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  When we met Abel, he was underweight and withdrawn.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

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

Meet Kristyn, our new Program and Development Coordinator!

Meet Kristyn, our new Program and Development Coordinator!

Hey everyone! I’m Kristyn, and I’m here to work as the Program and Development Coordinator for Casita Copan.  Throughout my professional life, I have been dedicated to working to alleviate some of the challenges faced by women and children worldwide. I had my first experience living abroad when I moved to Sierra Leone, West Africa… Continue Reading