Making a Difference One Life at a Time

We help through fundraising, child sponsorship and volunteer efforts in conjunction with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH). Over the last 35 years, Friends of the Orphans Canada has held fundraisers to support projects and construction at the NPH homes in Latin America and the Caribbean.  We facilitate sponsorships which provide direct financial assistance to the orphanage and enhances the childrens lives with a loving connection outside the orphanage.  We also organize volunteer work projects, whereby Canadian volunteers have the opportunity to travel to one of five growing orphanages for 1-2 weeks, living within the orphanage and assisting with a variety of available projects.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide homes in which the children receive food, clothing, health care and education in a Christian family environment based on the principles of unconditional acceptance and love, sharing, work and responsibility.

More than half the children in the developing world are severely deprived of adequate shelter, sanitation, safe water, schools and/or health care. You can help make a difference.

How You Can Help

We help children through many different methods at Friends of the Orphans Canada. Here are the best suggested ways you can help:

  1. Sponsor a Child
  2. Join one of our upcoming trips to visit and meet the children of NPH
  3. Make a recurring or one-time donation
  4. Attend a FOTOCAN event
"Our mission is to provide homes in which the children receive food, clothing, health care and education in a stable, nurturing family environment based on the principles of unconditional acceptance and love, sharing, work, and responsibility."

Sponsor A Child

girl holding little girl in armsThanks to the generosity of our sponsors, thousands of children receive the food, shelter and education that they desperately need. We invite you to experience first-hand the difference that sponsorship makes in the life of a child. As a sponsor you may choose to support a boy or girl of any age living at a Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for "Our Little Brothers and Sisters") home.Your friendship will show a child that he or she is loved - your financial support will protect his or her future for years to come.
What Sponsors Receive

  • A welcome letter from the NPH
  • A photo of the child
  • Personal history of the child
  • An annual school progress report

Click to Sponsor a Child

Building Projects

Dominican Republic

Dates for January to March of 2015 will be posted shortly. Work projects are generally one to two weeks in duration.


2015 Project Dates:

January 17 to 24 - Team Leader - Andrew Ross - SPACE AVAILABLE

January 24 to 31 - Team Leaders - Doug Hazen and Kathy Smit  - SPACE AVAILABLE

January 31 - February 9 - Team Leader - Christy Droog - Full

February 9 to 17 - Team Leader - Chris Cockle - SPACE AVAILABLE


October 3 to October 17 – SPACE AVAILABLE

October 17 to October 31 – SPACE AVAILABLE


January 23 - February 1 - Team 5 - Bishop MacDonnell CHS - FULL

January 23 - February 6 - Team 1 - SPACE AVAILABLE

January 30 - February 8 - Team 6 - Our Lady of Lourdes CHS - FULL

February 6 - February 20 - Team 2 Medical - FULL

February 20 - March 1 - Team 7 - St. James CHS - FULL

March 1 - March 14 - Team 3 - SPACE AVAILABLE

March 14 - March 28 - Team 4 Sacred Heart CHS - FULL


Available trip dates to be posted in the near future.

St. Damien, Pediatric Hospital

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

•  Plagued by both political instability and natural disasters, most people are unemployed
   and survive on less than $2 a day.

•  138,000 children die of preventable diseases each year.

•  1 out of 4 children is moderately to severely malnourished.

•  The current Cholera epidemic has caused 8,000 deaths.

St. Damien Pediatric Hospital Funded through private contributions to NPH worldwide provides high quality medical treatment for disadvantaged and sick children in Haiti. More than half of all patients are admitted for an infectious disease such as tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV while 25% are admitted for non-infectious diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and kidney infection. Most patients admitted are also malnourished. The outpatient clinic treats 100 children daily, for acute, parasitic, and bacterial infections. In specialized clinics, chronic conditions such as sickle cell anemia, congenital heart diseases (CHD), tuberculosis and cancer are treated for months or years if needed. St. Damien Pediatric Hospital and associated public health programs of NPFS reach over 80,000 children annually.
The number of patients that St Damien has treated has tripled since the devastating 2010 earthquake, an increase of 60,000 children annually. Due to lack of funding, we risk turning away 30,000 children.

You can help save the life of a child. DONATE NOW. 


Hands of Love Banner: A Community Art Project

As an artist, I have developed a love for the meaning and connection that is generated through community art. As a part of the Goderich and area fundraising for our Peru Crew Team 1, 2014 adventure with Friends of the Orphans Canada, Roberta Stemp and I initiated a Hands of Love community art banner. We came up with the plan to start it in Canada and finish it at the orphanage in Peru.

Link to Hands of Love Banner full story (pdf)

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