We work with high-risk communities to provide healing and hope to children and families facing poverty, gang-related violence, and persecution.
Areas in which we serve include:
- Peace education-based Montessori pre-school
- Women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship
- Family and community strengthening
- Leadership development
- Building peaceful relationships at home
- Serving children and families with extreme risk of forced migration and human trafficking/li>
Saint Francis collaborates with Familias Solidarias of Honduras to provide healing and hope to children and families through shared projects in two communities known for high poverty and violence in the capital of Tegucigalpa.
Through two transformation centers, Saint Francis and Familias Solidarias provide safe space and positive programming for children exposed to poverty, domestic and community violence, substance use, and risk of gang involvement.
Outreach projects include:
- Family preservation initiatives
- Counseling and youth capacity building
- Anti-bullying training for schools
- Medical brigades
- Early childhood interventions
- Educational/Vocational training for youth
Hope Knows No Borders
As a ministry, we’re called to serve the poor, the orphaned, the widowed, the powerless, the marginalized, and the dispossessed – wherever they live. Be part of the solution. Join us in our efforts to provide hope and healing to children and families in other parts of the world whose safety and well-being are threatened. We are called to serve all God’s people.
International Social Service – USA
Saint Francis and ISS-USA have partnered to provide cross-border social services to children and families separated by voluntary or forced migration, adoption, abduction, or human trafficking where we work.
Saint Francis serves as ISS-USA’s liaison in El Salvador and together we provide educational sessions for U.S. social workers, court personnel, and other professionals engaged in child welfare and protection.
Saint Francis has collaborated with International Social Service-USA to produce a Spanish-language version of “Children on the Move”, a detailed guide of best practices to aid those working with migrating children and families throughout the Americas. The free book is now available for distribution to government entities, NGOs, social workers, religious organizations and others working to safeguard migrating children and prevent further trauma due to family separations.
The English version of “Children on the Move” can be found here.
Saint Francis ha colaborado con International Social Service-USA para producir una versión en español de ” Niñas y Niños en Situación de Migración”, una guía detallada de las mejores prácticas para ayudar a quienes trabajan con niños, niñas y familias migrantes en toda América. El libro gratuito ya está disponible para su distribución a entidades gubernamentales, ONGs, trabajadores sociales, organizaciones religiosas y otras personas que trabajan para proteger a la niñez migrantes y evitar nuevos traumas debido a las separaciones familiares.
Las versiones en inglés y español de “Niños y Niñas en situación se Migración” se pueden encontrar aquí.
Saint Francis participates in the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations Professional Fellows Program. The Fellowship provides for a two-way exchange of emerging leaders from China, Mongolia, and the United States in the areas of environment, philanthropy, legal aid, and community building.
Saint Francis Fellows are selected through an extensive interview process and spend two weeks in China learning about various aspects of the Chinese child welfare system. In turn, Saint Francis hosts Fellows from China eager to learn about our own programs and services.