Updates from the One Child Matters team, partners, and supporters.


A Day Through Any’s Eyes

Cristhian

Hi friends! My name is Any, and I’d like to show you what my day looks like! I am ten years old, and some of my favorite ways to play are with my dolls and my toy dishes. When I am not playing, I am either helping my mother pick up the garbage around our house or going to school. I love school, and one day I want to be a teacher.


Cristhian

This is my mother standing outside of our house. I live there with her and my sister. My sister helps to take care of me – she is 21 years old.


Cristhian

One of my chores is to help my mother clean up around our house. This is what the outside of our house looks like, so we have a lot to keep clean. I have to help her every single day.


Cristhian

I also have to clean in the bathroom, which is where this door leads. So stinky!


Cristhian

This is my uncle, Lalo, and his dog, Canela, outside the entrance to my house. Canela was run over by car and has a broken foot. My uncle lives next door so I see him often.


Cristhian

I took this photo from the street that crosses near my house. My house is a little ways down the path.


Cristhian

My uncle lives right next door to us, and this is him sitting outside his front door. He helps my mom and me a lot because he is so close by.


Cristhian

Some of my favorite things are plants and flowers. This is my garden that I work hard to take care of and help things grow.


Cristhian

My mom taught me to read the Bible when I was young. Now, I read it every day and we go to church every week. I also am able to learn about the Bible and Jesus when I go to the Child Development Center. My favorite book is Genesis.


Cristhian

This is me praying. I pray often; I ask that God protects my family and me, heals all the sick people, and I always thank Him for our food.


Cristhian

Here are two of my nieces! One is 12 months old and the other is 8 months old. They are the daughters of my older sister that lives with us.


Cristhian

This is my best friend, Katherine. We go to school together and are both in the 5th grade. We spend lots of time together and play games.


Cristhian

My other niece was in a science fair. I decided to take a picture of her and her classmates when I was at the fair looking at her projects. I really enjoyed the fair, and am excited to be part of one someday.


Any was so cute and sweet with us when she sat down to share her pictures. We know already that she is going to make a great teacher one day! Thanks for sharing, Any!

A Day Through Cristhian’s Eyes

Cristhian

Hello, everyone – I’m Cristhian, and I am 14 years old! I live with my mom and many siblings in Honduras, and I love playing soccer with my friends, listening to music, and helping my mom with washing the dishes. One day I would like to be a chef so that I can make exotic dishes. Welcome to a day in my ilfe!


Cristhian

My brother and I attend the activities at the Center together. This is one of the games we play with the other children in my age group.


Cristhian

This is the Child Development Center. I have been coming here twice a week since I was 8 years old. When I’m here we do our homework, make new friends, have devotional time, and overall just have lots of fun.


Cristhian

Meet Saul! He is my cousin, and he lives with me, my mom, and my 3 brothers. We are the same age, so we do everything together. He is my best friend!


Cristhian

This is my selfie when I was standing in my living room. I took this photo because I love soccer and I am wearing the shirt of my favorite team – Brazil.


Cristhian

When I am home, I like to help my mom with the chores around the house. All of us usually take turns helping, and today was my day. My mom took the photos of me helping her cook and cleaning the kitchen.


Cristhian

One of my favorite lessons to learn in school is how to build different things. This is one of the projects I made…it’s a little bench! I’ve done several other projects as well, and I am grateful to learn this!


Cristhian

This is the front of my house where I live. My cousin is standing there too, but I didn’t know he was going to be in the photo! Ha Ha!


Cristhian

It takes me about 30 minutes to walk to school every day. Because of the walk through town, I have to wash my school uniform every day to keep without dust and dirt all over it. I’m currently in the 9th grade, and my hope is to go to university and study engineering.


Cristhian

This is my school where I have attended for 3 years. My favorite class to go to is called Technology, which is the class where I learned to make the bench.


Thank you for sharing your day with us, Cristhian! You are an incredibly talented, smart, and caring boy who will continue to grow into a strong leader!

A Day Through Jefry’s Eyes

Jefry

Hello! My name is Jefry and I am 16 years old! Some things to know about me are that I really like school – my favorite subject is Spanish – and that one day I want to become an engineer so that I help my community build good buildings. I also love reading my Bible and playing soccer with my friends. Here are a few pictures from my day!


Jefry

I took this photo when we were about to play games at the Child Development Center. We always have lots of fun playing games together – this game we run around the bottles and do relay races. The three kids in the photo are three of my group mates.


Jefry

Three times a week I go to my old elementary school where I teach a kid how to read. His name is Kevin and he is six years old. I do this because I am part of a foundation that supports my studies, and one of the requirements is that I help other children.


