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Entry Date: 2006-05-30 11:54:37
Subject: re: re: APUFRAM

APUFRAM gave us plenty of ideas on how to get along without IHNFA. As a matter of fact, they said that they refuse most all IHNFA child placements. The reason? If IHNFA is trying to place a child, it's because the child is ill-behaved and other centers do not want them. That does sound a bit cold, this I understand. APUFRAM is trying to make the best use of its resources. In other words, they want to reach and equip as many children as possible. If you must devote the attention of your house parents to a few troublemakers, you cannot help the children that want a better life. As for the single mothers;  they are given a home for them and their children if they meet a few requirements: 1) They must not be currently pregnant. 2) They must have at least three children (four is average in Honduras). 3) They must not have had relation with their former spouses in two years (to avoid a husband disrupting their lives and their neighbors). 4) They must be recommended by their local church leaders for the program. Once there, the mothers must always be involved in one of three things: 1) Fervent Prayer 2) Community Work (cooking in the bakery, cooking in the community kitchen) 3) Learning (learning to read, learning a trade such as baking or sewing) We learned a lot of other things while there. Most of all we realized that the Lord's call on our lives is just as unique as everyone else's. We like what APUFRAM is doing and it is closer to what we hope to do. Their main contributors are the Franciscans in the USA as well as the Catholic Church.

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