Child Sponsorships are at the Heart of Our Mission in Nicaragua

Child Sponsorships are at the Heart of Our Mission in Nicaragua

January 24, 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 …

Together We Accomplished So Much in 2022!

Together We Accomplished So Much in 2022!

January 20, 2023

Our year-end campaign raised $50,000 towards the first phase of construction on the Unity 4 Orphans Transformation Center for vulnerable children in Nicaragua! In 2022, we achieved some major goals together with our amazing community, and have set our sights on building the Miramar Transformation Center in 2023. Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, …

One Family’s Matching Gift Raises Twice the Funds for Vulnerable Kids

One Family’s Matching Gift Raises Twice the Funds for Vulnerable Kids

January 13, 2023

One San Diego family shares their journey of giving generously to vulnerable children, whether serving orphans or raising funds through matching gifts. The first time Zach and Stephany went on a service trip in 2013 they were newly dating, and found that it was a great way to connect with each other and children who …

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 …

SDVoyager Magazine Gives Joe Brandi a Shoutout!

SDVoyager Magazine Gives Joe Brandi a Shoutout!

December 30, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans founder Joe Brandi tells SDVoyager magazine about his background, what makes the organization succeed, and what he loves about San Diego. In an interview published by SDVoyager magazine, U4O founder Joe Brandi shared a bit about his upbringing and the beginnings of our nonprofit organization. Growing up in Sonora and Santa Cruz …

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 …

Extending U4O’s ESL Education Program to Children in Ecuador

Extending U4O’s ESL Education Program to Children in Ecuador

October 7, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans’ program to help children break the cycle of poverty through ESL education, nutrition, and psychological support is expanding to Ecuador. In many small coastal villages in Ecuador, the conditions are fairly rural, with no paved streets and humble homes. U4O’s founder Joe Brandi continues to pursue a God-given vision to step into …

How Can YOU Change the Life of a Vulnerable Child?

How Can YOU Change the Life of a Vulnerable Child?

September 30, 2022

How can you be a part of Unity 4 Orphans’ mission to change the lives of children living in poverty through ESL education, holistic care, and relational consistency? Holistic Care for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children When U4O Founder Joe Brandi began realizing a vision to care for children who have been orphaned, abandoned, and who …

U4O’s 3rd Annual Wave-A-Thon Raises Funds to Expand Education Programs

U4O’s 3rd Annual Wave-A-Thon Raises Funds to Expand Education Programs

September 26, 2022

At Unity 4 Orphans’ 3rd annual Wave-A-Thon fundraiser in San Diego, 25 surfers gathered sponsors and hit the waves to raise money for children living in poverty. On a sunny Saturday in San Diego, we held our Wave-A-Thon fundraiser for the third year in a row, an event that’s a favorite for our dedicated volunteers …

Grant Enables Educational Intervention for San Diego Elementary Students

Grant Enables Educational Intervention for San Diego Elementary Students

September 16, 2022

Thanks to a grant from Coldwell Banker West, Unity 4 Orphans is providing remedial education to help San Diego students in grades K-5 from low-income households succeed in school. Our vision to establish an outreach to vulnerable children in San Diego has come to fruition, thanks to longtime U4O supporter Nick Ospina and Coldwell Banker …

Unity 4 Orphans’ Supporters Host an Evening for the Children Fundraiser

Unity 4 Orphans’ Supporters Host an Evening for the Children Fundraiser

September 9, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans’ philanthropic supporters held a private dinner at their home in La Jolla to raise funds for children living in poverty. Gathering Friends for an Evening of Fundraising and Fellowship On a perfect August evening in La Jolla, California, Tom and Kathrine Cassidy hosted a fundraiser on behalf of the children we serve …

Showing Love to Impoverished Children in Ecuador through Nutrition and Education

Showing Love to Impoverished Children in Ecuador through Nutrition and Education

September 2, 2022

From a poverty-stricken village in Ecuador, Unity 4 Orphans’ founder Joe Brandi shares a vision for expansion to the area to provide intervention for education and nutrition. On his recent trip to Ecuador, one of the areas Joe Brandi traveled to gives us a glimpse into the housing conditions of one community plagued by extreme …

Why We Give Faithfully to Poor Children in Latin America

Why We Give Faithfully to Poor Children in Latin America

August 26, 2022

From a village in Ecuador, founder Joe Brandi shares a vision for the future of U4O as we expand into other countries, and why our calling is to first support the children in our ESL program in Nicaragua. After spending time with the children at Unity for Orphans’ ESL program in Miramar, Nicaragua, Joe Brandi …

Feeding Program Near Puerto Vallarta Provides Nutrition for Children

Feeding Program Near Puerto Vallarta Provides Nutrition for Children

August 24, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans’ new initiative in Punta Mita, Mexico benefits children affected by poverty by providing a feeding program and ESL instruction while also teaching them about Jesus.   Joe Brandi made a final stop on his recent travels to South America to a village near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. In Punta Mita the main income …

Our ESL Program in Nicaragua Welcomes a New Group of Young Language Learners

Our ESL Program in Nicaragua Welcomes a New Group of Young Language Learners

August 20, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans’ English as a second language program in the poverty-stricken village of Miramar, Nicaragua welcomes even more children for language instruction. Thanks to our supportive community, our English as a Second Language (ESL) program in a small fishing community in Latin America continues to grow, enabling us to reach even more children living …

From Nicaragua to Ecuador, Children Living in Poverty Need Our Help

From Nicaragua to Ecuador, Children Living in Poverty Need Our Help

August 15, 2022

From a small village in Ecuador, Joe Brandi shares a vision for a new outreach through Unity 4 Orphans to bring programs for healing and change to poor children. After his annual summer visit to our program in Nicaragua, Joe traveled on to Ecuador to meet with contacts and develop a vision for the future …

New Program Director Brings Hope and Healing to Orphanages in Tijuana

New Program Director Brings Hope and Healing to Orphanages in Tijuana

August 10, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans’ newest team member adds a unique perspective to our mission of bringing healing to orphaned and poverty-stricken children in Latin America. We’re excited to introduce our newest team member, Marco Aguilera, who is filling a much-needed role as Program Director for our team in Latin America. He and his wife, Anabel, have …

Tech Tools Donated for ESL Classrooms in Miramar, Nicaragua

Tech Tools Donated for ESL Classrooms in Miramar, Nicaragua

August 5, 2022

We recently posted a need for laptops and speakers for our classrooms in Nicaragua and were blown away by the quick response from U4O supporters who immediately shipped wireless speakers and laptops to us in advance of Joe Brandi’s visit. Now each classroom has a speaker that will support the teachers’ lesson plans and provide …