Program Details

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation currently funds thirty six programs in sixteen countries: Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, ColombiaCosta Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ecuador, GuatemalaHaiti, HondurasMexico, Nicaragua,  Panama, Peru, and Puerto Rico.

We partner with each of these programs to provide technology and life skills training so that they will be able to provide for themselves and grow into successful adults:

The Fundacion Nuevo Dia Program

La Paz, Bolivia

In the City of La Paz, there are 14 social organizations of children and youth who work in the streets as shoe-shiners – at the expense of their education. Forty percent of all the members of these organizations are affiliated with Fundacion Nuevo Dia (FND), an autonomous nonprofit institution managed by its current and former beneficiaries.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation has partnered with Save the Children to provide a telecenter for FND. Orphaned Starfish has funded the acquisition of the hardware and Save the Children provides the curriculum and monitors the project.

The telecenter allows youth workers to have the skills to continue their studies and improve the quality of their homework. The program gives them a broader vision of the world, helps them take advantage of new employment opportunities, and increases their self-esteem. Participants who gain employment in a computer related area as a result of the training experience an increase in both their income and social status. These advances contribute to the overall goal of improving the educational environment of street workers in La Paz so that they have the skills and self-confidence to continue their studies and thereby break the cycle of poverty for future generations.

The telecenter was inaugurated in June 2007.

Proyecto Horizonte – Ushpa Ushpa

Cochabamba, Bolivia

The community of “The Mineros San Juan,” Ushpa-Ushpa is located 10km southeast of the city of Cochabamba. There are approximately 1,500 families living under the poorest of economic conditions. Due to its illegal status, Ushpa-Ushpa lacked basically any infrastructure or coverage with utilities. Many inhabitants are without work and can only find short-term or seasonal jobs and the 1,500 families have an average of 4 to 6 children. The current status of health of the Ushpa-Ushpa population is sub-standard. Breathing problems and diarrhea are common and particularly widespread among the children.

Together with The “Saint Vincent de Paul” Society, Proyecto Horizonte – Ushpa Ushpa was founded in 2004 to build a day care center for children. The project grew to include a health care center and a school. Today there are 150 children between the ages of 1 to 6 years attending the 5 levels of the “Education Initial,” and a daycare program. A recently inaugurated school has 600 children between the ages of 6 to 14 years in attendance. During the evening hours, a school program for adults is also provided. The youngest student is 16 years old, the oldest 62, and the majority of the students are women.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation partnered with Save the Children to provide a computer center to serve the 600 children between the ages of 6 to 14 years who attend the school. OSF provided funds to furnish and equip the center with sixteen computers including software and all the necessary furniture. Save the Children provides the curriculum for the computer classes and facilitates the training of the teachers.

The Instituto Socio-Educacional pro-Ciudadania (ISEC)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

ISEC is a home for approximately 80 children and young adults, with seven separate social and educational programs designed to improve the lives of children in the barrios of Rio de Janeiro. The children use the training rooms to learn fundamental computer and internet skills, which increases their level of literacy.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation has awarded a grant to ISEC’s Programa Abrigo, for the furnishings and operational expenses of three vocational training rooms in three of Programa Abrigo’s homes.

We have also supplied a grant to ISEC’s Programa Abrigo for multimedia and educational training for the mentally and/or physically handicapped children. ISEC utilizes a “mainstreaming” approach in which the non-handicapped students work and socialize with the handicapped children.

The Centro Estudos e Ações Solidárias da Maré (CEASM) Program

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

CEASM was founded by the inhabitants of Mare to improve the poverty conditions through access to culture, technology, and other influences otherwise not available to local residents. In order to achieve their goal, they provide courses in foreign languages, computing, reading, photography, video, music, theater, capoeira, etc.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation has provided the resources and funding to acquire computers and install wiring in the computer room.

The Fundacao Americo de Viveiros Program

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fundacao Americo de Viveiros is an organization that provides vocational training for children living in the Favela of Turano.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation has funded twelve computers, a printer, and a scanner for the Fundacao Americo de Viveiros’ existing computer room. OSF also provides funds on a continuing basis to supply children attending classes with a proper lunch.

