In 2005, La Casa was able to purchase a 42-acre farm in Santo Tomas. The land, which we call “La Finca,” is located just 10 miles outside of San Salvador and serves as our home helping to facilitate a “family” environment for the children entrusted to our care to heal and grow.
The first structure built on the land was a chapel made possible by a Samaritan’s Purse donor. A bell was made and sent from Germany by a young lady who served as a health care coordinator for La Casa. This bell was placed inside the bell tower and can be heard all across the property and community. This chapel is used as a place of prayer and worship.
We have three homes on the property. Each home provides a family environment for up to 8 girls and boys while reaching out to bring restoration to their biological family.
A small home on the property serves as an office area and computer lab for our on-site education program. However, you’ll can find children learning on side porches of the homes, in the pavilion area, in the treehouse or about anywhere on the property.
An old home was expanded upon to become our offices on the far side of the property which overlooks a volcanic lake in the distance. We are currently adding a room to the back of the office space to help us have a separate therapy room for our counseling program.
We have a pavilion and barbecue area for activities and events with the children, their families, and visiting teams. There is also a playground area, basketball court and a soccer field that are used as recreational areas for the children. Recently, a generous donor, provided finds to build a barn for our equestrian program that serves our children and many in the community.
The land has many fruit trees including oranges, lemons, coconuts, mangos, bananas and other tropical fruits. We have been able to replace old coffee plants and established an area where we grow cacao, from which the seeds of the fruit are used to produce chocolate. A greenhouse and vegetable garden helps to provide some of the food needed for the children at La Casa.
Our future plans include a school building, two more homes along with office and therapy spaces.
La Casa is debt free and no development takes place until funds are secured. We are delighted to live on such a beautiful piece of land with its resources. May God be given all of the glory!