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

Ouch, My Arm!

Ouch, My Arm!

Ouch, my arm! Children play, learn, eat, sleep, play again and at some point they also break a bone (or two!). Breaking a bone can be as normal as getting chicken pox, with the difference that if it’s not treated correctly, it can cause permanent damage. Follow me with the story of Deylin’s broken bone.… Continue Reading

Meet Doris, Our New Director of Development 😃

Meet Doris, Our New Director of Development 😃

Hi there! My name is Doris Oliva. I’m happy to announce to you that I’m the new Director of Development at Casita Copan. And I’d like to share with you a little bit about me. I was raised in different towns in the Copan area. My family consists of eight children plus my parents, making… Continue Reading

Interview with Gabriel

Interview with Gabriel

Gabriel is a 13 year old boy in the second year of our practicante program, where teenagers receive a high school scholarship in exchange for shadowing and helping out each staff member. He is friendly and outgoing, passionate about futbol, and is not afraid to dream big. Through this program, he can have a chance… Continue Reading

My Time Volunteering at Casita Copán

My Time Volunteering at Casita Copán

  Guest Blog Post by Skye Travers My name is Skye Travers and I am a political science student at the University of Georgia. I have volunteered at several organizations throughout my life; but the one I felt most pride in working with is named Casita Copán, located in Copan Ruinas, Honduras. I volunteered there… Continue Reading

Aura of Hope

Aura of Hope

Through dirt roads and untamed weeds, Aura treks down a mountain to get to work in Copán Ruinas. Already, the walk is long, and holding the hand of her three-year-old son, David, doesn’t make it any easier due to his relentless curiosity. Every so often, they take a break for her to carry him. All… Continue Reading

Coffee with Doris

Coffee with Doris

School is out in Honduras until next year. This means it is a very busy time for us at Casita Copán! While it gets hectic, the teaching staff work tirelessly to ensure that the children have days full of activities that will foster their development while also letting them be kids; free playtime is a… Continue Reading

A Wish for Equality in Honduras

A Wish for Equality in Honduras

Recently, a friend asked me: “What do you think is the cure for machismo in your country?” Her, from the USA, asking me, from Honduras. “I don’t know anyone cured yet,” I answered, “not in any country.” Machismo exists on a spectrum: an endless count of attitudes and behaviors that reinforce the notion that men are… 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