The Centro de Ações Integradas Novo Horizonte Program

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Centro de Ações Integradas Novo Horizonte is the home of approximately ninety children ranging from infants to 14 year-olds. All the children receive schooling at the facility, and children ages 14 and older can be trained in silk printing techniques – from design to final product.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation has provided Centro de Ações Integradas Novo Horizonte computer equipment and classroom supplies. In addition, OSF provides ongoing funding for proper lunches for the children attending lessons at the facility.

The Proyecto Uerê Program

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Proyecto Uerê was founded ten years ago by Ms. Yvonne Bezerra de Mello. It is a nonprofit organization focused on teaching at risk children and youth living in a permanent state of conflict. The children at Proyecto Uere are traumatized by constant exposure to violence resulting in learning disabilities. Ms. Bezerra de Mello created the Uerê-Mello methodology, designed to help the children overcome their learning disabilities in order to increase the quality of their education. The project serves 430 children.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

OSF provides a grant to pay for a teacher’s salary.

The Associação Vida Jovem(VJ)

São Paulo, Brazil

Vida Jovem was founded in 1987 in the neighborhood of Ipiranga, São Paulo, on the edge of the city’s largest shanty town, known as Heliopolis. The program was inspired on the successful Boys Hope Girls Hope program of the US and sought to offer a stable, family-like home environment for children who the child welfare agencies determined could no longer live with their own families. By 2009 VJ had 6 homes with 10 children in each. Seeing the need to reinforce the educational concepts being taught at the public schools, VJ began providing its residents tutoring in English, Portuguese, Math as well as classes in computers, dance, music, sports, art and theatre. In 2009 with the change in the adoption law that prioritized returning children to a family member or putting them up for adoption within the shortest possible period, Vida Jovem saw the demand dwindle for its long-term care through its group homes. The VJ Board then decided to work towards preparing the teens in its homes and from the surrounding impoverished communities for the job market through professional courses coupled with the core class tutoring, computer skills and life/ career coaching.

Currently, residential care is provided through VJ’s partner and neighbor, Fundação Nossa Senhora de Ipiranga (FUNSAI) that maintains 2 homes for up to 20 children. Vida Jovem offers professional skills in Computer Maintenance, Web Design, Administration and Electrician to the FUNSAI residents as well as from the community. All participate in a 20 hour a week program for 6 months in addition to their regular school. The VJ program includes the selected professional skill plus core class tutoring (English, Math and Portuguese), peer group discussions, job interviewing techniques and corporate behavior classes. At the end of the program VJ helps the youth obtain paid apprenticeships and a mentor to provide on-going coaching. In addition VJ offers career seminars for up to 800 youth and their families.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation provides ongoing funding for the Web Design, Computer Maintenance and basic computer skills classes annually. With The Orphaned Starfish Foundation’s support, many youth each year are starting computer-related careers and taking the first step on a path leading to higher education, active participation in the communities from which they come and to becoming catalysts for positive change.

Associação de Assistência à Criança Surda – AACS

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Founded in 1956, AACS assists children with hearing deficiencies and/or speaking and learning disabilities at the age of 0 to 18 who are forwarded by public schools where they cannot be attended. AACS maintains their own school where the small children are educated and when they are ready to be included in public schools, AACS continues to offer pedagogical support. Many of the children come from very poor backgrounds, considered as “social risks”. Their families receive orientation and support from AACS´s social and psychological service.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation has provided the resources and funds to furnish a computer center. We also were able to fund computer hardware and software upgrades, teachers annual salary, operational costs, programs, and internet access. OSF will also continue to provide ongoing financial support ensuring the kids of AACS a secure future.

The Hogar San Francisco Program

Santiago, Chile

Hogar San Francisco, founded in 1889, is a home for battered girls in the poorer outskirts of Santiago, Chile. The home is dedicated to providing shelter, guidance, and education for sexually abused girls ranging from ages 4 to 18 years old. The girls are placed at Hogar by either one of their parents or by a recommendation from the judicial system of Chile. The girls attend classes at community schools but return to the home for psychiatric treatment, meals and to sleep.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

We provided an initial grant to build the computer center. Additional funds were provided for computer hardware and software upgrades, teachers’ salaries, operational costs, programs, and internet access.

