, but the government didn't provide the food.

She and her husband Bob decided they would somehow provide one meal a day so the families would send their children to school.

Bob and Diane formed "Just Because We Care".  Their organization has built homes on the mountain, a school, soccer field, community center, provided books, and computers.

Their main goal is to feed the children.  They travel to the mountain several times a year.  This trip's goal was to distribute clothing donated by St. Louisans to the children at the elementary school.

While touring the government hospital, we learned 30 babies a day are born there.

Many of the mothers are teenagers.  Doctors explained that it’s very common for young women who live in the countryside to have babies at an early age.

Many of the sick children in the hospital have severe diarrhea because the water is unclean.

We also toured a nutrition center where dozens of children go each day to get food.  These are the children who live outside of the mountain area and don’t have any assistance of any kind.

The children are often dying of malnutrition because their families can't even afford beans and rice. The nutrition center teaches these women how to care for the babies and cook with the food that is available to them.

Just Because We Care will be hosting a 1-mile (Fun Walk/Run), 5K Run & 10K Run on March 29. If you would like to participate in the event you can run, walk or be a sponsor.

Find out more: streetpartyrun.com

If you would like to find out more about Just Because We Care, visit:

http://www.justbecausewecare.com/

Just Because We Care
c/o Wamhoff Financial Planning & Accounting
1520 S. Fifth Street, Suite 300
St. Charles, MO 63303

6 comments

  • Linda Roberts

    But you don’t care enough about our children in the USA…..OUR CHILDREN don’t have money on their BOOKS to pay for lunch and you take it from them and THROW IT IN THE TRASH…..THAT’S REALLY CARING….AIN’T IT?????

  • RONNIE LOVE

    HI MANDY MY NAME IS RONNIE LOVE. MY SON IS A NEW R&B ARTIST IN ST. LOIUIS HIS STAGE NAME IS PHARAON. IM HIS MANAGER. WE WAS LOOKING AT THE NEWS AND THIS STORY ABOUT THE CHILDREN IN HOUNDURAS. IT TOUCH OUR HEART. WE WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU AND THE SPONSORS. MAYBE WE CAN WRITE A SONG TO RAISE MONEY FOR THEM. MY NUMBER IS 3146577295. MY EMAIL IS rlove564@yahoo.com

  • Gin Mcelroy

    What about all the children here in St Louis that don’t have food and live in dangerous areas that have high crime rates, as they live in some of the most dangerous parts of America? It’s interesting that people don’t mind helping kids thousands of miles away, but are fine neglecting the children who are in their backyard. I do think those children need help, but so do the ones who live in North County and can’t even stand at a bus stop without being shot.

  • SERENA WEST

    HOW ABOUT HELPING OUR OWN CHILDREN??? I DON’T SEE OTHER COUNTRIES BENDING OVER BACKWARDS TO DO ANYTHING FOR THE UNITED STATES (EXCEPT TERRORIZE US). WE NEED TO LEARN TO KEEP OUR EFFORTS CONFINED TO OUR OWN COUNTRY, AND LET EVERYONE ELSE WORK OUT THEIR OWN PROBLEMS.

  • Jeff Goodnow

    Having traveled to Timmy’s Mountain with “Just Because We Care” in December, for the first time, and again in January, I will say “Thank You” to Mandy and Dave for their report. It was spot-on! It was an honor and a privilege to serve these children.

    There will likely always be more need than help in both the US and abroad. I was reminded of the help available to us in the US this morning with a new story about a house that had caught fire overnight and the Red Cross jumped in to help. Goodwill, Salvation Army, various Churches, City Union Missions, Meals-on-Wheels, and Habitat for Humanity, etc. are all available for those who are in need in the United States. There is no such thing in Honduras.

    What was not reported was the only ambulance I saw at the hospital we visited had the front end missing completely, yet it was on its way to serve someone. In the US, most would laugh, ridicule, and probably sue if that beat up bus came to save them. In 2 trips, I have not seen or heard one child complain about their circumstances. They smile, are thankful, and feel blessed by God for the opportunities they have because of the great things this organization has been doing for 11 years.

    Since I have volunteered with most of the organizations listed above, I can say that I hope God provides the motivation in each person seeing these videos and pictures to help in a manner that is helpful for someone else. Serving others is a gift and a privilege and should not be constrained by man-made borders, governments, or personal opinions. Start serving in your neighborhood and then see where it goes: LIFE CHANGING!!

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