Update from Casita Copan’s Executive Director

Update from Casita Copan’s Executive Director

First, I would like to send my very best to you and your loved ones during this difficult time, especially those who are working on the front lines, risking their lives to protect the most vulnerable. I wanted to share with you what is happening here in Honduras and at Casita Copán, as we face… Continue Reading

Meet Our New Development Coordinator, Arielle!

Meet Our New Development Coordinator, Arielle!

Hi friends, I’m Arielle, and I’m very excited to become the new Development Coordinator for Casita Copán! Let me tell you a bit about my story and what led me to Casita! I have always had a strong interest in Social Justice. After graduating with a Masters of Law in France in 2013, I decided… Continue Reading

Youth Transitions

Youth Transitions

As our year is just getting started, we are reflecting back on a tremendous milestone we had last year.  Velkis and Eduardo joined our “Casita” Foster home program in 2014 when our program was just getting started. They were previously in the local orphanage, where conditions were dire and bleak. At Casita, they had access… Continue Reading

Special Education at Casita

Special Education at Casita

Our brand new pilot special education program is up and running. The program, funded with a grant from RetailROI, has seen around 30 students from the school in our neighborhood receive the additional learning support that they need so that they are not left behind in class. The students, aged from 7 to 11 years,… Continue Reading

A Year in Copan Ruinas

A Year in Copan Ruinas

Hey everyone! As many of you know, for the past year I have worked with Casita Copan as the Program and Development Coordinator.  As I get ready for my next adventure, I’d like to share a few of my most salient impressions and lessons with you all. Copan Ruinas is beautiful, magical, and…not such an… Continue Reading

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