Developmentally Delayed Children

We had been in Guatemala for two days when we spotted 2-year-old Jeryln sitting on a swing and staring off into space.  She was completely non-responsive to voices or human touch. Perplexed we picked her up and went in search of the director to ask about her history. They told us she and her sister…

Water – Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos

We’ve been working with Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos in Honduras, home to 700 children, since January to reduce their water and power consumption, but it’s only part of the answer. Water shortages during the dry season are forcing them to sell or kill their livestock and buy vegetables at a substantially higher cost. There is a…

Land for School – Urukundo Home

Arlene Brown founded Urukundo Home in Gitarama, Rwanda following the genocide. Little by little she managed to build the home to where 54 children now live. Older children attend boarding schools and college, returning home for school breaks and vacations. 300 children from the community attend K-5 school at Urukundo. Land adjacent to the home…

Multi-Orphanage Transition Program

In February of 2016 The World Orphan Fund launched a new transition program in Tegucigalpa, Honduras to help orphaned children reintegrate into Honduran society. Very few orphanages have a transition program and the results can be tragic. Children leaving homes without marketable skills or transition support have an alarming failure rate, resorting to crime, prostitution…

New Kitchen and Bathroom – Angeles Custodios

Angeles Custodios is an orphanage run by the Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart in La Ceja, Colombia and cares for 80 children. Government authorities threatened to shut down the home unless they made major updates to their existing kitchen and bathroom. While the orphanage had enough funding to maintain the care of the children,…

New truck/Industrial Washers – Angeles Custudios

At Angeles Custodios in La Ceja, Colombia, their clothes washers were broken again. They weren’t designed for heavy use, and they were paying two  employees wash clothes by hand for the 80 children living there. For a $2,000 investment they could buy new semi-industrial washing machines, saving $2,820 in wages. Farmers near the home donate…

Energy/Water Reduction – Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) serves a population of approximately 600 people, 500 children and 100 staff and volunteers. The orphanage is located on over 2,000 acres of land an hour outside Tegucigalapa, Honduras. When the decline in the value of the euro impacted donations at the same time as increases in wages and benefits mandated…

Funding for Childcare Workers – Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, a home for 500 children about an hour from Tegucigalpa, was being forced to consider some pretty heart-wrenching choices. With 75 new children, a declining Euro, and a massive increase in the minimum wage in Honduras, they were planning to cut 14 much-needed childcare workers. So the World Orphan Fund send an…

Energy/Water Reduction – Orphanage Emmanuel

With the Honduran power company going bankrupt, Orphanage Emmanuel in Guaimaca, Honduras saw a 600% increase in the cost of their electricity, from $2,500 a month to $16,000. Our plan dramatically reduced their energy consumption and cost. We found most of their energy use hinged on four key areas: water usage, lighting, refrigeration and laundry….

Boys Home – Nuestro Pequeño Hermanos

When the Honduran government shut down their childcare services division due to ineffectiveness, all government run children’s homes were closed as well. As a result  Nuestro Pequeño Hermanos received 75 children in just one month and faced both a baby boom and a housing crisis. One of their existing buildings could provide the space but…

Emergency Van Replacement – Montana De Luz

When we first visited Montana de Luz, an orphanage caring for children with HIV, they told us they could handle anything as long as they had their medication and transportation to take kids to see specialists up to three times a week. Then, they lost their van in a crash and needed $15,000 to replace…

New Home – Hogar De Amor

Hogar de Amor, in partnership with another charity, began the construction of a children’s home, which would house ten orphaned children and two house parents. Working with local tradespeople, the construction progressed as funds were available. When there was a need to place orphans in the home more quickly than anticipated, the World Orphan Fund…

Bathroom for School – Urukundo Home

At Urukundo Children’s Home they build classroom facilities just ahead of when they’re needed. We provided a grant for the construction of a six-stall bathroom for the older children (new grades 4-5) at the school.  It serves a critical need for capacity and separating children by age group. The school has 300 children enrolled, most coming…

Medical equipment for Clinic – Village of Eden

Village of Eden is a children’s home located on 133 acres near Busia, Uganda.  Doctors Richard and Brenda Kowalske founded the home in 2012. The home recently opened an on-site medical clinic, and Dr. Brenda told us they didn’t have the necessary resources to properly equip their labs. The World Orphan Fund provided grants totaling $25,000…

