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About Outreach for Nazareth Orphanage (OFNO.org)

What is OFNO.org?

Outreach for Nazareth Orphanage (OFNO) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that supports Nazareth Orphanage through fundraising and volunteer activities. All donations made to OFNO serve Nazareth Orphanage with extremely low administration costs (less then 3%).

How long has OFNO been helping Nazareth Orphanage?

Father Brian F. Kelly, OFNO President and Spiritual Moderator, has been leading volunteer efforts at Nazareth Orphanage since 1996. In 2014, OFNO.org was approved as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that could benefit the orphanage by way of tax-deductible monetary donations, in addition to OFNO’s volunteer efforts.

How can my organization partner with OFNO?

If your organization would like to partner with OFNO, please send an email to Mike Sapien and Father Kelly, indicating how you’d like to assist us. You may also sign-up to receive OFNO’s newsletter and updates about upcoming volunteer trips. Help spread the word about OFNO and Nazareth Orphanage by sharing our website with friends and family, or following/sharing OFNO’s page on Facebook.

About Nazareth Orphanage

What is Nazareth Orphanage?

Founded by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and of the Poor, Nazareth Orphanage has been helping at-risk young boys in Tecate, Mexico for 50 years. In 2016, fundraising began to build additional dormitories and necessary facilities to accommodate at-risk young girls, too. At the orphanage, the children are provided a safe and loving home environment with the necessities of food and clothing as well as an education.

How are the children placed at Nazareth Orphanage?

The children of Nazareth Orphanage come from various circumstances. The majority of children come from families experiencing extreme hardships (i.e. homelessness and financial inability to properly care for their child). These children are brought to the orphanage by their own parents and families with the hopes that they can one day be permanently reunited.

For some of the children at the orphanage, the Mexican Government has removed them from an unhealthy home environment and placed them in the safe care of Nazareth Orphanage. Other children are orphans without any parents or family.

Who are the residents at Nazareth Orphanage?

Currently, Nazareth Orphanage houses 50-60 young boys between the ages of 4 and 12 years old. There are eight Sisters from the order of the Sacred Heart and of the Poor who live onsite, tending to the children. With the help of the current fundraising campaign, Nazareth Orphanage will be able to welcome young girls, too.

What is Nazareth Orphanage’s Mission of Family Togetherness?

When possible, every effort is made to keep related orphans (i.e. siblings, cousins) together at Nazareth Orphanage. For those children with able parents, Nazareth Orphanage encourages regular parent-child visits—and even facilitates parenting classes. The Mission of Family Togetherness works to strengthen parent-child relationships and keep families together. For those orphans without a family, the Sisters and OFNO volunteers are their family, providing them with faith, hope and love in the direst of circumstances.

Is Nazareth Orphanage owned by the Mexican Government?

No, Nazareth Orphanage is owned and operated by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and of the Poor. The land/property is in the name of the Sisters’ order, so they can continue to control and manage the campus of Nazareth Orphanage, as they’ve been doing for the past 50 years.

Donating to OFNO

How can I donate to OFNO?

Donating to OFNO is easy. Donations can be made online in our secure portal. Donors can even setup re-occurring automatic donations (i.e. monthly donations). If you’d prefer to send donation by check, checks can be made to ‘Nazareth Orphanage,’ and mailed to 7183 Willet Circle, Carlsbad, CA 92011.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes. OFNO is a certified 501(c)3 nonprofit organization: Donations are tax deductible. After you make a donation through the secure online portal, a receipt is automatically generated for your tax reporting purposes. Check donations will be acknowledged through a written letter sent via US Postal Service.

How will my donation benefit Nazareth Orphanage?

Donations made to OFNO provide funding for necessary facilities (i.e. full-equipped laundry room), and the upkeep/maintenance of the orphanage. Currently, fundraising is focused on building facilities to welcome young girls to Nazareth Orphanage:

  • Dormitory for the young girls
  • Kitchen/dining room area to teach core life skills, such as cooking and sewing
  • Chapel to accommodate 150 people for prayer and worship
  • Community Center that can provide classroom space and an indoor play area

Does OFNO accept clothing, toys or other donated items?

At this time, monetary donations through the secure online portal are preferred, so that funding can benefit the most urgent needs of Nazareth Orphanage.

Interested in learning more about us? + Download Donor FAQs

Volunteering for Trips with OFNO

How can I help OFNO and their work with Nazareth Orphanage?

During the school year, OFNO organizes four Saturday volunteer trips to Nazareth Orphanage in Tecate, Mexico. Volunteers leave San Diego in the early morning, caravan 8 miles across the U.S.-Mexico border, and return home in the early evening. Trips typically take place in the months of September, November, January, and March. Register now to volunteer for our next trip!

January’s Saturday volunteer trip coincides with OFNO’s annual Angel Project, which celebrates the Epiphany with the children and Sisters at Nazareth Orphanage. This is a Christmas celebration, where volunteers can sponsor a child and/or travel with OFNO to Nazareth Orphanage to deliver Christmas gifts. To sponsor the Angel Project or to learn more contact us.

What should volunteers wear and/or bring with them?

Volunteers should dress in work or paint clothes as most projects involve painting or cleaning projects. Please bring water. Lunch is provided, but bring your own if you have any dietary restrictions.

Where do volunteers meet for the Saturday trips?

We meet at St. Elizabeth Seton (Carlsbad) parking lot at 7:15AM and carpool to the orphanage. View all current volunteer opportunities.

What do volunteers need to cross the border?

Adults (18 & over) need a passport to re-enter the US on the return into the US. Children (17 & under) will need birth certificates to re-enter the US. For important trip information and driving directions please download: + VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

Where is the orphanage located?

Nazareth Ophanage is located in Tecate, Mexico, just about 8 miles across the border. For important trip information and driving directions please download: + VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

How can I spread the word about OFNO in my community, school or organization?

Volunteers are always needed and welcomed. You can help us spread the word about OFNO by sharing this website with friends and family, or following/sharing OFNO’s page on Facebook.

Have a question we haven’t answered? We’d like to hear from you. Contact us today!

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