Jefry

One of my favorite pastimes is listening to music. My favorite genre is Rock music, and I listen to it almost every day when I’m in my room.


Jefry

This is my breakfast of champions! I believe that breakfast is very important, and this meal is one of my favorites. It has refried beans, tortillas, and ham.


Jefry

This is my uncle outside the front of my house. I live there with my mom, brother, sister, and grandfather. My grandfather is sick, so my uncles comes and helps with things around the house. Today he was fixing one of the lights.


Jefry

I have three dogs, and this is my youngest dog, Alvin. He can be very defensive, but he is also playful. We are playing outside on the walkway in front of my house.


Jefry

I walk this street every day – it is the road to the Child Development Center and also to my school.


Jefry

Here is my Child Development Center (with the cook standing in the doorway)! I go there every Tuesday and Thursday, and I have been going since the first grade, or about eight years. I like going because I have lots of friends there, and we also get to learn about God.


Thanks for sharing your day with us, Jefry! We know that God is using you strongly in your community, and you will continue to do great things!

A Day Through Nazareth’s Eyes

Nazareth

Hello, my name is Nazareth! I am 14 years old, and I live with my mother and father in mud home that is close to many shops and the river. Please be praying that my father finds employment, and that God would strengthen my mother as she works all day to provide for us. I am so thankful I can attend the center and learn so many things! My favorite class is science, and one day I want to be a doctor so I can help the sick people in my community. Here is what a day looks like through my eyes:


Nazareth

This is Jerry, my favorite cat in the whole world! My brother and I have taken care of him for 6 years. My favorite thing about Jerry is that he always snuggles me when I’m sad. But he can be very naughty and will knock things off the table.


Nazareth

This is the park in front of my school. It is special to me because this is where I go when I am sad or when I am mad. I sit here when I need some time to be by myself, especially when I don’t do well on an exam.


Nazareth

I also like to go to the other side of the park. This side is where I play with my friends – we can sit and talk or run around and have fun. So one part of the park is where I go when I’m sad, and the other side is where I go to have fun.


Nazareth

These girls are my absolute best friends! We are all in the same grade, and we’ve been friends since we were little, maybe like 8 years now. You can also see my other best friend in the back left of the photo. She ran away because she didn’t want her picture taken!


Nazareth

I used to love to play basketball. I played on the basketball team at my previous school – we would play on this basketball court, and we would even go to tournaments. Since I switched schools there are no opportunities for me to play, but whenever I see this court I have some really nice memories.


Nazareth

My family and I live on the side of a mountain, and this is the view when you step out my front door. My home is about a 30 minute walk from my school, but I think this is so pretty to see when I leave my house every morning.


Nazareth

One of my favorite things is flowers. These are some flowers outside of my school, and I think they are so pretty. And my classmate didn’t want her photo taken – ha ha!


Nazareth

This is the sidewalk in front of my school, where I go every day to either attend school or pick up my little brother. I also like to come and visit my teachers just to say hi.


Nazareth

We like to play lots of games at the Child Development Center, and I love that my cousin comes with me. In this photo, we are playing a running game on these courts that are just down the street from the Center.


Nazareth

This is my age group at the Child Development Center. All of us have been attending the Center together since we were three years old! A couple other kids have left, but most of us are still together. There’s only one other person in this group that goes to the same school as me, and everyone else goes to different schools.


While most of us probably first notice the low resolution in the photos or some of the crummy conditions, Nazareth sees beauty in flowers, joy in her activities, and blessing in her friends. And what we love most is her vulnerability and openness to sharing some of her special places with us. Thanks, Nazareth! You are a bright light!

A Day Through My Eyes

Not many of us can truly understand the realities of living in poverty, but it is even more difficult to remember what the world looks like through the eyes of a child. As we mature, learn, and grow into adults, our perception of the world begins to change and we lose the child-like innocence and wonder.

Our team decided to conduct experiment with a few of the children in our Honduras programs – What does poverty look like through the eyes of a child? We gave eight children cameras for one day and asked them to take pictures throughout their day. We wanted to see what was important to them, their special places to play, and the community of people that surround them. At the end of the day, we had each child describe their photo and tell us what it means to them.

What did we find from this experiment? Most of these pictures portray some devastating conditions. But these children took pictures because they see beauty. They see hope. They have joyful memories. They have fellowship. And most humbling, they are thankful! They do not see their world as we do; they see it the only way they know how – as their home.

Over the next few weeks we will be sharing these photos with you, and we pray that each photo and caption from these children will minister to your heart as they have ministered to ours. We invite you to step into these children’s stories and see the world through their eyes.