Solar Power – Rift Valley Children’s Village

Rift Valley Children’s Village is a home to 94 children in northern Tanzania. While the home was largely off the grid, relying mostly on solar and wind for electricity, a diesel generator was needed to pump fresh water from their well. The annual cost for fuel was $9,600. The World Orphan Fund, working with a…

Special Needs Physical Therapist – Bencaleth

Casa Hogar Bencaleth is a home for 21 special needs orphans in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. It’s one of three special needs homes we have visited in the country (the others are Casa Angeles in Tegucigalpa and Good Samaritan in San Pedro Sula). Bencaleth provides outstanding care but without outside support they lack the funding to provide…

Emergency Food Grant – Orphanage Emmanuel

For years, Orphanage Emmanuel in Guaimaca, Honduras had only paid a token $2,500 a month for their electricity. But when the power company faced bankruptcy, the government changed the rules and required them to now pay between $13,000 and $17,000 a month to keep the power on. To make matters worse, the government made importing…

Three Children’s Homes – Casita Copan

    After the World Orphan Fund provided emergency funding to Casita Copan to rescue 13 children who had been living in a rat infested home where they were alternatively neglected or beaten, permanent housing was needed. We created three family homes with a paid foster mother for each. The World Orphan Fund provided two…

Special Needs Caregiver – Sanderos De Amor

When Honduras shut down all federally funded orphanages, it caused a massive infusion of orphans into private orphanages. Sanderos de Amor accepted 9 children with special needs ranging from downs syndrome to cerebral palsy. At first, they had no staff to handle them. They resorted to cribs in an attempt to control the situation. Three caregivers…

Water Cistern – Rayo de Esperanza

Rayo de Esperanza Orphanage is a family based home for children located in Rio Dulce, Guatemala. The city of Rio Dulce had been sporadically cutting off their water. It would not only leave them without water temporarily, but when the water flow was restored, their pipes would burst. The World Orphan Fund provided a grant…

Psychologist – Hope House

Hope House, located in Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos, Mexico is dedicated to providing abandoned, abused, orphaned and poverty-stricken boys (ages 8-18) with a safe and loving home and the opportunity to receive an education, learn a trade skill and mature socially and developmentally. Many boys are sent by government agencies in Jalisco, Mexico to stay…

Matching Grant to Replace Van – Eagles Nest

Eagles Nest Orphanage in Solola, Guatemala had an urgent need. Their 12-passenger van, used to transport their 37 children, was on its last leg and would cost more to repair than it was worth. A reliable used replacement van would would cost $15,000. We had success in the past with offering matching grants to the…

New Home – AHOPE

In July of 2015 we visited AHOPE, an orphanage for 205 HIV children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They’re doing everything right, and one of the most important thing they do is  working to keep families intact. During our visit we met Ashebir Kifetew, who is HIV positive. His father was a solider who died in…

Emergency Funding for Abused Children – Casita Copan

Missionaries Mike and Karen Madsen alerted us that 13 children had been living in squalor at an orphanage in Copan Ruinas, Honduras. The children were suffering from malnutrition, physical abuse, and neglect before the government finally stepped in and shut it down. The children, ages 3-14, were removed and taken to Casita Copan, an American…

Facial Resconstruction Surgery – My Special Treasure Orphanage

Gersi Ordonez hasn’t had much to smile about in her life. In fact, a serious injury to her face made it impossible for her to smile at all. When Gersi was very little, she was the victim of a trauma she does not remember, leaving the right side of her face paralyzed and drooping from…

Roof Replacement – Orphanage Emmanuel

Orphanage Emmanuel was founded in 1989 with just five children and has since grown to more than 500 children. Many of the older buildings are deteriorating from climate, termites, and wear. We funded the replacement of old terra cotta roofs on three homes with new fiberglass tiles at a cost of $45,000.

Surgeries – Montana de Luz

In January of 2014, we visited Montana de Luz, an orphanage in the mountains of Honduras. Originally a hospice to provide end-of–life care for HIV orphans, today children there are able to live happy and normal lives. With medication and proper care their disease is under control, and watching them play you would never know…

Matching Grant Transition House and Staff – Eagles Nest

Eagles Nest was originally planned as temporary housing for children birth to 6 years old, until they could be placed in families. After the almost complete shutdown of adoptions due to widespread corruption, they became more of a transition home with a permanent population. Children are placed at Eagles Nest through the court system. Now…

