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 …

Kids Hold Annual Lemonade Stand for Orphans Fundraiser in San Diego

Kids Hold Annual Lemonade Stand for Orphans Fundraiser in San Diego

July 27, 2022

Three San Diego girls recently hosted a lemonade stand to raise money for the orphanages in Mexico that Unity 4 Orphans supports.  The young entrepreneurs,Vibhi (age 9), Aashi (age 7),  and Eva (age 7), put a lot of care into the planning and preparations, and the event was a success in more ways than one. …

Back-to-School Supply Drive for Orphanage Kids in Mexico

Back-to-School Supply Drive for Orphanage Kids in Mexico

July 22, 2022

The global pandemic is still being felt by the children at the orphanages in Mexico, who are struggling to get back on track in school; help them start strong for next year! The children at the orphanages in Mexico continue to study hard this summer to make up for the time and knowledge lost during …

One Young Man’s Journey from Orphan to Graduate Made Possible by Philanthropic San Diego Volunteers

One Young Man’s Journey from Orphan to Graduate Made Possible by Philanthropic San Diego Volunteers

July 14, 2022

Longtime supporters of Unity 4 Orphans share their experience as child sponsors with Unity 4 Orphans, shedding light on what it means to serve others and provide underprivileged children with healing from trauma and hope for the future. We invite you to enjoy one San Diego couple’s heartwarming sponsorship story for an orphaned child in …

Meet the Team: Wesley Ross

Meet the Team: Wesley Ross

July 11, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans is pleased to introduce someone who usually keeps a low profile but has been involved for years as a CPA and valued team member. Our CPA, Wesley Ross, was first introduced to Joe at The Rock Churchthrough a mutual friend four years ago, and he’s been involved ever since. Along with annual …

Joe Brandi Invites You to Step In and Change the World

Joe Brandi Invites You to Step In and Change the World

July 8, 2022

Hear a little more on why Unity 4 Orphans exists and how you can step in to help us change the world, one child at a time.   Unity 4 Orphans founder, Joe Brandi, has had an amazing trip to Miramar! Watching students grow up in our ESL program is truly a gift from God. …

Mullets 4 Orphans: Kid Creates Crazy Fun Fundraiser

Mullets 4 Orphans: Kid Creates Crazy Fun Fundraiser

July 5, 2022

A 13-year-old San Diego teen puts the FUN in fundraiser with a creative idea he calls “Mullets 4 Orphans” by collecting donations before visiting a local barber. Last summer, Charlie Wilkinson went on a volunteer trip with his family to visit the children at the orphanage that Unity 4 Orphans supports in Tijuana. Seeing how …

Student Spotlight: Meet Selene

Student Spotlight: Meet Selene

July 1, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans founder, Joe Brandi, is in Miramar, Nicaragua getting to know the kids in our ESL program and observing the learning process with our dedicated teachers. Today he pauses to introduce us to Selene. This cutie pie is Selene, a 14-year old student in our ESL program in Nicaragua whom has stolen Joe’s …

Joe’s Reflections on the Perfect Day

Joe’s Reflections on the Perfect Day

June 27, 2022

Join Unity 4 Orphan’s founder, Joe Brandi, as he pauses at the beginning of a new day in Miramar, Nicaragua to reflect on the ingredients for a perfect day. This is what a perfect day looks like for Joe… surfing against the setting of God’s beautiful creation and visiting with the children we work with …

San Diego Volunteers Find Love While Serving Orphaned Children Together

San Diego Volunteers Find Love While Serving Orphaned Children Together

June 12, 2022

Read this fun, unique story of two Unity 4 Orphans volunteers who found love on a volunteer trip and are now married! VOLUNTEERING WITH IMPOVERISHED CHILDREN BRINGS HIDDEN BLESSINGS In 2017, Tricia Butler was reading the La Jolla Light newspaper and she saw an ad for U4O service tripsand thought, “I should go!” She signed …

Open Hearts Charity Event for Children Living in Poverty

Open Hearts Charity Event for Children Living in Poverty

May 28, 2022

Our annual fundraiser to raise money for children living in poverty was a success, thanks to our dedicated community of volunteers, sponsors, and donors!       Top San Diego Charity Hosts Annual Fundraiser Unity 4 Orphans hosts an annual fundraiser, and this year’s gala was particularly memorable. Our theme was “Open Hearts” and our …

ESL Program Supports Impoverished Students To Reach Higher Education

ESL Program Supports Impoverished Students To Reach Higher Education

May 20, 2022

One teenage girl living in poverty finds self-confidence and learns initiative through U4O’s ESL instruction and supportive counseling services with our program in Miramar, Nicaragua. Programs Provide Education and Support to Students Living in Poverty Andrea is a young woman in her teens who recently moved on from our ESL program to university, and our …

Healing through Giving; One Person Can Make a Difference

Healing through Giving; One Person Can Make a Difference

May 6, 2022

We recently connected with longtime Unity 4 Orphans supporter, Jared Lutmer, to discuss how he became involved with our organization and how it’s impacted his life. His dedication to helping the children we serve through education and holistic care will hopefully inspire others to give back, and show that one person’s efforts can make a …

One Volunteer’s Extraordinary Experience of Life at an Orphanage

One Volunteer’s Extraordinary Experience of Life at an Orphanage

May 5, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans (U4O0 is excited to share the story of one woman who followed her heart to make a difference in the lives of orphaned children in Mexico. Brenda Martinez first heard about U4O when she met our founder, Joe Brandi, at The Rock Church in October 2021. He was talking about ministry in …

Wave-A-Thon Highlights: Dedicated Supporters!

