Honduran Boys & Girls Club director tours Dumplin Valley

Luis Villanueva, director of Boys & Girls Club Central Honduras, middle, is surrounded by children and staff of the Boys & Girls Club of Dumplin Valley.

A special guest dropped into the Boys & Girls Club of Dumplin Valley last week.

Luis Villanuava, director of the Boys & Girls Club of Central Honduras, came to tour the facilities in an effort to find out what he can to take back to his native Central American country.

“This is my second time in the states, but the first time in the South,” he said. “I love the sweet tea.”

Villaneuva has been on job as director of the Central Honduras club for 10 months, but he has been with the club almost three years, since its inception.

There is also a connection between the Honduras Club and the Boys & Girls Club that serves Jefferson and Cocke counties.

Dumplin Valley helped start the Honduras clubs.

Past executive director of the Dumplin Valley club Jessica Page took a mission trip to the Honduras with her church, True Life Ministries, which is located in Jefferson City. While there, she made contacts and a dream became a reality.

There are now nine clubs open in the Central Honduras that serve anywhere from 30 kids to more than 100 kids depending upon location.

But, there is just one problem, Villanueva said. Only two clubs are open more than three days a week. There are seven other clubs that are only open one day a week, he said.

The club needs at least $4,000 a month in order to keep the doors open for the club five to six days a week, he said.

He came to the United States in hopes of being able to find support.

Villanueva said he has visited Washington state and the Raleigh area of North Carolina, so far. Tennessee is his last destination.

A variety of churches across the United States have went down to the Honduras and helped the clubs, he said. Most of the stops on his recent trip were to areas where those churches are located.

He said he has learned a lot from his trip that he plans to take back home and use. He said he hopes this becomes a regular trip of once a year.

“That’s the idea,” he said. “To see this… And take it back home.”

Those wishing to donate to help the Boys & Girls Club Central Honduras can visit clubh.org. A donation button on the page will direct you on how to help the club open its doors for more clubs.