(Heart of Mercy House)

The Casa is a residential community of children and youth living with HIV/AIDS.  "La Casa or "La Casa de los Niños," as it is familiarly known was opened because of the crisis of children who are orphaned or abandoned due to the spread of HIV. In its more than six year history, the Casa has been home to over 45 children. The Casa is located in a small colonia called Colonia Perfecto Vasquez outside of the city of San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

The Casa was opened on December 8, 1995, by Sister Masbely Del Cid, RSM, a Sister of Mercy from Honduras, and placed under the protection of Mary, the Mother of Jesus under her title of The Immaculate Conception. Built to care for 10 children, the Casa now has 25. Given the number of cases of children needing the special care provided by the Casa, a major grant to enlarge and remodel was obtained two years ago. The work was completed in January 2002 and the Casa can now more adequately care for more than twice the number of children originally under its roof.