Traditionally, the care that children receive at orphanages is targeted to meet their basic needs: food, clothes and a place where to sleep.

Through the development of our four programs, Steps of Love seeks to go beyond the provision of basic needs: we transform the lives of children.

Adequate shelter

Meeting the physiological and safety needs of children while also offering a colorful and attractive space that provides stimulation and reinforces their needs for love, belonging, and self-esteem. 

Project 1: "Home is Where the Heart is" 

  • Project Objective: To create a "home" environment for the children where every room has a function in their development.

  • Activities: Trips to the orphanage where volunteers contribute by painting, repairing or remodeling the orphanage. Partnership with local carpenters who build quality furniture at a reasonable cost.

  • Outcomes: Children's physical and emotional comfort "at home;" development of children's "individuality."

  • Funding Needs: Donations to this project are destined to buy construction supplies or to pay local carpenters for their work.

Project 2: "New Facility" 

  • Project Objective: To be able to serve more children.

  • Activities: In order to serve teenagers in Sonoyta and Rocky Point, we need separate buildings for boys and girls.  This proposed third facility will give us the opportunity to expand our reach up to 18 years of age and see our children through high school graduation.  Right now, children who turn 13 must go to a teenager shelter in Hermosillo, over six hours away from their younger siblings.

  • Outcomes: Children's safety and security, physical and emotional comfort "at home;" development of children's "individuality."

  • Funding Needs: This project is constraint to larger funding and support that would allow the construction of a new facility.


REMEDIAL EDUCATION

Guiding children towards self-actualization. Through working on their educational gaps and providing mentoring, children are prepared to achieve their full potential. 

Remedial Education Teacher

  • Objective: Steps of Love funds teachers who individually guides the children through the work that each of them needs to reduce their educational gaps.

  • Activities: After the children come back from school, our teachers work on individual sessions with each child. They follow the Kumon method for math, reading books, and computer programs.

  • Funding Needs: Donations to the remedial education program are destined to pay the salaries of the remedial education teachers, to buy books, computer programs, and other educational tools.


Home environment

Enabling the staff at the orphanage so that they are well equipped to make the orphanage a home for the children.

Staff Recruitment and Retention 

  • Background: Each of our orphanages relies heavily on the help of local staff who care for the children's needs. Their role goes beyond cooking and cleaning at the orphanage: they take shifts to live at the children's "home" and become their caregivers, who love them, guide them, and prepare them for a better life. However, they do not have an easy task and recruiting the right personnel, and retaining them, is always a challenge at all orphanages. Constant rotation of personnel can damage the children's attachment and emotional development; therefore, retention is a priority.

  • Objective: Steps of Love contributes in the recruitment of the staff at the orphanage in order to guarantee a group of talented people to care for the children. Steps of Love also works to provide a constant flow of funds to the orphanage, destined to pay competitive salaries and wages that retain talented personnel for longer periods of time.

Staff Training

  • Objective: To provide continuous training and support to the staff at the orphanage, so that they have the knowledge and skills to properly care for "at-risk children." 

  • Activities: Thanks to the support of one of our board members and her foundation, a three-day workshop is scheduled to happen by the end of the year 2014. This workshop will be led by a certified (and well qualified) family coach and educator who has years of experience in providing parents and caregivers with the skills needed to raise children who display disruptive behaviors. 

  • Outcomes: Personnel retention. Attachment of children to personnel in a family-like relationship. Personnel acquisition of special parenting knowledge and skills. Volunteers involvement in sustaining the program. 

  • Funding Needs: Donations to the Family-like Home Environment Program are destined to pay salaries and wages of staff at the orphanage. Your monthly contribution is important in order to guarantee continuous payment of salaries and wages to the staff, who play a critical role in supporting the orphanage.


preventive health

Overseeing the medical, dental, and physiological needs of children so that they live a healthy life. 

Dental Care 

  • Activities: Preventive dental checks provided periodically by US volunteers with the objective to reduce dental complications. When a major intervention is required, we turn to local dentists and orthodontist who follow up on particular dental procedures. Our volunteers provide monitoring and control on the dental progress made on the children.

  • Outcome: Healthy children becoming healthy adults. Every child that comes to the orphanage, no matter how long they stay, perceives a lasting improvement in his/her physical well-being.

  • Funding Needs: Donations to the Preventative Health program are destined to pay local dentists and orthodontists for dental procedures (cavities, orthodontic braces, etc.).

Psychological Counseling

  • Activities: Our children are provided with access to a licensed psychologist five days a week.  Our psychologist works with the caregivers and teachers to ensure each child is adjusting to their new environment.  Each child gets personalized attention so that they can work to overcome any past hardships or behavioral issues in their previous home life.

  • Outcome: Healthy children becoming healthy adults. Every child that comes to the orphanage, no matter how long they stay, perceives a lasting improvement in his/her physical well-being.

  • Funding Needs: Donations to the Preventative Health program are destined to pay local licensed psychologists to work directly with the children.