WHO WE ARE
WHAT WE DO
Our mission is to empower disadvantaged youth and children in Mexico by collaborating on sustainable educational and social programs.
We are a non-profit organization that provides quality education, shelter, and guidance for children in need through financial support and volunteer work.
We primarily support Santa Maria del Mexicano, a group home and school, located in the state of Querétaro, Mexico.
Since its founding in 2000, Hope for Children has contributed resources leading to major improvements in both the services provided to the children and in the numbers served. An average of 300 children live at Santa Maria, and the facilities are presenting opportunities not imagined only 10 years ago.
Hope For Children is operated by a board made up of Coloradans who generously donate their time and effort. Its members have been instrumental in the success of Santa Maria del Mexicano.
Lupina Mercado de Calzada
Santa Maria del Mexicano has facilities in and around the town of Colón in the state of Querétaro, Mexico. Colón is about 30 miles from the state's capital city, Santiago de Querétaro, and under 200 miles northwest of Mexico City. It has a mild climate, at a little over a mile above sea level, and the economy is primarily centered on livestock and agriculture.
Santa Maria is made up of four different homes for children. The adolescent girls and small girls have accommodations within the town of Colón, and the adolescent boys and small boys have two different quarters in the countryside outside of town. There is also a nursing center for a small number of elderly and developmentally disabled people.
In 1975, Father Clifford Norman left his Colorado parish for missionary work in Latin America not imagining what would keep him there for the rest of his life. He had intended to go to Guatemala, but instead found that he was needed in central Mexico.
He set out to turn an abandoned monastery into a home for abandoned children. It was far from inhabitable then. There were no doors, no windows, no electricity, and the water was questionable.
Determined to give these children a better life, he called on his friends and former congregation members in Colorado for support. In 2000, a group of dedicated volunteers and donors decided to formalize their relationship with Santa Maria by establishing the Hope for Children Foundation.
Father Norman, who was known in Santa Maria as Padre Antonio, passed away in 2013 at the age of 82, but his legacy lives on.
Santa Maria, home for adolescent boys and middle school school classrooms
San Jose, home for small boys and elementary school classrooms
Casa de Jovenes, home for adolescent girls
Casa de Niñas, home for small girls
Asilo de San Jose, home for elderly and disabled
St. Filomena Chapel, a place of worship for the community
The colorful streets of Colón.
A view of the landscape at Santa Maria
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