About Us

The Many Faces and Facets of FOTOCAN

It all began in 1954, when a young German-American priest rescued a young boy from jail, who had stolen money from the offerings of Father William Wasson’s church. One home for eight homeless boys grew into nine homes in each of nine Latin American countries! They became “Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos”, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”. In the 1970’s, Father Wasson invited some Canadian farmers to assist him with the agricultural practices of these homes to foster independence and self sustainability. Upon their return, the farmers began a small group adopting the name “Friends of the Orphans Canada”


Join a Volunteer Work Project

• 1 or 2 weeks in duration
• groups of 10 - 30 people per project
• usually occur in winter months of January, February and March, some in October
• engage in small”c” construction work, painting, maintenance, odd jobs in plumbing, welding, carpentry, wiring, cleaning, farming, repairing, landscaping, tutoring
• participate in the customs, food and culture of an NPH way of life and a developing country with the staff and children of our homes
• visit local attractions to learn more about the history and culture of the country
• highly recommended for people of ALL ages and abilities
• join a group or create your own - families, students, employers(es), retirees, company team- building

Sponsor a Child

• choose one or more children from the nine countries to support financially
• 100% of your funds go directly to the sponsorship program
• send and receive personal correspondence from your sponsored children
• have the opportunity to meet your child in his/her country of residence

Support through Personal Donations

• monetarily (in memoriam, Christmas and holiday donations, wedding or anniversary)
• donations of goods (click here for complete list of acceptable donations)

Support through a Business or Company

• corporate sponsorships available in exchange for advertising

Become a Long Term Volunteer

• live in one of our homes for one year acting in a position of assistance to that home
• meet the children, staff and locals as well as other long-term volunteers from countries around the world.

Nine projects. Nine countries that need
your help.

Thank you for your kindness and support!