A Safe Haven
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 300 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.
NPH Honduras 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, hairdressing and welding, as well as a life skills/home economics.
The farm has dairy cows 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 Eva, 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.
Three other important components of the NPH Honduras family are located in the capital. Our home Casa de Los Ángeles provides 24-hour care for 16 children with severe disabilities. Pasos Pequeñitos, a children’s daycare center, helps single mothers in difficult circumstances who need extra assistance in caring for their children. Casa Esperanza, a home in Catacamas, is for children in emergency situations who are awaiting family reintegration. Additional community service programs include a children’s soup kitchen in the nearby town of Talanga which provides daily food and vitamins to 30 impoverished children who would otherwise go unfed.
NPH Honduras has been led by National Director Stephen O’Mahony since September 2019.
1985: Congress approved NPH Honduras’ legal status
1986: NPH Honduras received the first four children
1988: Primary school and vocational workshops opened
1989: Casa de los Angeles opened, home for special needs children
1992: Casa Eva opened, home for abandoned elderly
External clinic opened to serve the community
1998: Preschool and kindergarten Montessori program began
2000: First pequeño, Marlon Velasquez, graduated from university
2003: Hermanos Mayores, or Big Brother and Sister program, began
2005: Pasos Pequeñitos opened, day care for single mothers
2009: Holy Family Surgery Center official opened
First pequeño in the home graduated from medical school
2010: Assumed managed of community Soup Kitchen
External scholarship program began
2011: Youth in Action Leadership group began
2012: Bakery and cheese making facility opened
2013: Special needs boys’ home opened
2014: Creation of Strategic Plan and evaluation of all programs
Expansion of “Powerful Girls” program to the community
2015: New gravity-fed rainwater system for irrigation
Home remodeling creating room for influx of new children
2016: Converted school educational system for new government standards
Expansion of scholarship programs for mothers
2017: Increase of critical surgical care for Honduran population with partnership through One World Surgery’s Holy Family Surgery Center
Awarded highest rating for operating homes for children in the country
Opened transition home for children