Heart4Children’s mission is to educate, equip, and empower Honduran children to make change.


As parent organization of Ninos de la Luz (Children of the Light), we operate a home for boys and a community school near La Ceiba, Honduras.  We believe education includes food, clothing, shelter, mentoring, and transportation in addition to tuition and books. Our goal is to meet physical and spiritual needs and encourage self sufficiency.


Watch the video below to see our story!

Niños de la Luz (Children of the Light) was founded in 1994 by Bill Kwiatkowski to provide a place of refuge for a few homeless boys.  After Bill's death in 2015,  his wife Mary continues to run a seven-acre project, with the support of Heart4Children, that consists of the original boys home, a chapel, and an elementary school which serves the families in the surrounding village.  The project is located in the village of Armenia Bonito near La Ceiba on the northern coast of Honduras. After many years of service trips to Ninos de la Luz (Children of the Light), Jim and Tamara Cook were compelled to raise funds for this ministry.  In 2007 Heart4Children, Inc. was formed as a 501c3 in order to help support low income families and children. 

Our Inspiration

In January of 2003 Jim and Tamara Cook's 14-year-old son, Brandon, asked to go to Honduras with the church youth group. That summer Brandon and his dad visited Honduras for the first time. That initial request would lead to what Heart4Children is today. Although Brandon is no longer with us, his life left a lasting impact that continues to encourage others to join the vision of educating the most needy by giving from the abundant blessings we have. See more of his impact >

Board of Directors

Our charter states our financial objective is to operate with an overhead ratio 5% or less. Our volunteer board of directors receive no salary or compensation for their work and pay all of their own expenses.  We are dedicated to using donations wisely and frugally.  We are committed to complete transparency, and our financial reports are available at any time upon request.

Mary Kwiatkowski, Founder/Director - Honduras

James CookFounder/Chairman of the Board

Raymond Pereira, President

Tamara Cook, Founder/Director

Michael Magan, Treasurer

Seth Bahr, Director

Allen Fletcher -TX State Representative, District 130 - Director


Ken & Carla Kinard, Directors

Bethany Cook Magan, Director

Stephanie Pereira, Director


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