Who We Serve

We serve orphanages because we believe every child deserves to thrive, no matter their living situation. Ideally, every child would have the opportunity to live in an environment as close to a family as possible. However, the reality is that orphanages will be part of the sociocultural landscape in most countries for the foreseeable future, and the children who live there deserve the best possible care. That’s where we come in.

How We Select Orphanage Partners

We’re always on the lookout for orphanage directors who, with the proper support, have the potential to create a high standard of care for their kids. Somewhere between the poorest and wealthiest orphanages, there are many “aspiring” orphanages who have demonstrated the desire and the ability to see the children successfully through to adulthood– they simply need a little help to get there.

We partner with orphanage directors who are eager to become better leaders, and we help provide the support and resources they need to fulfill their vision for the kids. The following graphic outlines each phase on the road to certification:

Honoring Tradition

Throughout this process, we encourage the orphanage directors to maintain their existing goals and traditions. We’re not here to tell them what to do, we’re just here to help them do it even better.

We’re working with orphanages in Mexico, Haiti and Bulgaria

Rancho de los Niños
Rancho de los Niños (formerly known as Casa de Paz) is run by Jorge and Elie Fonseca, who after attending college got married and returned to the orphanage where they grew up. The facility is well established, hosting an average of 80 children ranging in age from babies to late teenagers. ACHF provides 95% of this facility’s volunteer, remodeling, and maintenance support. ACHF has been working with Rancho de los Niños since 2011. Rancho de los Niños is currently at the Invested level in the certification process.
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Nuestra Familia
Nuestra Familia is located in Tijuana, Mexico, just 15 minutes from the San Diego and the U.S. border. It is run day-to-day by Juan and Emma Villagran, a retired couple originally from Guatemala. The relationship between this couple and the nearly 50 children they help care for is awe-inspiring. ACHF has been working with Nuestra Familia since 2017. Nuestra Familia is currently at the Invested level in the certification process.
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Buena Vida
Buena Vida is located just south of the U.S. border, near San Diego, in La Mision, Mexico. It is run by a couple native to Mexico, Gabriel and Meche. Since Gabriel and Meche took over management, the living conditions have improved dramatically. Currently, the location is home to 25 children. The facility was recently expanded by land that was purchased and built upon by ACHF donors and volunteers, allowing for future growth of up to 40 children. ACHF has been working with Buena Vida since 2011. Under the current management, Buena Vida is now at the Pledged level in the certification process.
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Rancho Del Niño - Guaymas
Rancho Del Niño (in Guaymas) is a Spanish-style home with a central courtyard for children to play. The orphanage is run by Catholic nuns from the area who have been the traditional caregivers since the 1980s. The orphanage houses an average of 25 children from newborns to late teens, and guests and volunteers stay on-site. Rancho Del Niño is located in Guaymas, Mexico, and is run by the Catholic church. Nuns are called to serve at the orphanage for 3-5 years at a time. The orphanage also receives quite a bit of leadership from Arturo, who has lived at the orphanage since he was a child. Arturo is currently attending a university in the area and is studying business. He is a great role model for the children and a consistent aspect of their lives. We’ve been working with Rancho Del Niño since 2014. Rancho Del Niño is currently at the Pledged level in the certification process.
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CSEDI - Haiti
CSEDI Orphanage (Centre de secours des enfants en difficulté – “Rescue Center for the Needy Children”) holds a special place in the hearts of ACHF volunteers. While constructing our first orphanage in Haiti in 2003, the ACHF team and our volunteers came to know a strong young man in his late teens named Dovick Joseph. Today, Dovick and his wife are the directors of CSEDI. They are saving the lives of Haitian children who would otherwise be abandoned and living homeless. CSEDI is currently at the Pledged level in the certification process.
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Casa Hogar de la Esperanza’s director Martin and his wife Sarahi are the most important figures for the 47 children, adolescents and young people who live with them. Martin is convinced that the process of training these children does not end when they legally become adults at 18 years of age, but that this process takes longer. For this reason, the young adults, by choice, remain in the orphanage until they achieve the minimum standards of independence and decent housing, resulting in a safer transition to independent adult life. The orphanage has a library, music room, computer room, classrooms or study halls, movie theater, a stage, a blacksmith workshop, a carpentry workshop and a mechanic workshop. All of these areas are available for children and teens to explore their interests. Esperanza is currently at the Pledged level in the certification process.
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La Hermosa
Rancho La Hermosa Orphanage is in its third year of caring for kids. The building of the Ranch was conducted over four years. They are one of the few fully licensed and accredited orphanages in Baja. Rancho La Hermosa represents a beautiful blend of Mexican and American leadership. They have an amazing team dedicated to the health and well being of our kids. They are intentional about raising kids in smaller dorm groups with loving dorm parents. La Hermosa is currently at the Pledged level in the certification process.
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Published Orphanage Improvement Roadmaps

An Orphanage Improvement Roadmap is a plan we create alongside the orphanage directors about the vision and goals they have for their home. They can use these documents to give all of their donors and partners an efficient way to collaborate in supporting them. Here are the most recent Orphanage Improvement Roadmaps for each orphanage.

We are currently expanding which means we will have more partners in the future! Check back to learn about our newest orphanage partners.

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