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

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