The home of Children's Rescue Mission is in Teupasenti Region located in southeastern Honduras, Central America. The beautiful, primitive and rural valley and surrounding mountains is home to 56,000 people living in 249 villages linked by unpaved roads.
Covering approximately 1,687 square miles, the Teupasenti region is a two-hour drive from the capital, Tegucigalpa, and not far from the Nicaraguan border.
There is no industry and there are very few jobs in the valley. Those lucky enough to own livestock share their quarters with chickens, pigs and burros while struggling to support themselves through substinence farming and sporadic construction labor or seasonal work at Teupasenti’s coffee plant.
Children’s Rescue Mission (CRM) was founded in 1998 in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch. The first mission trip was made in 1999 and funded by a private $5,000 donation to provide medical aid to the children. The mission initially occupied a borrowed room in a local Teupasenti residence and served 12 children. While CRM has grown over the years, it is just beginning to make a difference in the lives of the children and villagers of Teupasenti. CRM’s focus is on longer term objectives to develop sustainable infrastructure for jobs in industry and farming leading to sustainable self reliance through education, vocational training, water purification, sanitation and adequate health care.
Founder Miguel Giron, himself a Honduran immigrant from Teupasenti, manages CRM from its Norwalk, Connecticut headquarters with the assistance of a volunteer Board of
Directors. CRM is supported by short-term missionaries, various North American churches and volunteer organizations, and by the gifts and donations from individuals.
With these donations and the sweat-equity of the villagers and volunteer missionaries, CRM has constructed a Mission Home which accommodates up to 20 visiting missionaries and donors with a Mission Kitchen which provides jobs while supplementing food production for feeding the hungry villagers. The Mission Home and adjacent Church and Education Center serve as a beacon of hope for the community.
To date, CRM serves eight villages and barrios throughout the valley. Pavilions are being built to provide a place where children and families can meet, learn and have a meal. Pavilions have been completed in the villages of San Jose de Portrero and Rodeo, with several more planned and awaiting funding.
The goal of the Children’s Rescue Mission is to first offer relief, then education to help the villagers become self-reliant, and to empower them to have choices for their