Our History

In 1995, a group of Cristo Sana missionaries led by Sister Maria Bertilla McNelly stepped onto the streets of Granada, Nicaragua and were shocked at what they saw. The reality that stared back at them were the faces of young boys living on the streets, surviving on handouts from local hotels and restaurants. For these boys, when the hunger and despair would become too much for them to handle, they would turn to sniffing glue to take the edge off the truth of their situation.

The missionaries and a local ladies group came together to find a solution to this horrible problem. By the end of this trip, Sister Bertilla and the local ladies, now referred to as "Angels," for all that they do, began a temporary soup kitchen.

In September 1998 the sisters of St. Vincent de Paul provided a permanent sister to stay at Los Niños so the boys would have a structured environment to live in. The goal was to rehabilitate the boys that had become addicted to sniffing glue, and if possible, return them to their family homes. Those that do not have a family to return to stay at Los Niños until they are old enough to provide for themselves.

In September 2002, thanks to many generous donations, land was bought to move the home for the boys to the outskirts of the city. The Japanese government graciously completed a new hogar (home) for the boys and on July 31, 2003 they moved in. Up to this point, 83 young boys have gone through the process of rehabilitation.

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