Our History

Our History

Gissela

Gissela: The First Girl

The idea for Path of Hope was born out of a mission trip to Honduras in 2005. After meeting an 11-year old girl living in a one-room shack without electricity or running water, John Mason wanted to do something to help change the course of this girl’s life. After realizing that formal education usually stops in the 6th grade for children in Honduras (due to the distance required to travel into the cities and associated costs), John began providing financial support for this girl to continue her education. By sharing this story with friends and family, additional girls were sponsored each year so that they, too, could continue their education.

With an ever increasing number of people wanting to help, and a growing number of girls wanting to enter the program, John and his wife D’Lanna saw the need to create an infrastructure to secure support and administer the funds in these impoverished areas. In 2008, they formally established the Path of Hope Foundation as a non-profit organization, developed a Board of Directors and began the application process for 501(c)3 status for the administration of funds. In 2009, 501(c)3 status was granted, making all donations to the foundation tax deductible.