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

Today We Celebrate Independence, but for Whom?

Today We Celebrate Independence, but for Whom?

En español This month in Honduras, all towns and cities are dressed in white and blue, the colors of our flag. On September 15 we celebrate our various independences: first from Spain, then from Mexico, and finally from the former Federal Republic of Central America. After all this history we can’t help but ask: is Honduras… 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

10 Palabras que solo tienen sentido en Honduras

10 Palabras que solo tienen sentido en Honduras

Spanglish version at the end Honduras es macizo, y no hablo de su infraestructura. Tenemos miles de palabras que solo entre nosotros entendemos. Inclusive a nivel regional, las diferencias entre el estilo de comunicación, el vocabulario, y la manera de tratar a la gente es muy variada. Somos un país de diversidad: ecológica, social y culinaria, y… Continue Reading

4 Ways to Help Casita if you Can’t Donate

4 Ways to Help Casita if you Can’t Donate

Casita Copán is a huge team effort. While we are a small organization, our squad is made up of 16 staff, 54 children, and our many supporters, sponsors and volunteers. Accounting for everyone that makes Casita’s work possible, our team count is in the hundreds. What if we could double our team? All you would have… Continue Reading

Más Familias, Menos Orfanatos

Más Familias, Menos Orfanatos

¿Cuál es el derecho más fundamental de un niño? ¿Será derecho a tener seguridad alimentaria, o a tener un techo que lo refugie? ¿Será su derecho a la educación? La verdad, que la respuesta es todo lo antedicho. Hay un derecho fundamental que comparten todos los niños, niñas y adolescentes, de acuerdo a la Convención… Continue Reading

Casita Kid Spotlight: Jose Manuel

Casita Kid Spotlight: Jose Manuel

There is something so sincere about the way Jose Manuel shows affection. It wasn’t always like this. Jose Manuel is one of the children who lives in our Casitas, and before that he grew up in the former orphanage. He did not receive the individualized attention he needed to thrive. He only started walking when… Continue Reading