Casa Hogar del Niño de Acapulco provides a loving and caring home to 52 children in Acapulco, Mexico. Casa Hogar, also known as the Acapulco Children’s Home, is a ministry of the Jesus of Nazareth Church in Acapulco, which was founded by missionaries from Orangewood’s denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America. Orangewood has partnered with Casa Hogar for more than 20 years, and this year’s Christmas trip is the 15th? trip!
Despite often being described as an orphanage, most of the children at Casa Hogar still have one or both parents living, as well as close relatives. While some of the children come from neglected or abusive homes, others are sent to Casa Hogar because their family desires to provide a better future for their children than they are capable of affording. Casa Hogar provides students with a stable, caring home where they can receive food, medical care and education.
Casa Hogar is unabashedly Christian, providing for students not only physically, but spiritually as well. The mission statement of Casa Hogar is, “To teach our children to face the future with dignity, instilling in them love for and trust in God.” As the children grow mentally and physically, it is also the prayer of Casa Hogar leadership that the students will also come to know the love of their Heavenly Father and put their hope in Him, affecting a lifelong change.
Orangewood has had a long and deep involvement with Casa Hogar over the past 20 years. Every year, high school students and parents with children visit in the summer to assist with construction needs as the children’s home continues to expand, and to build relationships with the children. At Christmas, we collect and send shoes and Christmas gifts, and a team takes these gifts to Casa Hogar. Orangewood members also sponsor many of the students. The sponsorship program both provides for the living costs of each student, as well as provides a personal connection for children to be cared for individually.
In 2013, Orangewood member Nick Nanton directed an Emmy-winning documentary about the children’s home, Mi Casa Hogar. The documentary is thirty minutes long, and is available to view in full here: