Since the ministry was founded in 1988 in a small rented house with 26 girls, OLR has become an oasis of hope and opportunities. Right now there are 73 girls living in two buildings. 63 girls under the age of 18 are in the main house—a real home that provides them love, medical care, education, spiritual support and a healthy diet. The other 10 stay in more independent housing known as the university transition program. Other services housed within the OLR walled campus include a medical and dental clinic and a bilingual school.
“While living in Honduras, I once visited a home for boys that left a very big impression on me about how a child’s life could be changed when someone took the interest to help them. I then began to notice that there were girls on the streets as well as boys,” says Diana Frade, founder of OLR.
THE POWER OF EDUCATION IN WOMEN’S LIVES Frade started to investigate what was happening to the girls who were being abandoned and abused. As there were no homes for girls, those who had absolutely no place to go were taken to the women’s penitentiary in order to get them off the streets. Frade, whose husband Leo had been a bishop in Honduras for 17 years, decided that someone needed to take the situation on and challenge the church and the community to do something about it. “Twenty-five years later we now have a home that transforms lives, communities and a nation to the fact that the girl child is definitely God’s equal creation and worthy of all of the benefits that life has to offer, especially in leadership roles where women excel in making a difference,” she says.
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To this day there is no other institution in Honduras dedicated to building lives, preparing and equipping once homeless girls to enter and support them in the middle class society. “This is important because uneducated girls with no skills have little to no opportunities to escape poverty level circumstances,” Frade emphasizes. Today, one of the OLR “graduates” is an engineer, another is a dentist, and yet another runs a beauty parlor.