Casa Hogar is an orphanage, located in Oaxaca, Mexico. It was founded by Al Baker, who came to Oaxaca in 1972, and saw the need for a safe place to host kids with problematic issues.
There are currently forty-six kids living there. Some have been abandoned because of fiscal conditions like cerebral palsy, polio, blindness, autism, deafness, microcephaly and hydrocephaly. Their families didn’t know how to take care of them due to their conditions, or didn’t have the means to do so. The other ones faced issues as severe poverty, imprisoned or missing parents and violent environments or family members.
Even if the stories of these kids are different, they all share the lack of an adequate environment to grow up into depending on their specific conditions.
The orphanage is a home for them as well as a school. Here they prepare themselves academically and try to grow up in a safe environment. This project aims to describe what it means to grow up without a family and with severe health issues in a different place to call home.
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