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Florida Charity Opens Honduras School for Visually Impaired Kids

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(Courtesy Food For The Poor)

By    |   Tuesday, 15 August 2017 01:32 PM

Two decades ago, Hurricane Mitch leveled a primary school for blind and visually impaired kids in Tegucigalpa, Honduras — leaving 140 needy kids with no option but to attend classes in cramped, temporary quarters.

But this summer, the Florida-based charity Food For The Poor completed work on a new facility — the Infracnovi Center for the Visually Impaired — with an assist from a New York donor who provided the funds for the project.

The Infracnovi Center, which opened last month, is the 100th school built by Food For The Poor donors and CEPUDO, which oversees the charity’s projects in Honduras, and much of the distribution of goods sent by the international relief and development organization to that country.

The school was relocated after the 1998 hurricane, but the temporary quarters were too small to accommodate all of its services. Access was also challenging for children who use wheelchairs, with the nearest bus stop six blocks away.

The new Infracnovi Center is more centrally located on land donated by the municipal government and not only serves as a school for kindergartners but also a community training center.

New York businessman Bobby Taglich, who owns an investment firm with his brother, stepped up to provide funding for the project after hearing about the children’s struggles.

“The facilities were very dilapidated. If you had a child in need in this country, you wouldn’t want to send your kid there,” said Taglich, a longtime supporter of Food For The Poor. “The pictures were very moving, seeing these kids in need.

“It’s hard for me to live the way I live and see people who are less fortunate, living in slums or who are starving or not having access to education.”

Angel Aloma, executive director of Food For The Poor, said the school’s inauguration — which was attended by Honduras’ First Lady Ana García de Hernández — was an emotional event for the children, families, and members of the community.

“As beautiful as the building was, what stole my heart very early on was seeing the children there,” Aloma said. “The kids and adults were all dressed up for the occasion. They sang, danced rock ’n’ roll, played musical instruments and made beautiful speeches. It made me realize that God does not limit us; we limit ourselves.”

The Franciscan Institute for the Education of the Blind (Infracnovi) is a private nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by the Franciscan Priest Fray Nery Aguirre.

Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, helps feed millions of the hungry poor primarily in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America.

The interdenominational Christian ministry also provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training, and development assistance.

More than 95 percent of all Food For The Poor donations go directly to programs that help the poor.

For more information, visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.

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