The First Five Years – Part 2

The First Five Years – Part 2

Read the first part of the founding story of Casita Copán here. So how did I end up here in Copán Ruinas anyway? To be honest, it was a bit of an accident. I was working in my hometown of Pittsburgh at a small nonprofit, learning a ton and enjoying time with friends and family.… Continue Reading

The First Five Years – Part 1

The First Five Years – Part 1

It was a humid morning in September of 2012, the sun already blazing just after 6 am. Fanny was the first to arrive, her two youngest in tow, pausing only for a quick good-bye before rushing off to her job at the market. Four-year-old Alba and one-year-old Juan both walked cautiously into the new daycare… Continue Reading

Brothers Reunited

Brothers Reunited

Calling Casita Copan a busy place is an understatement. But even though our days are filled with the ups and downs of raising and educating children, we always find time to address emergencies that show up on our doorstep. When Casita opened its doors to 13 children who were living at the nearby orphanage, our… Continue Reading

It Takes a Village to Stop Child Abandonment

It Takes a Village to Stop Child Abandonment

A special guest blog post by U.S. Board President, Beth Ann Nyssen When I first met Emily Monroe, the Director of Casita Copán, in 2013, she told me with great passion about her mission to “reduce child abandonment by nurturing orphaned and vulnerable children and supporting single mothers.” She wanted “to break the cycle of… Continue Reading

Caring for Zoila & Gelsi

Caring for Zoila & Gelsi

Zoila is a playful seven-year-old with a contagious giggle. Gelsi is her older sister, who says through drawing, dancing and physical affection what she cannot convey in words. You may have seen them in some of our videos. Before coming to Casita, they lived in an orphanage where they barely had enough to survive. Today,… Continue Reading

A Wish for Health

A Wish for Health

When Jesús had his first seizure, at age nine, we were concerned, but definitely not surprised. Jesús would be our third child at Casita Copan with epilepsy, a condition he shares with his biological mother. His first seizure was not very shocking, but his second and third caused us to rush to the hospital in… Continue Reading

We’re Celebrating Four Years!

We’re Celebrating Four Years!

Think about the first four years of a child’s life, when every day means learning something new. How to eat, crawl, form words, walk, run, jump, dance, draw, make friends, trust adults. Now imagine those first four years growing up in a dark orphanage with limited interaction, never enough food, and only fleeting glimpses of… Continue Reading

A Star of Hope

A Star of Hope

Meet Estrella. Estrella means “star” in Spanish. And how aptly named! Estrella is one of our 13 “Casita kids,” children who live in family-style foster care homes because they can’t be reunited with their biological families. She first came to Casita when the nearby orphanage was shut down by the government for its poor living… Continue Reading

Meet Karina, Director of Development

Meet Karina, Director of Development

My name is Karina and I am the newest member of the Casita Copan team. In my role as Director of Development I will be keeping our supporters updated on all our projects as well as looking for further avenues for organizational growth. I am very excited to join the growing Casita team! Tegucigalpa and… Continue Reading

Why High School Matters & What We’re Doing

Why High School Matters & What We’re Doing

The future is always littered with obstacles. But here in Honduras, where unemployment is rampant and political instability is rising, the challenges of the future can seem insurmountable. One of the best ways to tackle this insecurity is armed with a high school education. In Honduras, public education is free and required up until grade… Continue Reading