COVID‑19 update for Nazareth Orphanage
Every child deserves a home and to be loved. Help Outreach for Nazareth Orphanage provide much needed housing, education and support for the lost, the left behind and the less fortunate.
In 2017, realizing the ever-present danger of human trafficking of at-risk young girls, Outreach for Nazareth Orphanage (OFNO) initiated a fundraising campaign “Girls Everywhere Matter” (GEM) to raise $750,000 for the development of additional campus facilities beginning with a dormitory and dining facility designed to accommodate up to 50 young orphaned girls for the first time at the Nazareth Orphanage in Tecate, Mexico. These facilities will provide the girls with the same safety and life-sustaining necessities as the orphaned boys.
Outreach For Nazareth Orphanage (OFNO) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that works to support the fundraising and volunteer efforts that benefit all at-risk young boys and girls at the Nazareth Orphanage in Tecate, Mexico. OFNO’s efforts help the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and of the Poor provide a safe home environment as well as other necessities needed to support the children.
Mexico is an origin, transit and destination country for trafficking victims. Investigations have risen by one third in the last few years, but the country is having trouble tackling the problem. All of us can do our part to save one child at time.
Homeless children in Mexico are orphaned
Orphan children rely on the goodwill of strangers
Human trafficking victims are never rescued
Four Saturdays during the school year, OFNO volunteers travel to Nazareth Orphanage in Tecate, Mexico to participate in a day of volunteering alongside the children and Sisters. The daylong trips begin early in the morning, and volunteers return to San Diego that same day. Volunteers help with maintenance projects such as gardening or painting the facilities. We are so grateful to those that assist, and no experience is necessary. Help us make a difference!
Our trips for the next school year are scheduled for November 13, 2021*, January 15, 2022 and March 26, 2022. (Note: Trips may be canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please check our Website often for updated information.)
NOTE: Father Kelly and the Board of Outreach For Nazareth Orphanage (OFNO) have been keeping in close contact with the Sisters Of The Sacred Heart and of the Poor who care for the children at the orphanage. Father Kelly and some of the board members plan on meeting the new Mother Superior at the orphanage to personally welcome her. She has been informed of our construction plans and is very enthusiastic and supportive. This will be the board’s first look at the orphanage since our last trip over a year ago. We are sure we will come back with many projects for us to work on when it is safe to return.
In the meantime, the travel constraints between the United States and Mexico have been officially extended restricting travel to Mexico for at least another 30 days. As a result of these restrictions and the ongoing pandemic, our trip planned for September 25, 2021, has been reluctantly cancelled for the safety of the children and the volunteers. Our intention is to make four trips to the orphanage within the next twelve months when travel restrictions are lifted, and it is safe to travel. The Board will continue to monitor the situation to determine when we will be able to safely travel. Please pray for us, the sisters, and the children so that we can continue to pursue our mission of providing them with a safe and spiritual home full of the promises of Christ, grounded in the virtues of faith, hope, and love.
Human trafficking is the number two global crime. Few resources exist to help children escape this horrific trauma, and even fewer across the border, from where many young girls originate. 85% of Mexico's trafficked victims are female. Here's how you can help.WAYS TO SUPPORT OFNO
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