“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

Zoila’s Dream

Zoila’s Dream

Meet Zoila, a charismatic Casita Mom with big dreams for her foster children. Zoila is a pioneer foster mom of our ‘Casita’ program, but like many women in Honduras, she had limited resources as a child. As one of eight children, her family often struggled to make ends meet. She began working at the early… Continue Reading

The First Five Years – Part 3

The First Five Years – Part 3

Read the first part of the founding story of Casita Copán here and the second part here. Starting an organization only sounds appealing before you do it and years later once you’ve forgotten the sleepless nights, the nagging feeling of self-doubt, the stress about how you’ll pay the bills, the constant requests from strangers to… Continue Reading

The First Five Years – Part 2

The First Five Years – Part 2

Read the first part of the founding story of Casita Copán here. So how did I end up here in Copán Ruinas anyway? To be honest, it was a bit of an accident. I was working in my hometown of Pittsburgh at a small nonprofit, learning a ton and enjoying time with friends and family.… Continue Reading

The First Five Years – Part 1

The First Five Years – Part 1

It was a humid morning in September of 2012, the sun already blazing just after 6 am. Fanny was the first to arrive, her two youngest in tow, pausing only for a quick good-bye before rushing off to her job at the market. Four-year-old Alba and one-year-old Juan both walked cautiously into the new daycare… Continue Reading

Brothers Reunited

Brothers Reunited

Calling Casita Copan a busy place is an understatement. But even though our days are filled with the ups and downs of raising and educating children, we always find time to address emergencies that show up on our doorstep. When Casita opened its doors to 13 children who were living at the nearby orphanage, our… Continue Reading

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