Facing Challenges: Navigating Obstacles and Overcoming Difficulty at Nazareth Orphanage

Nazareth Orphanage faces its own set of challenges and obstacles while providing a safe haven for children in need. Let’s take a closer look at the hurdles they’ve encountered and how they are working tirelessly to overcome them.

Challenges Faced by Nazareth Orphanage

Nazareth Orphanage is spread across 7 hectares, complete with a security wall and one entrance gate. Just so you don’t have to pull out a calculator to know how much space there is, each hectare comprises 10,000 square meters, and there are 4,000 square meters to an acre. 

The orphanage houses young boys between the ages of 4 and 12 years old, and a limited number of girls in temporary housing while the new dormitory is being built. While the number of children at the orphanage fluctuates, it averages around 50 young children. The caring presence of eight sisters from the order of the Sacred Heart and of the Poor is crucial for tending to the children.

With the ongoing “Girls Everywhere Matter” campaign, Nazareth Orphanage aims to provide a safe and nurturing environment for young girls. This fundraising initiative seeks to raise $250,000 to develop additional facilities, starting with a dormitory and dining facility. This phase of the project will be a crucial step in welcoming up to 50 young orphaned girls alongside the boys.

The orphanage operates on a monthly budget of approximately $3,000, sourced from financial donations, the sale of used clothing and furniture, charity bazaars/fairs, and building rentals for spiritual retreats. Importantly though, they do not receive direct financial support from the Mexican government. However, the children do receive free medical, dental, and academic education from the local community.

Support Needed and How You Can Help

The sisters continuously require supplies to ensure the well-being of the children. These critical supplies include laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper napkins, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, bathroom soap, canned goods, cereal, cookies, crackers, spaghetti, mac & cheese, mayonnaise, milk (preferably non-refrigerated, powder form), chocolate for milk, tuna (preferably in water), canned chicken, and peanut butter & jelly for sandwiches. If you can contribute any of these supplies, it will be greatly appreciated.

Throughout the year, there are also opportunities to come to Tecate and assist in more physical aspects of the orphanage, such as needed repairs, gardening, and more. These trips are announced regularly on this website with opportunities to sign up for specific jobs on those trips.

Community Involvement and Future Plans

Nazareth Orphanage thrives on community involvement, with a Tecate Board of Directors overseeing various aspects, including property management and large maintenance projects. The orphanage looks to rent portions of the new community center to local church and civic organizations in the Tecate area for additional income to support the growing number of children in need.


Nazareth Orphanage faces numerous challenges, but their dedication to providing a secure and nurturing environment for children is unwavering. With your support through us here at Outreach for Nazareth Orphanage, they are not only changing lives but also expanding to include young girls, making a significant impact in the fight against human trafficking.

You can make a difference today. Support Nazareth Orphanage by donating, contributing supplies, or volunteering your time. Your support will ensure that more children, both boys and girls, have a chance at a brighter future. Join us in helping the orphanage continue their life-changing work.


Joining Hands to Make a Difference in Outreach for Nazareth Orphanage.

For five decades, Outreach for Nazareth Orphanage has been committed to serving and providing support to the Nazareth Orphanage in Tecate, Mexico. Their mission is simple yet profound: to create a safe and nurturing home for at-risk children, offering them a chance at a better life. But they can’t do it alone. Here, we will introduce you to OFNO’s inspiring journey and the opportunities they offer to make a lasting impact as an orphanage volunteer.

About Nazareth Orphanage

Nestled in the heart of Tecate, Mexico, Nazareth Orphanage has been a pillar of support for the local community for half a century. With a rich history of caring, giving, and continued hope, the orphanage has become a safe haven for countless children in need. Their mission is to provide a secure and nurturing environment for boys and girls who are at risk for various challenges, including human trafficking. The orphanage ensures that these children have access to essentials like food, permanent shelter, clothing, and education while nurturing the virtues of faith, hope, and love.

Outreach for Nazareth Orphanage

To further the mission of Nazareth Orphanage, Outreach for Nazareth Orphanage was established. OFNO plays a crucial role in supporting the fundraising and volunteer efforts that benefit the young boys and girls living at the Nazareth Orphanage. Their mission is to work hand in hand with the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and of the Poor, who are dedicated to providing a safe and spiritual home campus environment for these children. 

One of OFNO’s key initiatives is the “Girls Everywhere Matter” campaign, aimed at raising $250,000 for the development of additional campus facilities, including a dormitory and dining facility designed to accommodate up to 50 young orphaned girls. These facilities will provide the same safety and life-sustaining necessities offered to the boys.

Volunteer Opportunities

One of the most heartwarming ways to get involved and make a difference is by becoming an orphanage volunteer with Outreach for Nazareth Orphanage. OFNO organizes trips for volunteers to visit Nazareth Orphanage in Tecate, Mexico, offering participants a unique opportunity to connect with the children and Sisters who devote their lives to caring for them.

Volunteer trips typically take place on four Saturdays during the year. These daylong trips begin early in the morning and volunteers return to San Diego the same day. The tasks vary, but they often include maintenance projects such as gardening or painting the facilities. The beauty of volunteering with OFNO is that no prior experience is necessary. Anyone with a compassionate heart and a desire to make a difference is welcome to join.

How to Get Involved

Getting involved with Outreach for Nazareth Orphanage is a step towards making a significant impact on the lives of the children they serve. Whether you are interested in joining one of the volunteer trips or contributing through donations, there are several ways to support this noble cause.

To become a volunteer and experience compassion in motion, you can sign up for one of the upcoming trips to Nazareth Orphanage. To register or learn more about the trips, please visit the OFNO website and follow their registration process. It’s a rewarding opportunity to engage with the children and Sisters, help with essential tasks, and leave a lasting impact on their lives.

If you are unable to participate in the volunteer trips but still want to contribute, you can donate money or needed supplies to OFNO. These contributions go directly towards supporting the Nazareth Orphanage and ensuring that the children have access to essential resources. Your generosity can make a significant difference in the lives of these young boys and girls.


In a world that often seems overwhelmed by challenges, organizations like Outreach for Nazareth Orphanage remind us that we can all play a part in creating a brighter future. Their dedication to providing a safe and nurturing home for at-risk children is nothing short of inspiring. As a volunteer in the orphanage, or through your support, you can be a part of this incredible journey and make a difference that will last a lifetime.

Join hands with Outreach for Nazareth Orphanage, become a volunteer, or contribute to their cause. Together, we can ensure that the children at the Nazareth Orphanage have the care, support, and opportunities they deserve.