Sister María Rosa Leggol O.S.F is a Honduran woman who was born in November 21, 1926 in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, at an early age lost her parents but she was raised by her God fathers. At that age she had to work to help the family expenses; by personal decision she joined a girls’ home of the Franciscan Sisters which moved her to the city of Comayagua; It was the place where she began to dream on homes for orphaned children, this was her dream she focused on since that early age. She was formed with the sisters and became a member of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the province of Latin American (O.S.F.).
By doing nursing work with the sisters in the Polyclinic hospital in Comayaguela, she met many families, business people and began to talk about her dream of creating homes for orphaned children. It is in this place that she found a group of businessmen who gave their support and entrusted her the destinations of SAN. The organization was named Sociedad Amigos de los Niños (S.A.N) Sister Maria Rosa O.S.F., has been and still is a character with much influence in the community and has started and directed a great number of social welfare programs to improve the quality of life of many families and children throughout Honduras. More than 40.000.00 children and young people have found on her a helping hand that showed them the loving face of God by giving them opportunities to be better people; today many of these children are productive citizens belonging to healthy families inside and outside our country, some of them are giving something back by cooperating in the various projects of SAN.
What was her motivation?
As an orphaned child at an early age, Sister María Rosa lived the experience of being an orphan and what it implies. A great desire to provide better living conditions but most important to provide love to these children was her main motivation. The first group of children under sister’s care was living with their parents in prison at the main Tegucigalpa jail.
As a woman she always have been identified with the challenges faced by the Honduran women, she has organized programs for single mothers, unmarried girls who live with their children, but mainly to maintain the family unit. Her immeasurable great love to God is what moves her to have compassion for all needy people, regardless of nationality, race, religion or gender.
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