Wave-A-Thon Highlights: Dedicated Supporters!

April 28, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans is so thankful for the support that led to a successful fundraiser at our 2nd Annual Wave-A-Thon! The students in our ESL program in Nicaragua are now learning valuable life skills through education and new curriculum in the English language, which will open doors for them in their future.

Joe Brandi Reflects on Easter and What It Means for Unity 4 Orphans

Joe Brandi Reflects on Easter and What It Means for Unity 4 Orphans

April 13, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans founder, Joe Brandi, shares an Easter message for our volunteers, donors, and supporters.  We send our heartfelt thank you to everyone who continues to join us in our mission to support children in Latin America by bringing education and holistic care for brighter futures and awareness to our communities and the world …

Thank you for the stuffed animals. God bless you!

Thank you for the stuffed animals. God bless you!

March 11, 2022

We recently introduced Juliana, a 5th grader from San Diego who graciously chose to support Unity 4 Orphans for a school project by making stuffed animal “companions” for the children at the orphanages we serve. A few weeks ago, Juliana joined us on a service trip to Mexico to deliver her handmade creations, and brought joy to kids who need it most.

Wave-A-Thon Highlights: Raising Kids to Give Back!

Wave-A-Thon Highlights: Raising Kids to Give Back!

March 4, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans’ 2nd Annual Wave-A-Thon drew an awesome crowd, raised funds for a great cause, and highlighted families giving back together. We’re thankful for all of our supporters and donors, and especially love to see kids growing up with a charitable worldview!

Meet Lauren Salaz

Meet Lauren Salaz

February 15, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans would like to introduce our first intern! A junior at San Diego State University, Lauren is majoring in Comparative International Studies and minoring in Spanish. She was introduced to U4O through her scholarship, which promotes work with nonprofit organizations. She appreciates the way U4O supports children who have had difficult lives and looks forward to practicing her Spanish, but especially to spending time with the kids.

Equipping the Kids for Success in School!

Equipping the Kids for Success in School!

February 3, 2022

A new school year has begun for the children Unity 4 Orphans supports in Nicaragua. It not only takes a village to garner the funds needed to provide necessary items, but also to obtain and distribute them to the kids, and we’re so grateful for our awesome community! Coming alongside children in Latin America to …

Wave-A-Thon Highlights: U4O Board Members!

Wave-A-Thon Highlights: U4O Board Members!

January 26, 2022

On a perfect San Diego day in August, Unity 4 Orphans held our 2nd Annual Wave-A-Thon fundraiser. With the participation of 23 surfers and support from our incredible community, we were able to raise $30k toward new curriculum and ESL classes for our students in Miramar, Nicaragua. Steve Castillo, our board treasurer, admired all of …

Congratulations to Our 1st Graduating Class in Nicaragua!

Congratulations to Our 1st Graduating Class in Nicaragua!

January 17, 2022

Unity 4 Orphans recently celebrated the graduation of six students from our ESL program in Managua, Nicaragua and couldn’t be prouder! Along with their teachers, they worked hard, and we commend their efforts and drive to succeed. Fluency in English expands their opportunities, giving each of them a brighter outlook on the future. Sunday, December …

Meet Bettina Hanna

Meet Bettina Hanna

January 4, 2022

Bettina Hanna has been involved with Unity 4 Orphans for about 5 years. She was first introduced to the organization by a journalist friend who asked her to film a trip to Tijuana where volunteers dressed as Disney princesses. That day, she says that she fell in love with the way the U4O group interacted …

We Are Blessed By Your Support!

We Are Blessed By Your Support!

December 21, 2021

We are so inspired by the individuals who have risen up to give generously, invest their time, or fundraise for us during our end-of-the-year push. Our goal is to raise an additional $50,000 by December 31st to continue our programs and increase our impact in 2022. The pandemic has been challenging for our organization, but …

Passion Paired with Philanthropy

Passion Paired with Philanthropy

December 16, 2021

Entrepreneurial teen inspires with creative fundraising initiative during this Season of Giving! Meet Ben We’re proud to introduce you to an exceptional kid from NorCal, Ben Legge, who is 17 years old and in the 11th grade. Ben has worked hard to become skilled at woodworking and as you can see, is extremely talented!  Alongside …