One by One

One by One

It seems like there isn’t a lot that we haven’t experienced around here.  Each day can be an unpredictable, wild mix of happy laughter, temper tantrums, meetings, parent visits, chores, the occasional visit from a furry friend, little ones reaching big milestones, and so much more. Of course, with 50 plus kids and all of… Continue Reading

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  Dara was a small baby who was a bit withdrawn and easily scared.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

#JoinTheResolution

#JoinTheResolution

This week, we are launching our Resolve campaign!   In the upcoming year, our aim is to get closer to resolving the issues that cause child abandonment.  Over the next eight weeks, we’ll focus on the root causes of child abandonment: child malnutrition, gender inequality, lack of access to education, and poverty.  We’ll be sharing information,… Continue Reading

6 years and counting

6 years and counting

Every one of our anniversaries we are reminded of why we started Casita. This past Children’s Day we marked year number 6! As we know, circumstances for kids can be bleak, and for some of our children have already endured the cruel realities of an unjust world. But if there’s one thing that we’ve learned… Continue Reading