Children in Ecuador Vulnerable to Extreme Poverty and Crime

Children in Ecuador Vulnerable to Extreme Poverty and Crime

September 14, 2023

Take a firsthand look at the challenges of children we serve in Ecuador as told by a Unity 4 Orphans volunteer who visited a few locations where lives are being transformed through education and counseling. We began partnering with the nonprofit Dame Tu Mano in Ecuador a year ago, and together we are changing the …

3rd Graders Hold 3rd Annual Lemonade Stand for Orphaned Children

3rd Graders Hold 3rd Annual Lemonade Stand for Orphaned Children

September 7, 2023

Two young girls in San Diego held a lemonade stand to fundraise for orphaned and vulnerable children served by Unity 4 Orphans for the third year in a row. Proving that you’re never too young to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, 8-year-olds Aashi and Aanya held a lemonade stand for …

See You at the Beach for U4O’s 4th Annual Wave-A-Thon!

See You at the Beach for U4O’s 4th Annual Wave-A-Thon!

August 24, 2023

Unity 4 Orphans’ 4th annual Wave-A-Thon is coming up soon and it’s our favorite fundraiser of summer, where we raise money to help vulnerable children in Latin America through education and holistic care. Surf for a Cause at Unity 4 Orphans’ Wave-A-Thon Our organization and our community continue to bless the children we serve with …

Meet the Team: Caitlin Snyder

Meet the Team: Caitlin Snyder

August 17, 2023

Unity 4 Orphans welcomes a new engagement director to strengthen our current partnerships and relationships, as well as extend a hand to future partners who align with our vision.       Not only is our reach expanding to help vulnerable children in more locations across the globe, but our team also reflects our growing …

Unity 4 Orphans Now Supporting Vulnerable Children in 5 Countries!

Unity 4 Orphans Now Supporting Vulnerable Children in 5 Countries!

August 8, 2023

Orphaned and vulnerable children across Latin America are receiving nutrition, education, and counseling services with Unity 4 Orphans’ robust holistic programs. If you’ve been following U4O on social media, our monthly newsletter, or anywhere else, you know that our programs to serve the underserved children of the world continue to grow and expand. We continue …

Hope and a Helping Hand for Poor Children in Ecuador

Hope and a Helping Hand for Poor Children in Ecuador

July 18, 2023

Unity 4 Orphans joins forces with Dame Tu Mano, providing vulnerable children in Ecuador with education and holistic support to help them succeed in school and break the cycle of poverty. U4O shared the exciting news of our expansion into Ecuador last summer, and since then has launched an ESL program where over 50 kids …

Fitness Fundraiser Raises Funds for Kids in Need

Fitness Fundraiser Raises Funds for Kids in Need

July 7, 2023

Longtime Unity 4 Orphans volunteer, donor, and child sponsor shares why this cause is close to his heart and how he created a unique fundraiser to benefit children living in poverty. Our community of supporters provides endless inspiration with the ways in which they care for children vulnerable to the cycle of poverty. We’re happy …

U4O’s Mexico Team Welcomes New Spiritual Formation Leaders

U4O’s Mexico Team Welcomes New Spiritual Formation Leaders

June 30, 2023

With the addition of two new spiritual formation leaders to the team in Mexico, Unity 4 Orphans provides a holistic approach to caring for orphaned and vulnerable children. Spiritual Guidance Plays an Important Role in Holistic Care Unity 4 Orphans’ Mexico Team continues to grow more robust, offering even greater support to the children we …

What Volunteers Can Expect on a Unity 4 Orphans Service Trip

What Volunteers Can Expect on a Unity 4 Orphans Service Trip

June 16, 2023

Learn more about what to expect when volunteering on a service trip with Unity 4 Orphans and prepare for a life-changing experience! From transportation to what to bring, we have answers to commonly asked questions.     How Should I Prepare for a Service Trip with Unity 4 Orphans? We meet in Pacific Beach at …

Nutrition and ESL Bring Hope to Vulnerable Children in Punta Mita

Nutrition and ESL Bring Hope to Vulnerable Children in Punta Mita

June 9, 2023

Check in with Joe Brandi’s most recent visit to Unity 4 Orphans’ partner program in Punta Mita, Mexico, providing ESL education, nutrition, and spiritual guidance to children living in poverty.     Mexican Children in Punta Mita Stuck in the Cycle of Poverty We first shared news of a partnership in Punta Mita last summer, …

Summer Program for Under-Served Children Launched in San Diego

Summer Program for Under-Served Children Launched in San Diego

May 19, 2023

Unity 4 Orphans proudly funds San Diego partner BLAST 4 KIDS to support the launch of a program to provide local at-risk children with a safe space to learn and play while school is out of session. We first featured local program BLAST 4 KIDS to announce an exciting grant opportunity that enabled us to …

U4O Welcomes a New Group of Orphanage Children to Love and Serve!

U4O Welcomes a New Group of Orphanage Children to Love and Serve!

