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Hope Knows No Borders
Rooted within the Episcopal tradition, we seek to protect children, strengthen families, and search for solutions that threaten their safety and well-being. As a ministry, we’re called to serve the poor, the orphaned, the widowed, the powerless, the marginalized, and the dispossessed – wherever they live.
Our foundation is the Church, which calls us to serve all God’s people, even those who suffer in places beyond our small portion of the Earth. That’s why we engage in local partnerships to create opportunity, build trust, and grow relationships that foster understanding and honor human dignity.
In El Salvador, Saint Francis works with the Episcopal Diocese of El Salvador’s Episcopal Dignity and Justice Program 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
- Protecting children and families from forced migration and human trafficking
In Honduras, 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 outreach centers, Saint Francis and Familias Solidarias provide safe space and positive programming for children exposed to poverty, domestic and community violence, substance use, and 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
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 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.