The need for a Fabretto to pivot was born out of much sadness and confusion. Six months ago, we thought our work and our world had ended. But even as we wrestled with the grief of suddenly becoming unable to legally operate in Nicaragua, we knew that we were not done and that Padre Fabretto’s legacy would continue. I began talking with our many donors, partner organizations and friends. No one said “Rest in Peace,” everyone said: “What’s next for Fabretto and how can we help?” So we took stock of our deep experience in Nicaragua and how our innovative approaches could help partners working in communities in the region.
I had the opportunity to begin this new chapter in Honduras in July with two members of Fabretto’s education team, bringing their vast experience and knowledge to the engagement with these partners. This trip was both energizing and inspirational. I returned convinced that there is a crucial need for Fabretto’s knowledge and networks in these communities, and that by working with these partners, we have the opportunity to create real change in Central America. Here is a glimpse of our trip and the beautiful students, dedicated teachers and families of our partners, ACOES and Bayan.
I would like to underscore that our fundamental mission has not changed – we continue to seek to empower underserved children, youth and their families to enable them to improve their lives and communities. Through this new model working with community-embedded organizations, I believe that we can scale up some of our most impactful programs across the region.
This new chapter comes after a momentous and life-changing couple of years in the world. As we step into this “fresh” start we do it in honor and remembrance of our founder, Padre Fabretto. Without his guidance and service this organization would not be here today. Today and every day, we honor his legacy of love.
Thank you for being a part of our new chapter.