The Hovde Foundation Expands Its Impact To Honduras

The Eric D. Hovde and Steve D. Hovde Foundation (Hovde Foundation) just opened its tenth Hovde House in partnership with Legacy of Hope in Santa Rosa de Copán, Honduras this February.

Madison, WI – February 28, 2019 – Two remodeled buildings make up the new Hovde House in Santa Rosa de Copán, Honduras opening its doors to children coming from abandonment, family violence, and other dangerous situations.

“We are excited about the impact this project will have in Western Honduras. At the same time, we hope that this kind of support also opens doors to others to invest in Honduras to defend and restore hope to children and families in need,” says Nicole Bice, Hovde Foundation’s Executive Director.

This new Hovde House, which began its construction in late 2017, was possible thanks to our local partners in Honduras, Legacy of Hope Foundation. The two updated buildings forming the Hovde House are now being used by Legacy of Hope’s foster care and emergency shelter programs. Being the only resource of its kind in the area, they can now serve up to 40 children a day which doubles their housing capacity from previous years.

With an investment of over $300,000, the two buildings include 5 bedrooms for children, 1 bedroom for caregivers and babies, an administration room for Child Services, 2 family style living rooms, a new cistern to upgrade the current water storage capacity, an upgraded backyard with a playground, as well as 2 new activity rooms that will serve for sensory activities to help children heal from their trauma.

“Every child that is placed with us receives new clothes, hygiene products, personal items, and high-quality care that includes medical checkups, balanced meals, treatment plans, and interventions if necessary. Our number of children served increases each year and last year it was nearly doubled. God knew the growth we would experience, and the blessing of Hovde’s partnership was an answered prayer,” says Marianne Irwin-Spangler, Legacy of Hope’s In-Country Director.

“More children will now have a safe haven from injustice and violence that guarantees their well-being and happiness. This is a place they can call home until they are relocated to a safe environment with a loving family,” says Steve Hovde, Hovde Foundation’s Trustee.

About Legacy of Hope Foundation

Legacy of Hope provides holistic care to orphans and abandoned children in Western Honduras. The organization operates several programs to address children’s needs including an emergency shelter for children who have been rescued from dangerous situations, a foster care home and placement agency for abandoned and at-risk children, and an elementary school for the children in their care. For information on all of Legacy of Hope’s programs, see

The Hovde Foundation Opens a New Hovde House in La Paz, Bolivia

A Home for Girls and Teenagers Living in the Streets

Madison, WI – February 22, 2019 – In the area of Huajchilla, Bolivia, south of the city of La Paz, a new home named “Hovde House: Marta Bedoya de Claure” has opened its doors for thirty vulnerable girls and teenagers living in the streets.

The construction of this project was possible thanks to a partnership made in 2017 between the Hovde Foundation, Maestro Cares Foundation, Marta Bedoya de Claure Foundation, and the Bolivian partner ALALAY Foundation.

The “Hovde House: Marta Bedoya de Claure” aims to reach a greater number of children in situations of social risk and help them restore their fundamental rights. To this end ALALAY Foundation provides a holistic approach that includes shelter, balanced meals, education, technical skills, and healthcare to the girls that live in the house.

During the inauguration all four non-profit organizations were present as well as Bolivian Children Rights Institutions, friends and all the girls who will live at the house.

About Maestro Cares Foundation

Maestro Cares Foundation is a nonprofit headquartered in Chicago. The foundation aims to improve the quality of life of orphaned & disadvantaged children in Latin America & the United States. The Foundation does so by raising resources and collaborating with corporate and nonprofit partners to provide housing, educational programming and the essential resources to support their growth and development. Since the launch of its first home for orphaned boys in the Dominican Republic in 2014, the foundation has since opened three youth homes in Colombia, Mexico and Puerto Rico, two community centers; one in Guatemala and one in Colombia, and two foster homes in Bolivia, and funded an interactive program in Peru that provides educational tablets to over 300 children in Lima. All together the foundation has help to provide safe and healthy environments for over 400 orphaned and disadvantaged youth. This year, the foundation initiated new projects Cali, Colombia and San Salvador, El Salvador, Santiago de Chile, and Jalapa, Guatemala.


About the Marta Bedoya de Claure Foundation

The Marta Bedoya de Claure Foundation (MBDC Foundation) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2010 by Marcelo Claure. The main activity of the foundation is to provide donations and grants to other charitable organizations that support education, health and poverty alleviation. The foundation also has a focus on supporting children affected by cancer through its grant-giving activities.


About ALALAY Foundation

ALALAY was founded in 1990 in La Paz, Bolivia through the initiative of Claudia Gonzáles, the current Director of the foundation. It was conceived with the mission to recover boys, girls and teenagers who have taken to the streets as their home, constructing opportunities, encouraging restitution, and exercising and promoting their fundamental rights.

About the Hovde Foundation

The Hovde Foundation was founded in 1998 to support two central missions: finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis and helping vulnerable children and families in the US, Latin America, and Africa. The focus of the Hovde Homes is to provide shelter, health, community development, and youth education to children in crisis. There are ten Hovde Homes in Mexico, Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, Malawi, Peru, Rwanda, Bolivia, Honduras, and Wisconsin, USA and one new home in progress in Costa Rica. The Hovde Foundation with its Hovde Homes initiative serves over 500 children a year.

If you have any further questions, please contact:

Nicole Bice
Executive Director
(608) 255-5175