May 12, 2023

Serving orphanage children in Mexico is as simple as volunteering on a day trip with Unity 4 Orphans. Come with us as we share about a new group of vulnerable kids we’ve welcomed into our hearts! A New Orphanage Becomes Part of the U4O Family in Mexico We recently shared our involvement with a new …

How One Teacher in Nicaragua is Changing Lives through ESL Education

How One Teacher in Nicaragua is Changing Lives through ESL Education

May 3, 2023

Unity 4 Orphans’ dedicated teachers like Nellys in Nicaragua encourage and instruct the students in our ESL program and help them break the cycle of poverty.   When Nellys was searching for a new job, a recruiter pointed out the position with Unity 4 Orphans at our English as a second language (ESL) program in …

Expanding ESL Education to Vulnerable Children in Ecuador

Expanding ESL Education to Vulnerable Children in Ecuador

April 24, 2023

Unity 4 Orphans founder Joe Brandi and longtime champion Nick Ospina share an exciting update about bringing ESL education to vulnerable children in Ecuador.   If you’ve been on a service trip with U4O, you may have met Nick Ospina, a frequent volunteer, trip leader, and close friend of Joe. Nick’s bilingual skills always provide …

From ESL Student to Teaching Intern: A Success Story from Nicaragua

From ESL Student to Teaching Intern: A Success Story from Nicaragua

March 17, 2023

A former student from Unity 4 Orphans’ ESL program in Nicaragua shares how learning English has changed her life and what inspires her to teach others.   Yanelis began in U4O’s ESL program over three years ago and didn’t know any English prior to enrolling. Although she was intimidated in the beginning, the teacher and …

Child Sponsorships Are at the Heart of Our Mission in Nicaragua

Child Sponsorships Are at the Heart of Our Mission in Nicaragua

February 10, 2023

The success of our ESL program is fully dependent on the generosity of our regular donors, and each child we welcome begins with the need for a dedicated sponsor. Unity 4 Orphans Provides Language Acquisition through Child Sponsorship We offer three levels of support, with the goal of full sponsorship, whether solely through one individual …

How do we make the world a better place for underserved and at-risk children?

How do we make the world a better place for underserved and at-risk children?

January 6, 2023

Troubles worldwide can feel overwhelming and discouraging, but it only takes one small act of kindness to change the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children. Unity 4 Orphans provides several ways to care for vulnerable children living in poverty, setting them on a course to secure futures with more opportunities. Our programs include English as …

What’s in a Name? Unity 4 Orphans Says it All!

What’s in a Name? Unity 4 Orphans Says it All!

December 23, 2022

Joe Brandi shares what Unity 4 Orphans means to him and what inspires our nonprofit to continue growing to support even more orphaned and vulnerable children. Our Nonprofit’s Name, Unity 4 Orphans, Says It All Joe Brandi’s vision to help children who have been orphaned, abandoned, and oppressed by extreme poverty remains at the forefront …

What Do Staff and Volunteers Love Most About Working with U4O?

What Do Staff and Volunteers Love Most About Working with U4O?

December 12, 2022

San Diego nonprofit Unity 4 Orphans helps change the lives of children living in poverty through the kindness of donors and a dedicated group of volunteers and staff.   U4O Provides Volunteer Opportunities at Orphanages in Mexico Why is it important to volunteer through service trips? “Orphanhood is in the heart more than the legal …

Help Make Unity 4 Orphans’ Transformation Center a Reality in 2023

Help Make Unity 4 Orphans’ Transformation Center a Reality in 2023

November 25, 2022

A longtime dream to build a Transformation Center to house Unity 4 Orphans’ ESL program in Nicaragua will become a reality in 2023, thanks to our generous community. For those who have been following Unity 4 Orphans for some time, you may have heard our vision for the Transformation Center in the small rural community …

Age Is Just a Number in Supporting Orphaned and Vulnerable Children

Age Is Just a Number in Supporting Orphaned and Vulnerable Children

November 18, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans’ Wave-A-Thon draws surfers and boogie boarders of all ages and raises funds for orphaned and vulnerable children in San Diego and Latin America. When Joe Brandi made an announcement in a church service at La Jolla Christian Fellowship and asked for participants for U4O’s 3rd annual Wave-A-Thon, Kristan Peterson felt a tug …

Bringing Hope to Children in a Poor Village in Ecuador

Bringing Hope to Children in a Poor Village in Ecuador

November 11, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans founder Joe Brandi shares a vision for poor children in Ecuador to provide hope through education and holistic care. Every Saturday for the past seven years, a group of volunteers has been serving local children from a poor community in Ecuador. In his travels to prepare for U4O’s expansion into the country, …

A Life-Changing Camp Experience for Adolescent Boys from the Orphanages

A Life-Changing Camp Experience for Adolescent Boys from the Orphanages

November 4, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans helps adolescent boys from orphanages in Tijuana to attend a weekend camp that teaches them their value in God’s eyes and gives mentoring support. When APV Camp–which stands for Abstinence, Purity, Value–began in 2004, teenage girls ages 13 and up were given the opportunity to learn their value as they grew into …

A Firsthand Look at Poverty Conditions for the Children We Serve in Nicaragua, Part 2

A Firsthand Look at Poverty Conditions for the Children We Serve in Nicaragua, Part 2

October 28, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans volunteers shared their time, talents, and hearts with children from our ESL program in Nicaragua breaking the cycle of poverty through education. Welcome to the continuation of our story featuring the experiences of U4O volunteers Paul & Sara Giret, who joined Joe Brandi on his trip to Nicaragua in the summer of …

A Firsthand Look at Poverty Conditions for the Children We Serve in Nicaragua, Part 1

A Firsthand Look at Poverty Conditions for the Children We Serve in Nicaragua, Part 1

October 14, 2022

Witnessing poverty’s effects on the children in Unity 4 Orphans’ ESL program in Nicaragua, one volunteer shares her experience and encourages child sponsorship. Every year, U4O founder Joe Brandi visits our ESL program in Miramar, Nicaragua to connect with the children and staff, hear their needs and celebrate progress in pursuing English fluency. The biggest …

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