A thriving, bustling community less than an hour from the nation’s busy capital, Rancho Santa Fe is the second oldest of the NPH homes, opening in 1985. Over 400 hundred boys and girls make their home in this vast wooded oasis in the hills—a metropolis in comparison to the surrounding quiet pueblos—while an additional 100 youths study and live in the capital, Tegucigalpa.
The home operates a Montessori-based preschool and elementary school, junior high school and vocational workshops. Each student is required to take courses in a specific trade; carpentry, electricity, shoe making, seamstress, tailoring and welding, as well as a life skills/home economics classroom for all students to learn the basics that will help them succeed in their personal lives beyond our walls.
Self-sustainability is a goal that the home is striving for. The farm has dairy cows, chickens and pigs. Cheese is made on-site along with tortillas and bread. Aside from the farm, NPH Honduras also boasts a model greenhouse, vegetable gardens and fruit orchards which provide the children with well-balanced, nutritional meals.
Unique to the Honduras family is Casa Pasionista, belonging to the order of Passionist Priests. Casa Pasionista is a hospice for adults living in the final stages of AIDS. Ailing parents can be with their children as their health deteriorates, comforted by the knowledge that after their death, their children will have a secure home with NPH.
Casa Eva, another special house, is a rest home for elderly adults who previously had no one to care for them until coming to NPH. These loved grandparents are included in Ranch activities and add a wonderful balance to our growing family.
Two other important components of the NPH Honduras family are located in the capital. Our home Casa de Los Ángeles provides 24-hour care for over 15 children with severe disabilities. The children also receive physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Pasos Pequeñitos, a children’s daycare center, specifically seeks to help single mothers in difficult circumstances who need extra assistance in caring for their children.
Additional community outreach includes a children's soup kitchen in the nearby town of Talanga. This NPH funded project provides daily food and vitamins to 19 impoverished children who would otherwise go unfed.
NPH Honduras is led by Stefan Feuerstein, along with over 140 dedicated staff.