Emergency 6 month Food Grant – Precious Moments

At Precious Moments in Guatemala City, Guatemala 190 students fill the tiny classrooms and are taught reading, writing, mathematics, art and computer skills. Each afternoon at least 50 children receive free childcare. On any given night, 14 spend the night in special sleeping quarters built by visiting missionaries. A storage closet has been converted to…

Vocational Training – Casa Bernabe

Casa Bernabe, an orphanage in Guatemala City, had the necessary infrastructure for vocational training for the 150 children living there. The problem was they couldn’t afford the teachers. The World Orphan Fund began funding three teachers for welding, cosmetology and culinary arts for three years.  With the excitement from early success, they have recently found…

Vocational Training – Orphanage Emmanuel

In third world countries like Honduras, employment options are limited even when you have the stability of a family, but as an orphan the failure-to-succeed rate can exceed 90%. We funded the first vocational training program at Orphanage Emmanuel. Programs include sewing, computer repair, electrical, and plumbing.

Third Grade Teacher – Hogar Suyapa

Hogar Suyapa, an orphanage in El Progresso, Honduras, focuses on the most vulnerable children under age five. But as the children grow up, they need a safe environment to learn. The Hogar had been educating children from Kindergarten through second grade, but needed help to expand to the third grade for the 2013 school year….

Arsenic Removal – Renacer Orphanage

When we visited Hogar Renacer Orphanage, a home for 37 children in Cofradia, Honduras, the directors told us children were getting sick and they suspected bacteria in the water. But when we tested their water for bacteria, we found something else. Arsenic, at four times the allowable level. We helped them to shift immediately to…

New Boys House – Orphanage Emmanuel

After a fire at Nueva Esperanza, a government orphanage in the northern part of Honduras, Orphanage Emmanuel took in nearly 100 children. Added to other recent new arrivals, Emmanuel’s population had grown by 25% in just a few months. With 520 children it is the largest orphanage in Honduras. The World Orphan Fund provided a…

New Special Needs House – Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos

A core strength of Nuestro Pequeños Hermanos in La Venta, Honduras is their care for special needs children. When we first visited their campus, they had two houses for special needs children: Casa Emmanuel for boys with disabilities and Casa Maria Reina for the girls. These homes care for extremely handicapped children in need of…

Clean Water – Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos depends on water captured from the mountain during the rainy season, but it becomes dangerously low during the dry season. Worse, water from the dams often has bacteria in it, making the children sick. So The World Orphan Fund provided funding to drill two wells for a consistent supply of clean drinking…

University Scholarships

The World Orphan Fund has a scholarship program to assist students attending university in both the US and their home countries. We work together with sponsors and orphanage homes on a case-by-case basis.

New Truck – Montana de Luz

Montana de Luz, an orphanage for HIV orphans in Nueva Esperanza, Honduras badly needed to replace a critical pickup truck, but were unable to obtain the loan necessary to purchase it. So The World Orphan Fund offered Montana de Luz a five year, $25,000 interest free, loan and promised to match every dollar they raised…

Emergency Food Grant – El Refugio Orphanage

Operating on a total monthly budget of $1,100 USD for 27 children, the El Refugio Orphanage has been unable to provide adequate food for the children. We provided a $500 monthly food budget supplement until they were able to find long-term funding.

Well Repair – El Refugio Orphanage

El Refugio Orphanage had been relying on runoff water from the nearby mountain and purchasing bottled water for the children and had been spending $200 of their $1,100 monthly budget for bottled water. The property had a well, but it wasn’t functional. So The World Orphan Fund provided a grant to repair the well and…

Clean Water Well – Orphanage Emmanuel

In one year alone, Orphanage Emmanuel, located in Guaimaca, Honduras took in nearly 100 children after a fire at a government orphanage in the northern part of Honduras. Along with other new children, Orphanage Emmanuel’s population grew by 25% in just one year. With so many new children, their water supply couldn’t keep up with…

Toddler House – Orphanage Emmanuel

The World Orphan Fund provided a grant of $22,000 USD to build a toddler house at Orphanage Emmanuel, located in Guaimaca, Honduras to help provide housing for a rapidly-growing population. The house was already under construction when a fire at a government orphanage left 150 kids homeless. The result was a massive influx of toddlers…

Vocational Training – Multiple Orphanages Guatemala

One reason for high youth unemployment across the world – and in particularly in developing countries – is a growing mismatch between the supply and demand for skilled workers. This is an even more serious problem for third world orphans, where many leave orphan homes without marketable skills, training or transition support. The result is…