Montaña de Luz began 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, nurturing, healing and love provided to them by our committed staff, caregivers, and foster families. Founded in 2000 on an abandoned property, teams came from all over to complete the renovations. In 2001, the first three children arrived at Montaña de Luz, and from then until 2018, we 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 kids were able to run, play, and go to school like any other child, and we began preparing them for adulthood.
Care has improved even further since then, and in 2018, we announced our ambitious goal to become the leading family-based, coordinated care provider for children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Honduras. We believe that HIV/AIDS should not be a barrier to a child’s right to a family. Montaña de Luz is committed to making a family life possible for each child we serve. Each child, and each family, are different. We provide home visiting family support, foster care, and clinic-based services, with the goal of “meeting families where they are” to keep them together despite HIV/AIDS.
The children we care for range in age from preschool to young adulthood. They come from a wide range of family situations. 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– and these barriers are what we work daily to overcome. Your support of this life saving and transformative ministry allows these children to have a chance at a happy, healthy life despite HIV/AIDS.