driving ‘baby’ in the 1960s – a gift from the government – which he used to clear the road to Cusmapa.
Padre Fabretto’s philosophy was to give a home and hope to underserved children. His work grew to include five Oratorios in the Managua area and the northern highlands. These Oratorios offered a home, meals, counseling and both religious and academic education. For more than four decades, Padre Fabretto sustained the Oratorios despite many adversities, including devastating earthquakes, severe hurricanes, and the devastating civil war of the 1980s. Despite a lack of financial resources, as well as the nation’s uncertain social, political and economic climate, Padre Fabretto managed to obtain local resources of food, clothing and educational supplies, to maintain his “Familia” (family) of several hundred children, in five different Oratorios.
In March 1990, as peace came to Nicaragua, the “Familia Fabretto” suffered a devastating blow: Padre Fabretto passed away unexpectedly at the age of 70. Upon his death, the organization was left in a state of limbo; the future of Fabretto’s Oratorios – and that of the children it served – was uncertain.