Montaña de Luz was begun as a hospice for children with HIV/AIDS in Honduras whose parents had died or had become too ill to care for them. Located an hour and half to the East of Tegucigalpa on top of a mountain overlooking a valley of small towns and sugar cane fields the mountain of light is a refuge for children who desperately need the specialized care, nurturance, healing and love provided to them in this refuge from a world where AIDS is stigmatizing. Founded in 2000 on an abandoned property, teams came from all over to complete the renovations. In 2001, the first three children arrived and over the years we have cared for over 65 children. In 2003, we transitioned from being a hospice to being a home thanks to the availability of anti-retroviral medications. Our purpose is to love and care for these vulnerable children, empower them with knowledge and resiliency to grow into productive members of the community, to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS while working to eliminate discrimination and prejudice of people living with HIV, to facilitate bridges of understanding and compassion while helping to form global citizens through our service team and Long Term Volunteer experiences and to facilitate meaningful opportunities for giving of both personal and financial resources.
The children we care for range in age from preschool to young adulthood. Children with HIV have special dietary, medical, educational and psychological needs. Many of the children came to us after experiencing extreme poverty, neglect and often time’s abuse. Your support of this life saving and transformative ministry is the difference between life and death for many of these children!