Our Story


In 1996, Amber Young, a college-age summer camp attendee, discovered an abandoned Honduran baby boy. Baby Jose. He was denied care by local Honduran hospitals and orphanages because of his Down syndrome and clubfoot conditions. As Mark and Brenda Young, Amber’s parents, learned that these practices were commonplace, God planted a seed in their hearts.

For several years, the Young family sponsored case-by-case medical care, but they saw a greater need for community acceptance. In 2002, Mark & Brenda moved to Trujillo, Honduras to work with local churches, clinics, and schools with the intent of empowering the families of children with disabilities. Due to the Young’s hard work and the support of North American churches, their mission has developed into the Little Hands - Big Hearts (LHBH) Foundation, known in Honduras as Fundacion Manos Chicas - Corazones Grandes (MCCG).

Today, LHBH/MCCG operates out of a large compound just outside of Trujillo’s El Centro. Day-to-day operations and services are provided by local, Honduran staff. In the United States, LHBH exists as a 501(c)(3) organization run by a Board of Directors who support the foundation. Because of faithful supporters, Little Hands continues grow it’s community impact.

The Little Hands mission is an extension of Christ’s love embodied in me. When I see “special” children in Honduras, I ask myself “what would Jesus do?” Jesus would gather them in His arms and give them a big hug, showing His love.
— Mark Young, Founder and Board Member