Transforming Families

Transforming Families

Dara joined us at Casita Copan about a year ago, when she was just seven months old.  Her mother, Marisela, worked selling tortillas and sewing clothes.  Dara was a small baby who was a bit withdrawn and easily scared. With time, Dara began to feel more comfortable in her class with the other kids in… Continue Reading

Our Special Education Program is Coming Soon!

Our Special Education Program is Coming Soon!

One of the challenges of working in a rural Honduran community is that it can often feel like the need never ends.  Working with over 50 kids, who range in age from 1-19, means that each day brings with it an unpredictable mix of new needs, new conflicts, and new opportunities. With funding from our… Continue Reading

How to Save a Life

How to Save a Life

By now, most of you probably know about the tragic car accident that happened in Copán Ruinas in January. 10-year-old Alba was hit by a car in Copan Ruinas, Honduras while playing outside with her friends. Several people were injured and Alba was immediately rushed to the hospital in Chiquimula, Guatemala.  At the hospital, doctors… Continue Reading

Child abandonment makes sense

Child abandonment makes sense

‘Culture makes sense. It just may not make sense to you.’ These were the words of former Peace Corps Country Director Joel Wallach during my first day of Peace Corps training in 2012. Ever since, those words have reverberated in my brain as I have moved about the world and tried to work and integrate… Continue Reading

School’s out!

School’s out!

Last week was the final week of classes before the winter vacation starts in Honduras.  It was the final week of homework, tests, and presentations for almost 2 million Honduran children. For the rest of Honduras’s children however, the school year never even began.  13% of children in Honduras have no access to education at… Continue Reading

Her name was Ana

Her name was Ana

Her name was Ana.  Just 27 years old, Ana was a housekeeper at a local hotel, and she was murdered in a small community outside of Copan Ruinas earlier this year. We never worked with Ana at Casita Copan, but I can imagine what it was like to be her.  I can imagine Ana going… Continue Reading

It Happens Every Couple of Months

It Happens Every Couple of Months

31% of children in Copán Department suffer from malnutrition.  Every few months, we are able to accept a child from our waiting list into our program, and although the children are new, their challenges rarely are.  When we met Abel, he was underweight and withdrawn.  At 2 years old, Abel hadn’t uttered his first words… Continue Reading

How to Do Voluntourism Responsibly

How to Do Voluntourism Responsibly

Summer is coming to an end! For the past few months, we have been awash with requests from potential volunteers.  Generally, potential volunteers contact us wanting to do combine their travel to Honduras while donating their time to complete short projects—painting, gardening, or hosting a workshop for kids.  This type of work—voluntourism, as it is… Continue Reading

“I’m gonna grow to be taller than you!”

“I’m gonna grow to be taller than you!”

“I’m going to finish my food before you!” Iker proclaimed between bites of chicken. “Well, I’m gonna eat all of my food, then go get more food, so I’m gonna grow up to be taller than you!” David stood up, dropping his spoon on the table emphatically. Ana Maria joined the conversation: “No, I’m gonna… Continue Reading

Alex’s Journey to Fulfilling his Dreams

Alex’s Journey to Fulfilling his Dreams

Alex easily kicks the soccer ball across the field.  His teammate receives the ball, advances on the opposition, and passes it back to Alex, who kicks it straight into the goal.  Alex’s teammates cheer, and he bows his head and lightly jogs back to position, slightly embarrassed. If ever any moment described Alex, this would be it.  At… Continue Reading