Transforming and empowering the girl child of Honduras

Our Little Roses Foreign Mission Society, Inc.

P.O. Box 530947

Miami Shores, FL 33153-0947

Telephone: 305.401.0378

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Our Story

The seeds for what became Our Little Roses were planted in 1986 when Diana visited El Hogar, a boys’ home in Teguciagalpa founded in 1979 by an Episcopal priest, his wife and a few friends.  Abused, abandoned and orphaned boys were living in a loving home, being fed, clothed and educated. The goal:  Break the cycle of poverty in a country, the poorest in the Americas, where two out of every three people lived in abject poverty, without access to three of the five conditions necessary to sustain life:  adequate housing, potable water, nutritional diet, access to medicine and medical care, education.

The visit had a profound impact on Diana, and she began thinking about other possibilities. But one question drove her:  Who was doing this for the little girls of Honduras who are abused, abandoned or severely neglected if there are no homes for girls to protect them and love them?  The answer:  No one. Girls, she was told, were too complicated. They have hormones. They have babies. They can work in the factories for pennies a day. The reality:  They were sent to the women’s penitentiary so the inmates could care for them.

Yet, as Diana walked around the city, it wasn’t just boys living on the streets. Many of the children whom she thought were boys with their close-cropped hair and baggy clothes, were actually girls. She was taken aback. Their roof was a cardboard box; their food came from the kindness of strangers or worse, the city dump.

Diana reached out to friends, family and churches in the United States. She confided in the Honduran bishop at the time, the Rt. Rev. Leo Frade, who shared her passion for these forgotten children and with whom she would eventually share her life as husband and wife.  

On Jan. 25, 1988, Diana’s dream came to life and Ministerios Nuestras Pequeñas Rosas (Our Little Roses Ministries) was founded in San Pedro Sula as an NGO in Honduras.

In April 1988, Our Little Roses Ministries officially dedicated a three-bedroom rented home on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula and opened its doors to one girl. By the end of that year 23 girls called Our Little Roses “home.”

Today, Our Little Roses Ministries provides the opportunity for a childhood that all girls deserve – protection from harm; a safe, healthy and loving home; a chance to learn; the dream of a future, and a foundation in faith. Many girls who once had little or nothing have graduated not only from elementary school, but from high school, some from university and one from dental school.

Our Little Roses now offers a full-time residential home for more than 60 girls, a transitional program for girls 18 and over attending university or trade school and preparing to live independently, a bilingual school for the home and children from the community, medical and dental clinics for families who have no access to health care, a Spanish immersion program for visitors seeking to learn Spanish, and a retreat center in nearby Pueblo Nuevo.

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