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 a perfect 10.  When I was a kid there was not much technology. I was so happy to be running around, playing street games, especially soccer.  I attended Mayatan School in Copan Ruinas.  I  enjoyed going to school there and have memories of teachers reading stories at the ruins, having spelling bees, and eating baleadas while playing soccer during recess.

Later, I moved to a bigger city to finish my high school.  There’s where I met some of my closest friends. Due to my accent, they called me different names like: “La Copaneca”, “La Tuza”, and “Rosalila”.  After graduation I was uncertain of what the next step in my life would be. As a naturally curious and outgoing person, I decided to go on an adventure. I joined the AFS (American Field Service) exchange program. Choosing a country where to spend the next year was fun. I still had this passion for soccer so I chose Germany. I didn’t know how extraordinary that year was going to be until I got there. Within the first month I learned so much about their culture. Every day held excitement and new experiences such as: the food, school, traveling, my embarrassing German, but most importantly, the opportunity of meeting incredible people whom I consider friends and family. They taught me about interacting, bonding and creating long lasting relationships with people of different countries. That experience opened my eyes to be respectful and tolerant around other cultures. I learned to appreciate Honduras, while I was away, and not everyone has that chance. And I certainly missed those beans!

Coming back home, I encouraged myself to apply to the Walton Scholarship, in order to get an outstanding education in the US. It was totally worth trying. I received the scholarship and headed to my next adventure, Harding University. At Harding, I got a degree in International Business and a degree in Marketing. This place had the perfect environment for a college student. I became part of a girls club, business clubs, played soccer, joined mission trips, helped service projects, and worked as desk assistant.

If I had to choose between two lessons I learned at Harding, they would be: camaraderie and serving others. Again, friendships were a highlight in my life and still are. From teachers to roommates ,to sisters to classmates, to teammates; each one of them has left a footprint on my path. My will for serving began at school by volunteering as translator for medical brigades and mission trips. Serving others is truly satisfying. A simple act of caring creates an endless ripple that returns to you. Helping and serving others shouldn’t be imposed but built within us as deeds of social responsibility.

After returning to Copan, I searched for an opportunity to help my community and I found the perfect place, Casita Copan. The kids are charming and crazy lovable. They are enough inspiration to join the Casita team. I remember visiting the kids before Casita Copan started and it has improved in all senses. Now, they have an organized program for the children to have nutritious meals, education, better health conditions, and lots of love. They focus on preventing and reducing child abandonment. As the new Director of Development I will be supporting the communications team, keeping in contact with our donors, sponsors, and prospect supporters. It’s my wish to be the very best version of myself and contribute to the Casita team in continuing to improve the lives of the children. After all, they are the future of Copan Ruinas.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected]