Nuestros pequenos hermanos
Nuestros pequenos hermanos translates to “Our little brothers and sisters”. The international children’s relief organization has been operating children’s villages in Latin America since 1954.
The children’s village Casa Santa Rosa de Lima is in the coastal town of San Vicente de Cañete, two hours south of the capital Lima. More than 100 children currently live there in seven residential buildings. The 15-hectare site also houses a health clinic with therapy rooms, a central kitchen and storage areas as well as a library. The youngsters can let off steam on sports fields and playgrounds. In addition, some employees run a vegetable garden and a small farm. The children attend a public school in the immediate vicinity of the children’s village. The older ones study at the local university in Cañete.
The organisation dates back to Father William Wasson, who in 1954, gave a home to an orphan boy in Mexico after he stole money from the local church. Since the organization was founded, more than 18,000 children have found a home. Today, about 3,400 children live in ten different children’s villages located in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. Through neighbourhood programmes, the organisation also supports around 250,000 people from areas surrounding these children’s villages.