Amparo de Niños

Bogota, Colombia

Amparo de Niños is a “Home of opportunity” that actively engages children and adolescents, in structuring their life. Founded 51 years ago, the Amparo de Ninos is an exclusive organization that has been recognized for its comprehensive approach to protect children and adolescents, with quality standards supported by the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF). The program guarantees an intervention from the perspective of rights, providing opportunities for family and social integration.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation helps by providing financial support to maintain the computer center, we also pay for teacher’s annual salary. The computer center serves as an opportunity for girls and adolescents to develop computer skills for their academic success. OSF will also continue to provide ongoing financial support ensuring the children a secure future.

Fundamor

Cali, Colombia

Founded in 1992, Fundamor is an NGO based in Cali Colombia that provides housing, nutrition, comprehensive health care, and education to children living with HIV/AIDS. The organization serves approximately 60 children ranging from newborns to eighteen years of age. In addition, Fundamor works to increase public awareness of the risks of HIV and AIDS in the community. The foundation is partially funded by the Colombian Family Welfare Institute.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

OSF provided a grant to expand an existing computer room at Fundamor. The grants funded the purchase of new computers and peripherals, as well as the salary of an Information Technology teacher who provides computer literacy classes and maintain the computers. The computer room is used primarily by the resident children, volunteers and interns at Fundamor. The room will also be open to children from the surrounding community who don’t have access to computers.

OSF is working with Conexión Colombia to coordinate the implementation of the grant. Founded in 2003, Conexión Colombia is a non-profit organization that channels resources efficiently and transparently from abroad to a portfolio of non-profit organizations and pre-screened projects with high social impact in Colombia.

The World Is In Your Hands

Choco, Colombia

The World Is In Your Hands provides assistance to women who are vulnerable due to displacement, violence, and abandonment. The program allows them to be productive for themselves, their families, and society. The program started in the municipality of Pretoria, in Choco, for a population of 15 children, aged between 6 and 11 years. Their aim is to offer mothers who are the head in the home, the opportunity to attain computer training- thus open up both educational and economic spaces, which require the use of the internet, as well as the ability to show them that “the world is in their hands”.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation funded the furnishing of an educational computer center. We funded ten computers, a printer, a scanner, and the maintenance of the center. The computers and courses will prepare the students for their future and professional careers. OSF has provided funding to expand the computing workshop for more than 40 children ranging from the ages of 6 to 18 years. OSF will also continue to provide ongoing financial support.

Casa Hogar de La Chinca House

Medellin, Colombia

Casa Hogar de La Chinca House, located in Medellin, Colombia, is a nonprofit organization that provides for approximately 60 female adolescents who have been physically and/or emotionally abused. These young women all come from dysfunctional family environments and have little or no access to higher education or job training. La Chinca provides a safe living environment where the girls are provided educational assistance, food and clothing, social and ethical training, and psychological and social support.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

The Orphaned Starfish enables all these children to have the access to computers, educational assistance, and mentor support- all required to excel academically. OSF funded the furnishing of an educational computer center. They funded fourteen computers, two printers and scanners, the maintenance of the center, and will also continue to provide financial support. Orphaned Starfish is also committed to providing these women with secure employment opportunities after they leave the orphanage.

Senderos de Paz

Medellin, Colombia

Senderos de Paz is a home designed for children ranging from ages 3 to 10, who are among the vulnerable social strata of the village of San Cristobal belonging to the tumoltuos climate-city of Medellin. Providing education, food, and entertainment to more than 60 children who later come out with the basis of nutritional values ​​and education to continue with their training in different institutions of the municipality.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation provided financial support for the implementation of a computer room for children ranging from the ages of 4 to 10 years from Senderos de Paz. OSF will continue to provide ongoing support for the children of Senderos de Paz, ensuring a secure future.

The Nuevas Oportunidades Program

San Rafeal Heredia, Costa Rica

The Nuevas Oportunidades project was created to provide computer training to children and young adults. Approximately 36 children and young adults from a shelter in the province of Heredia and a group of approximately 80 children from the “Los Angeles” school in San Rafael Heredia will be able to attend this program. Many of them come from dysfunctional families and have little or no access to higher education. The training will focus on enabling the children to find better paying opportunities after they leave the shelters.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation provided funds to furnish a computer center, and will continue to provide ongoing financial support.

