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Sr. Terisita's Orphanage


In 1996, Sr. Terisita came to the town of Las Neublas and occupied a restaurant that had been vacated. The young girls from the mountains whom she was training to be nuns came with her and she built them a place to live. Terisita began collecting kids from the streets and orphans that were neglected or abused.

In 1999, after hurricane Mitch, Sr. Terisita began taking care of all kids that people were bringing her. She had no food nor clothing and no room to accomodate them all. In the beginning, there weren't enough beds and some children had to sleep on the floor.

Some crude buildings have been built in the last few years; one of which is a play area for children in case it rains. The younger children stay there for pre-school and first grade and the older ones go out to school and come back to study, play, eat and sleep. The living quarters are divided into three sectors according to age, consisting of a dorm with bunk beds and a play area, a place for holding their clothes and personal belongings, a bathroom and laundry area, consisting of two or three concrete sinks with a built in washboard. Every child from seven years and older is responsible for washing their own clothes. They do get some help, however.

Each dorm and play area has two nuns and a director in charge. A good size kitchen area feeds everyone three meals a day. Sr. recently received ten computers with Spanish keyboards and ten typewriters through a grant from Japan. Their sewing center began with machines from Western New York and continues to grow with machines from Japan.


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