School Supplies Aren’t Just Good to Have…They’re Essential

Gladys Jiménez is a third grade teacher at our campus in Tegucigalpa.
Gladys Jiménez is a third grade teacher at our campus in Tegucigalpa.

My wife is a teacher and I think she’s the best – no impartiality here. I’m sure each teacher’s spouse, significant other, family members, or friends feel the same way, and we each have a lot to be proud of. Teachers work tireless hours to ensure that their students get the fundamentals they need to finish the year ready to move forward toward success in school and life. Teachers are also a very creative group of people who find amazing ways to use everyday items to get their lessons across to students.

I recently came home to a pile of boxes in our dining room. My first thought was that we were preparing to open some kind of home-based business, but my wife informed me that all of those boxes were going to be used to create a bear cave for her students. It’s a creative use of ordinary items for her classroom, but there have also been times when she has had to take steps to provide the essentials for her students.

Most school districts in the United States are unable to provide some of the supplies needed by students in classrooms, which leaves teachers to often purchase those items with their own money. We’ve had moments when my wife has walked into a store and purchased hats, gloves, and scarves for each child in her classroom because their families didn’t have those items for winter. She has also purchased unknown numbers of pencils, crayons, notebooks, and other items that are essential for students to get the most out of school. That’s in the United States, but imagine what it’s like in Honduras.

Virginia Maradiaga teaches first grade students at our Tegucigalpa campus.
Virginia Maradiaga teaches first grade students at our Tegucigalpa campus.

In a country where many students often don’t even have the ability to regularly attend school, the students at El Hogar have a wonderful opportunity. They have teachers who truly care for them and who work hard to teach them everything they can to ensure they have chances to succeed in life. And just like students in the United States, El Hogar’s students need supplies to get the most out of their education.

Though they receive school supplies thanks to the generosity of our donors and supporters, there is always a need for more help. That’s where our Academic Essentials program comes in.

For as low as $25 per month, Academic Essentials offers people of any age or income level the opportunity to help us purchase needed supplies for our four campuses. These supplies range from textbooks to animal feed, computers to teacher salaries. For the price of one meal out, you can ensure that our students – children who come from some of the most impoverished and dangerous circumstances in Honduras – are getting the most out of their education.

A solid education offers the best opportunity for our students to break the cycle of poverty within their families and to make their hopes and dreams reality. With your support for Academic Essentials, our amazing teachers can ensure that their students get the best education we can provide.

For information about Academic Essentials, please click on the link below or contact the El Hogar offices via email at or by phone at 781-729-7600.


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