Thompson Square recently paid a visit to the remote village of Lepaterique in Honduras, where they sponsor a young boy named Emerson through ChildFund International. The trip was their second the journey to Lepaterique in less than six months after an encounter with a child that tugged at the pair’s heartstrings during their first visit in January.
“This sweet little boy – he had to be about eight years old – walked up to me while we were touring the village school,” Shawna Thompson said. “He handed me a note scribbled in pencil and then ran away. The note said ‘Can you get my school computers to help me do my homework?’ We were surprised and saddened. Our hearts went out to these kids that deserve the same chance as everyone else. We knew we had to help.”
“The people of Lepaterique are kind and generous and hard workers,” Keifer Thompson said. “We’ve been so fortunate in our career and in our lives. Everyone needs a little help every now and then. We left Lepaterique that day knowing that we had to get these kids and the village school the computers they needed to learn and grow – and to figure out a way to get them down there.”
As soon as they returned to the United States, they began working to fulfill the child’s request. Office Depot generously donated five top-of-the-line HP desktop computers and working with ChildFund International, they arranged their next trip to Lepaterique.
When they arrived back in the village, they were welcomed by school children, teachers and villagers lined up outside the school. A dedication ceremony commenced with an official unveiling of the new computer lab, named “Aula Tecnologica Keifer & Shawna” in honor of the duo’s efforts.
“We’ve been blessed to see our name on a lot of marquees and such over the last few years,” Shawna told the crowd. “But none of them hold a candle to see our name on this.”