Our Homes: NPH Honduras
A thriving, bustling community, Rancho Santa Fe is the second oldest of the NPH homes. 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 older youths study and live in Tegucigalpa.
NPH Honduras Facts
May 24, 1986
Children/youth fully supported:
Total services provided:
5,953 (includes children and youth fully supported, community children, youths and adults who receive support by either attending our onsite schools, receive scholarships, receive in-kind donations and or medical/social services.)
One hour northeast of Tegucigalpa, the nation’s capital
School (grades K – 9), vocational workshops, chapel, farm, clinics, and a surgery center that provides outpatient services and training for the local medical community
- In 2016, Edwin Vallecillo Betancourth, an NPH graduate or hermano mayor (“older brother”) was hired as the home’s permanent full-time doctor.
- The farm produces vegetables, fruits, eggs, milk and more. A gravity-fed rainwater system for irrigation was installed in 2015 to help cut electricity pumping costs and boost food production.
- In late 2014, the Honduran government closed many children’s homes and 84 new children arrived at the Ranch.
- There are two special homes: Casa de Los Angeles for disabled children, and Casa Eva for elderly adults who have no family to care for them. Casa Pasionista, a home for adults living with HIV/AIDS, is located on the Ranch property.
- About half of the furniture, school uniforms and shoes used by the children are made by pequeños in the vocational workshops.
- Community service programs include a soup kitchen for children and a daycare center for single mothers.
- The Holy Family Surgery Center provides outpatient services for NPH children and the rural poor as well as medical training.
43,278 square miles – slightly larger than Tennessee
8,893,259 (July 2016 est.)
Note: estimates take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS
Spanish, Amerindian dialects
Land degradation and soil erosion; pollution of Lago de Yojoa (the country’s largest source of fresh water)
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