Mama Kia lives on through her Casa de Milagros kids at Niños del Sol

Mama Kia started something beautiful in Peru, but her death left these children orphaned a second time. Will you help us carry on her work?

Mama Kia was a bright light in the world to so many — but no one depended on her as much as the orphaned and abandoned children she was raising at Casa de Milagros in Peru. She was their mother, their champion, and their sole provider. When Kia passed away from cancer in 2010, her beloved children were orphaned a second time. In the chaos and grief following Kia’s death, they lost their mother, their home, and their only source of financial support.

Mama Kia Casa de Milagros financial history

We’re so close. Will you help?

Kia’s grown children did their best to keep things running, but they didn’t have the support Kia had enjoyed. By the year after Kia’s death, the organization was short of paying its bills by more than $100,000. It was a very dark time for the children. They needed support while they grieved, but instead they were dealing with food insecurity, staff turnover, and near-homelessness. The children have had to move at least four times since Kia’s passing.

An American hiker found the struggling orphanage that year and became the sole provider for the kids, but their security was threatened again when he had to step down in 2014. He changed the name to Niños Del Sol, and our current board took over when he left and began building a Global Family to support the kids. We’ve kept them together, and figured out how to continue Kia’s dream on less than 1/3 of the income she had, but we’re having trouble reaching that goal.

The children are thriving with their current caregivers, and we’re committed to supporting them until the youngest finishes college — but we need your help to keep Mama Kia’s dream on track.

Yes! I want to help Mama Kia’s kids






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Ninos Del Sol is a 501(c)3 charity, and your donations are tax-deductible in the United States.


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