La Posada de Belén

La Garita, Alajuela, Costa Rica

The Posada de Belén is a home for girls between the ages of eleven and eighteen, who have children of their own. Regardless of their nationality or belief system the program takes them in with open arms. La Posada helps them adjust to their new role as a mother by ensuring that all of their needs are met. After having their baby, the girls spend six months at La Posada before they return to their homes. In 2009, a new board was elected with a vision to educate these girls and give them the tools that they need in order to learn a trade, get a job, and not have to return to the place where they were victimized. Our new mission is to educate, because we believe that if we educate one teenage mother we will be educating 1000 future generations. In providing these opportunities, we are simultaneously educating the girls and making a difference in their children’s lives, by giving them something that their mothers never had: an education, the right to play, and support for their dreams. We believe that they have the right to be what they want to be, so we give them a range of options to choose which career path they prefer. With this being said, we guarantee that once they reach the age of eighteen, they will be able to have a job with the career skills they acquired at the Posada.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation furnished and equipped the computer center with the installation of 10 computers, internet access, Rosetta Stone English software, and also pays for teacher’s annual salary. These advances contribute to the overall goal of improving young mother’s education so that they have the skills and self-confidence to continue their studies and thereby break the cycle of poverty for their children and future generations.

The Orfanato Niños De Cristo Program

La Romana, Dominican Republic

Orfanato Niños De Cristo was founded ten years ago by Sonia Hane, a native Dominican, who had been living in the United States for several years when she felt a strong call to return to her country to open a home devoted to abandoned, abused, or parentless children. The mission of the orphanage is to provide a safe home, family, and education to these children and to prepare them for adulthood. There are currently 124 children in the orphanage. Adoption in the Dominica Republic is extremely difficult because of past abuses of the system; therefore almost all of the children that come to the orphanage Niños De Cristo will stay until they are young adults and can find their way out into society.

In March of 2008, with the help of various donors, a vocational school building was completed with four classrooms. The primary challenge of today is to provide all the children with an opportunity to improve the overall quality of their education and especially to provide the older children with a vocation so they can leave the orphanage and start lives on their own.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

OSF has equipped the classrooms with approximately thirty new computers as well as pays a teacher’s salary on a continuing basis. The goals of the new vocational computer center are to introduce all the children to typing, computer usage, and standard computer skills, allowing them to use the computers for their schoolwork, connect to the world through the internet, and use these skills to qualify for gainful employment.

The Centro de Formación y Capacitación Cabarete Program

Puerto Plata, The Dominican Republic

In 2007, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Puerto Plata established a vocational training center in the township of Cabarete. The training center offers courses at no cost to children and youth, in various subject areas including information technology. These children are extremely poor and most of them suffer from physical disabilities. In addition to receiving vocational education and training, the participants experience increased self-esteem and benefit from moral and civic empowerment that helps keep them away from crime. To date, the center has benefited children who otherwise would have no access to computer training and jobs and facilitated job placement in the labor market and helped promote the self-development of these at-risk youth through basic vocational training and the use of information technology.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

OSF provided funds to furnish and equip the computer center located inside the Centro de Formación y Capacitación de Cabarete, as well as pay the salary for an IT instructor.

Haz Un Amigo, Mejora Tu Comunidad

La Libertad, El Salvador

Haz Un Amigo, Mejora Tu Comunidad was founded under the Mercedario’s regional administration, Señora de la Paz, in its interest to contribute to societal problems. All the children and youth, orphans and at-risk youth, in this particular area are exposed to a variety of at-risk situations, particularly the marginal zones which have less economical resources, which doesn’t allow them to satisfy their basics needs. These children are even more vulnerable to climatic disasters and to social problems, such as violence, vandalism, drug addiction, alcoholism, gang groups, etc., adding the shortage of opportunities to personal development and proactive life. Haz Un Amigo, Mejora Tu Comunidad’s project is a community center that provides computer training to children and young adults. Approximately 200 to 300 children and young adults from the ages of 5 through 19 will be able to take advantage of the Orphaned Starfish Vocational Training Center we will establish through this grant.

Haz Un Amigo, Mejora Tu Comunidad works in the following areas: serving children and youth within the community, sponsorships for 280 children with food and education; meals 3 times a week in two schools located in the marginal areas, la Reforma y el Espino; orphanage for teenagers (15 teenagers), annual summer classes and camps (during vacation period) for children, camps an free music courses for teenagers, and psychological attention.

Haz Un Amigo, and we, believe that education is a lifeline to the children in El Salvador—it is essential to overcome the negative impacts related to natural disasters and a long-term approach to mitigating issues arising from armed-conflict. An informed and educated generation of young people can heal and restore the country.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation provides a computer center that will serve children and teenagers from the ages of 5-19, who are currently, experience the affects of a broken family or affected by alcoholism, economic crisis, emigration, limited access to formal education, absence of health services, etc.

The program will allow the children and youth individually and formative, they will acquire basic knowledge in English language and computation, They will have support in the completion of their homework, through the use of computer and internet; also learning the development of creativity, creating, making images, music and basic knowledge about video editing, promoting values, etc. We want to give them valuables tools to compete in the work market or apply to entrepreneurship and opt for a better life quality. In a social plane, the program will prevent the actual problems the children and youth face on a daily basis: gangs, violence, and family disintegration, addiction conducts such as drugs and alcoholism that affect their society.

ECF and ECF Village

Addis Ababa and Aleltu, Ethiopia

ECF Village’s main feature is the school-based child safety net that comes with an integrated set of basic health, nutrition and education services, and a model which has proven to be cost-effective and sustainable in the context of Ethiopia, a large African country with among the highest concentrations of poverty in Africa.

Since it began operations, eight classroom blocks and learning facilities have been constructed, complete with equipment, furniture and a health clinic. ECF Village has provided 10 years of schooling, health care and nutrition to 411 primarily orphans and poor children, and conducted HIV/AIDS awareness training among 15,000 community members. It has built a communal kitchen, a feeding center, a dairy farm, and developed seven hectares of cultivated land for producing grains and vegetables for the Child-Feeding Program. It has undertaken and promoted good agricultural practices. It has done this while conserving the environment, mainly the introduction of bio-gas energy, tree planting and environmental education activities.

Currently there are 411 children enrolled, between the ages of 4-17, with roughly equal gender equality. The classes range from Kindergarten to 10th grade. In collaboration with the local communities and authorities, which assist with the selection of beneficiary children, ECF has been enrolling approximately 35-40 children every year; their ages range from 4 to 6, and they usually join from kindergarten. Today, the first class of students have reached 10th grade in 2010 and they will take national examination for the completion of high school.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

OSF will provide funds to build a Technical and Vocational Training Center at the ECF Village. The center is expected to allow the children to learn computer and technical skill to help them obtain employment in areas like information communication technology, hospitality and tourism, construction, textile and sewing. In addition, OSF will also provide funds to pay the salary of two teachers.

Centro del Muchacho Trabajador

Quito, Ecuador

The Working Boys’ Center – Family of Families (WBC) is a private, legally incorporated non-profit social organization.  During the past 50 years, it has developed and maintained supportive and formational programs for working children, as well as for their entire families. Its overall emphasis is on the promotion and strengthening of moral values and its activities are in the areas of health, education, nutrition, housing improvement. The objectives of improving the quality of education of students and graduated students securing employment requires that WBC take seriously the advances being made in ICT as well as in applying this new technology in classroom education and workplace production activities.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation furnished and equipped the computer center with the installation of 15 computers, internet access, Rosetta Stone English software, and also pays for teacher’s annual salary. We serve approximately 500 students in which the center improves their quality of education. We also provide technologically enhanced training in work skills, which will increase awareness of potentially better employments and help their processes of human professional growth.

Colectivo Vida Digna

Guatemala

Colectivo Vida Digna was created in 2010 on the basis of the real needs of young people to increase their opportunities in an adverse socio- political context. We asked, “How can we help young people and communities get to have a decent life in Guatemala despite the structural problems?” The answer was to create a program that meets the personal, cultural, educational and employment needs of young people. The issues they specialize in are Guatemalan migration, local and indigenous culture and psychosocial care to youth and families in rural areas. They are part of the bi – national network GCRRP coordinating family reunification and reintegration of young migrants who have been detained in the U.S. and return to Guatemala. This program seeks viable opportunities socio-political participation where the importance of culture and the economy are intertwined.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation equipped the center with 5 computers installed with the full software of Microsoft Office, as well as other educational software for the kids. The foundation also pays the salary for 10 computer teachers on continuing basis. Participants of the center run between the ages of 14-18 years of age.

The HELO Inc. Program

Les Cayes, Haiti

Founded in 2007, HELO started its orphanage in a rented house approximately 20 minutes outside of the city of Les Cayes with ten children selected by Co-Founder/Haiti Director Jean Phares Beaucejour. HELO is an acronym for Home Education Love Opportunity which is what they strive to provide to orphaned and abandoned children in their care. Homes are family units, housing 10-12 children with house-parents, a housekeeper and a cook. Children receive three meals a day, a lot of love, medical care, and a quality education. Opportunity, will come from the self esteem, self-confidence, values and education (scholastic and vocational) learned at HELO.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation funded the furnishing of a computer classroom, which includes cabinets, computer desk tops, and chairs. We also funded ten computers, a printer, antivirus software, monthly internet service, reading horizon software, and Microsoft Office. We continue to provide internet connectivity on an annual basis and pay the for the Teacher’s Salary. OSF will continue to provide ongoing financial support.

Sociedad Amigos de Los Niños

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

SAN’s Flor Azul program in Tegucigalpa and Comayaguela, Honduras provides homes and protection for at-risk street children in, as well as balanced meals, educational opportunities, psychological and medical care. They care for 51 boys who are currently attending elementary and high school. Flor Azul also includes a youth farm where boys learn valuable skills involving training in agriculture, animal health, aviculture, vegetables and plantains farming, animal traction and soil. Through Flor Azul’s Learning-by-Doing method, they expect to achieve sustainability by producing foodstuff for sale and consumption.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

OSF contributes by funding and furnishing a computer center for Flor Azul. We provide computers, software and a teacher’s salary, as well as installation and maintenance, and care of supplies. The skills the students acquire in the center help give them an alternative to life on the streets.

The Asilo Primavera Program

México City, México

Asilo Primavera, established in 1908, focuses on providing shelter, housing, food, and education for more than 100 abandoned, impoverished, or parentless children, ages 6-18. Asilo Primavera’s goal is to integrate the children as responsible young adults into society by providing them with the necessary tools and support, such as school and regular computer classes.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

In 2002, The Orphaned Starfish foundation made a grant to Asilo Primavera to accelerate the learning process through regular computer classes. The grant was utilized to purchase additional computers and printers, software, 180 books for computer learning, and other support items. OSF’s support has already improved Asilo Primavera, with reports from the teachers showing increased computer awareness and an improvement in the students” ability to use computer hardware and software. In 2009, OSF provided funds to purchase ten new computers for the computer center. The foundation also pays the salary for a computer teacher on continuing basis.

The Ciudad de Los Niños Program

La Paz, Baja California, México

Ciudad de los Niños, a foster home, provides a safe haven for 150 abused and abandoned children. These children usually suffer from low self-esteem due to physical and/or emotional abuse, and are in need of special care and acceptance. The foster home creates a family environment where values and good habits are stressed, and where the children can interact in a stable environment, fostering the development of their personalities. In addition, the Ciudad de los Niños gives the children the opportunity to get an education and trade training allowing them to leave the home with the tools that will enable them to succeed.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

OSF provided funds to construct and furnish the computer room to help bolster the home’s education program.

The Kaambal Project

Yucatán, Mexico

The Kaambal Project is a computer school in Espita, Yucatan that supports more than 300 local children, as well as children from surrounding communities, by providing computer training lessons. The school began classes on September 9th, 2006 and due to its success additional night courses were added to meet the demand for the computers and equipment.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation provided funds and resources for building the infrastructure and purchasing of computer equipment. The foundation also funds salaries of teachers and maintenance of the facility.

The Ojos Que Sienten Project

México City, México

Ojos Que Sienten, founded in August 2006, is an organization dedicated to integrating visually impaired individuals into society professionally, academically and socially. This program provides vocational training and support, as well as access to special software and hardware for computers, printers, and productivity tools. The center’s learning approach is heavily focused on the arts.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation provided the center with computers, special equipment and software for the visually impaired.

The Hogar de Niñas Madre Albertina

Granada, Nicaragua

Hogar de Niñas Madre Albertina is a home for social orphans in Granada, Nicaragua run by an order of nuns called the Madre Albertina. It has the capacity to house and care for 30 girls, ages 4-16 and provides day to day care for another 20. The orphans are from a variety of backgrounds including physical and sexual abuse, drugs, or simply abject poverty. The hogar is a safe haven providing 3 meals a day, schooling outside the hogar, transportation to and from school, and a permanent staff including two educators, a psychologist, a social worker and a cook. Their aim is to prepare the girls for the world outside when they leave.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

OSF provided a grant for the supplies and installation of a computer room in the hogar. The grant covers laptops and furnishings, snacks for the students before their lessons, English language learning software and a teacher’s salary. The computer room will provide marketable skills for the girls at Hogar de Niñas Madre Albertina that they can use when they leave and enter the real world.

The Asilo Malambo Program

Orfelinato San Jose de Malambo, Panama

Founded in 1890, Asilo Malambo fosters children and young adults from all backgrounds but mostly orphans. Currently, Asilo Malambo cares for approximately 150 girls, including 30 HIV positive children, and serves a community of over four hundred people.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation funded the furnishing of a computer classroom with thirteen computers and peripherals, four printers, air-conditioning unit. We continue to provide internet connectivity on an annual basis.

The Hogar San Vicente de Paul Program

Colon, Panama

Founded in 1893, Hogar San Vicente de Paul (Compañía de las Hijas de la Caridad de San Vicente de Paul) provides care for 45 girls ranging in age from 6 to 16 by providing shelter, food, clothing, healthcare, and education. They come from backgrounds of severe violence and abuse, exposed to adult domestic violence, neglect and extreme poverty. Some of the girls are from rural areas without access to education and some have lost their parents to prison. The girls suffer from depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of concentration, and as a result have low academic performance. Some of the girls even suffer from malnutrition, learning or physical disabilities. The orphanage is dedicated to improving the physical and emotional well being of the abandoned children living in the home and is committed to improving the quality of their education by providing access to information and communication technologies.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

OSF provided the funds to furnish and equip a computer center located inside Hogar San Vicente de Paul, and continues to pay the salary for an IT instructor.

The Hogar Parroquia de Fatima

Chame, Panama

Founded in February 2010, Hogar Parroquia de Fatima located on Chame countryside, provides a multitude of services. There is a nursery for working Mothers, a primary school for all the children in the neighborhood, and an orphanage for children in need. It also includes a home for elderly care.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

OSF provided the funds for 10 computers and all equipment for the computer lab. The computer lab is used by the orphanage and the primary school in the community.

The Hogar Montecarmelo

Chorillo, Panama

Founded in February 2010, Hogar Montecarmelo is temporary housing for teenagers that have the aspiration to complete their studies, located at the sector of Chorrillo, Panama. These teens come from humble families with very low resources. Usually these teens live as far as 2 to 4 hours away from the closest school. Sometimes to reach school they have to walk, take a horse or even take a canoe to get to school on time. This institute is like a home for them with all the normal rules. They stay in the institute for 15 days at a time, and return home for the weekend every two weeks. They continue in that routine until the end of school year.

How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

OSF provided the funds for 15 computers and all the equipment for the computer lab. The lab is used by the teens that are part of the institute.

Immaculate Parish Elementary School

Manchay, Peru

Immaculate Parish Elementary School is located in Manchay, a neighborhood outside of Lima, Peru. The parish serves 240 students and their families who contend with varying degrees of poverty. The parish community center in Manchay is aimed at alleviating poverty by fighting chronic malnutrition, neglect, abuse, and by keeping students in school. It caters to as many as 15,000 people and seeks to give their students skills with which they can support themselves and improve the community of Manchay.

How the Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

OSF’s grant pays for a computer room at the parish community center equipped with furniture, technology for twenty computers and a teacher’s salary

La Casa de Todos Program

Juncos, Puerto Rico

Since 1981, La Casa de Todos at Juncos PR, affiliated with Boys, Girls and mothers provides residential and educational support to children who have been placed in its care by family courts due to sexual and/or physical abuse, neglect, abandonment and/or extreme poverty. These children and their families are evaluated for the possibility that they could be reunited one day, or, if not possible, the children are put up for adoption. Often, the children continue at La casa de Todos until they turn 12 years old. La Casa de Todos is located in the Mango neighborhood of Juncos, Puerto Rico.

How the Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps

The Orphaned Starfish Foundation funded the furnishing of an educational computer center. We funded six computers, a printer, Microsoft Office software, and the maintenance of the center. The computers and courses will prepare the students for their future and professional careers. OSF helps by improving self-esteem and confidence, prepare youth for job market and post-secondary school educational programs, promote social and digital inclusion, complement education offered in schools with core course tutoring, languages, technology and sport, and foster sense of citizenship and strong moral values. OSF will continue to provide ongoing financial support.