Marier Flores, who now lives in Manchester, grew up in poverty in Honduras.
“I lacked food, I lacked everything, I experienced abuse,” Flores said.
Now she wants to turn her negative experience into force helping those who struggle.
Flores has launched Love without Limits, a nonprofit providing food for children living in poverty in Honduras.
“It was my dream for many years,” Flores said.
Visiting Honduras several years ago reminded Flores of her own hardships as a child, and she decided to take action.
“After that trip, I came back with this dream,” Flores said.
She shared her idea with Isela Mcdaniel, and the two women launched the initiative together.
Though providing resources for children residing more than 1,000 miles away would be hard, it would not be impossible.
“I challenged Isela with this ambition,” Flores said. “At the beginning, it was a big mountain because we are living here in U.S. We had a lot of questions and doubt about the way we were going to accomplish this. But it was something that was warming our hearts, and we couldn’t stop.”
Flores and Mcdaniel registered Love without Limits as a nonprofit in 2016.
“Then, I realized we need more people,” Flores said.
Since then, the group of supporters has grown.
“In 2016, we established the ministry here in Manchester,” Flores said. “I made a trip to Honduras, and I realized it would be a big challenge, but we didn’t feel intimidated by that. Our ambition is to be like a network for Honduras, and we want to invite anyone who is interested to be a partner.”
Launching the initiative required time, funds and effort, said Flores.
“We didn’t have help – there were no resources,” Flores said. “Then, I got all my friends and they started providing financial help and they are still doing it. But we realized it wasn’t enough, and we need more support – not only financial support, but we want people to engage and help us.”
Last year, Paula Rosales joined the board of Love without Limits.
Currently a Manchester resident, Rosales grew up in Mexico.
“I am so happy to be here in this institution to help feed children in need,” Rosales said.
Poverty affects many places and millions of children, said Rosales.
“We can make a difference,” Rosales said. “We need to work. We need to unify forces and work together. We need the people around us to help us to support this program because children have a lot of needs – medical, for eating, for clothes, for shoes, for houses.”
Knowing children lack basic necessities “breaks my heart,” said Rosales.
“It reminds me of my own life when I was a child – I had no shoes, I had no clothes,” Rosales said. “When I was a child, my dream was to have a pair of shoes. When I was in kindergarten, in a small town in Mexico, they (brought) us shoes and food, and that made me happy. I never forgot the place I grew up.”
Helping children in need today brings joy to Rosales.
“We can help someone in need – it doesn’t matter what place, what nation – we need to love and share that love and share the love for all the world.”
‘We just want to help’
Both Rosales and Flores are also involved in programs supporting the Manchester community.
“We just want to help,” Flores said. “We are Hispanic people, we know our community, and we want to be a blessing for our community. Paula and I work for the community here – Paula works for the school system, and I work for Head Start.”
Head Start is a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services providing comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition and parent involvement services to low-income children and families.
Support Love without Limits
Love without Limits collects money, clothes, shoes and school supplies for children in Honduras.
“We want these children to have a good meal because we know, for most of them, this is the only good meal they are going to have,” Flores said. “It’s an opportunity for people to help us reach more people in Honduras.
“In 2018, we were able to build a church there. We also recently helped build the restaurant for the children.”
For more information about the program and to find out how to support the initiative, contact Flores at 931-607-9642 or email email@example.com.