Casita Copan is the wonderful happy ending to a project we fundraised for during our two-plus years living and working in Copan Ruinas, Honduras, where our friends and family back home helped us raise money for 13 children living in a decrepit and inadequate foster home known as Angelitos Felices (now closed).
A young American woman, Emily Monroe, had introduced us to the children. We raised money to improve their terrible living conditions, buy clothes and food, and take them on adventures (swimming at the local pool was a favourite) virtually every weekend for the entire time we lived in Copan.
Shortly after we left Copan and Honduras in April 2014, the stars aligned and the Angelitos children were given over by the government of Honduras to the care of Emily and her amazing staff at Casita Copan.
It was a life-changing move for those children. Now living in three small group homes with permanent foster moms, the children are thriving. They're going to school, eating nutritionally, wearing clean clothes of their own instead of having to dig out dirty and torn clothing from a giant heap of shared clothing. Looking at before-and-after photos of the kids is an endless reminder of what a difference each of us can make when we step up.
Watching the former Angelitos children grow into happy, healthy young people has been a tremendous experience, and we have continued to donate to Emily's work. We are returning to Honduras in February 2018 for a visit and would love to take $5000 with us to give to Casita Copan, which not only does so much for the kids we know, but also runs a daycare for impoverished single moms and offers so many programs to help those moms improve their own lives and those of their children.
Thanks for supporting the work of Casita Copan!