driving ‘baby’ in the 1960s – a gift from the government – which he used to clear the road to Cusmapa.
Father Fabretto’s philosophy was to give a home and hope to underserved children, many of whom had been abandoned, abused, or orphaned. His organization 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, Father 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, Father 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 its greatest blow: Father 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.
with children from
one of the Oratorios
in the 1980s.
Father Fabretto’s Legacy Continues
In June of 1989, Kevin Marinacci arrived in Nicaragua to volunteer for a year with Father Fabretto. Upon the Reverend’s death the following spring, Kevin agreed to stay on for another year to help the organization. His twelve-month extension turned into a lifelong commitment to the Fabretto organization and the children of Nicaragua.
Today, Kevin is the CEO of Fabretto and the organization has grown to include offices in Nicaragua, the United States, and Europe. The staff in Nicaragua includes many alumni of Fabretto programs. Under Kevin’s guidance, Fabretto’s services have evolved from Oratorios to Education Centers and today support over 40,000 children and their families.
Fabretto is a vibrant and dynamic organization that honors Father Fabretto’s memory through its work with children, youth and their families in Nicaragua’s poverty-stricken communities. With your ongoing support Fabretto will continue to create change, fulfilling Father Fabretto’s legacy of empowering children and youth to reach their full potential.