Make A Lasting Impact

ACOES is partnering with Fabretto Children’s Foundation to go farther than ever before. Give a gift that keeps on giving; make a donation to support life-changing education programs implemented by ACOES in Honduras. 100% of your tax-deductible donation will support ACOES. Learn more about our new and exciting partnership below.

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ACOES was founded in 1992 by Father Patricio Larrosa, a missionary from Granada, Spain with a clear mission: Empowering Hondurans to eradicate extreme poverty through education.

Today, with the support of Father Alvaro Ramos, 900 volunteers locally in Honduras, and more than 1,000 collaborators abroad, ACOES can go where no other nonprofits can: the most remote places in the nation.

ACOES implements initiatives that create and develop living conditions to favor peace, justice, human rights, solidarity and the integral development of the human being in the most disadvantaged and marginalized sectors of the population in Honduras, Their programs prioritize education as an effective tool for development, benefiting around 12,000 students.

About Fabretto

Our Mission and Vision

Fabretto’s mission is to educate and empower underserved children, youth, and their families to enable them to improve their livelihoods and their communities.

At Fabretto, we believe in the power of education to enable children and youth—our future leaders— to break the cycle of poverty. We strive to bring meaningful opportunities for growth, development, and learning to children, youth, and families across the Americas. By partnering with organizations and funders who serve children and youth in countries across the Americas, we can amplify our impact, serving those who serve.

Our History

Fabretto carries on the work of Fr. Raphael Maria Fabretto, an Italian missionary who founded a network of children’s homes in the poorest communities of Nicaragua starting in 1953. After his death in 1990, his work continued with the formation of our foundation. Over the past several decades, Fabretto grew from serving 300 children via basic education and nutrition services, to reaching over 60,000 beneficiaries with education and development programs in 2021 in Nicaragua.

In February 2022, Fabretto’s legal charter was revoked in Nicaragua and all programs in Nicaragua had to come to an end. To date, more than 2,500 organizations in Nicaragua have suffered the same fate. In the midst of challenging times, the Fabretto Children’s Foundation has persevered and remains committed to continue and honor Padre Fabretto’s life and legacy of service.

As of mid-2022, Fabretto has begun partnering with on-the-ground nonprofit organizations in the Americas to strengthen education programs by providing technical assistance, sharing methodologies, and building local capacity to serve children and youth. We are leveraging decades of experience implementing innovative grassroots education and development programs in Nicaragua to impact communities in neighboring countries in Central America by strengthening the capacities of the organizations we serve.

Our Partnership


With the understanding that providing school meals is essential to ensuring education program retention rates, as of mid-2022, Fabretto has secured and shipped one million meals thanks to a long-standing partnership with Feed My Starving Children.

Capacity Building

A key component of our partnership also includes strengthening local capacities. Fabretto is providing a 16-hour virtual training-of-trainers for 20 ACOES youth leaders to strengthen their facilitation and training techniques. More than 20 ACOES volunteers also participated in a 2-part photography workshop to help improve the organization’s communications efforts. Fabretto remains committed to walking alongside ACOES and is in constant communication with the administrative, programs, and engagement teams to help them implement best practices across the board.


Fabretto and ACOES are joining forces to apply for project funding that best meets the needs and the strengths of both organizations. Some of the grants secured so far include $100,000 from Zemurray Foundation to fund scholarships, 30.000 euros from Fundación ADEY to support early education efforts, and a $20,000 sub-grant to strengthen the Maestro en Casa program. Additionally, Fabretto has redirected Helen Brach and Dr. Scholl Foundation funds to help sustain ACOES’s nutrition program. We look forward to working together to secure even more funding in 2023.

Child Sponsorship

ACOES and Fabretto are partnering to grow the Child Sponsorship Program by matching current Fabretto donors with children in ACOES programs. We have already launched a pilot program in 2022 and are planning to expand in 2023.

Engaging US Audiences

Fabretto has helped introduce ACOES to individual and institutional supporters in the United States, helping broaden the organization’s audience and reach. As a US 501(c)(3) nonprofit and a fiscal sponsor for ACOES, all donations made through Fabretto Children’s Foundation to support ACOES are completely tax deductible and 100% of the funds will support ACOES’s mission in Honduras.

Why Honduras?

  • Poor learning outcomes
    • 2015 MINED Statistics show that only 55% of children in grades 1-9 show mastery of reading skills, and 35% show mastery of mathematics skills.
    • UNESCO’s TERCE results show that 84% of children are below standards in reading, and 89% do not meet minimum standards in math. (World Bank 2021)
  • Low secondary school participation/completion rates, especially for males
    • Most schools in rural areas do not offer secondary education, and youth (especially boys) are often driven to drop out by economic needs and begin to work or migrate
    • 42.68% of adolescents of secondary school age are out of school (USAID database)
  • Effects of school closures due to COVID-19 restrictions
    • Longest school closures in the region – from March 2020 to early 2022
    • In 2020, of 1.3 million children registered, only about 600,000 completed the school year
    • Only 16.8% of Honduran families have access to a computer, and in rural areas less than 30% have access to internet – making two years of distance education nearly impossible
    • Only 7% of the workforce has 12 or more years of education.
    • 53% of the workforce are unskilled laborers making less than minimum wage.

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