Faithful Friends

Friendship and generosity gives our organization means to provide the resources necessary to fulfill our commitment to our boys. 

As a sustaining member of our Faithful Friends program, you will directly benefit our ministry by providing a stable source of income for the successful operation of the orphanage. 

Giving monthly as a Faithful Friend, you will receive: 

  • Komboskini Knotted Prayer Rope from Mexico City 
  • Hassle-free giving via automated donations 
  • Update, increase, or alter your pledge at any time 
  • Annual donation statements for tax preparation 
  • News and updates about the boys and our ministry 

School Buddies

In northern Mexico, the average citizen has an 8th grade education level and the quality of that education is drastically lower than one received in the United States. The long-term success and happiness of our young boys hinges on the education that we can provide them. With the help of our School Buddies program, we are able to provide a quality high school education and possibly college, for those who choose to pursue a degree. In addition to their basic educational needs, our program offers the boys daily tutoring from our educational staff who coach them in subjects where they are struggling.

Individuals, small groups or parishes can sign up to sponsor any one of our boys’ education and once they do, they will receive updates on his progress throughout the school year. Various sponsorship level commitments pay for school uniforms and shoes, school supplies and materials, books, special school assessment fees, educational staff and transportation.


We are still in need of sponsors for the school year. If you are interested in becoming a School Buddies Sponsor, please contact our office at 619-426-4610.

Pantry Partners

Our Pantry Partners program allows our friends and parish communities to collect food items, toiletries, cleaning supplies, school supplies and other materials needed to support the needs of St. Innocent Orphanage. Feeding and caring for our growing boys is hard work and we are grateful that many of you choose to promote and run donation drives to help us keep our pantries fully stocked! Pantry Partners that collect 20 boxes or more will be picked up at your location and shipped to us for free, thanks to a generous nation-wide shipping company. For more information, please download and view our detailed resource packet by clicking the "DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS" button below.

We are currently seeking Pantry Partners. If you are interested in participating, contact our Pantry Partners Coordinator, Lena, at or at 619-426-4610.

Virtual Pantry Partners

For individual Pantry Partner Donations please select:

Alternatively you can fill up the shopping cart from the list of items we need right away. We made it easy and simple - just add items you wish to donate to Project Mexico to your shopping cart and pay at the checkout - your donation receipt will be issued as soon as we process the payment.

We will then use your donation to purchase these items. Thank you again for your support!

Home Building Internships

The Project Mexico Internship Program allows young adults to come and serve others in Mexico. This experience is invaluable and offers tremendous possibilities for growth and spiritual development for people of all ages. During their stay, interns can look forward to:

  • Gaining a cultural awareness by living and working in a different country.

  • Establishing lasting friendships through living, praying and working together.

  • Making a lasting contribution by giving of yourself in service to others.

  • Acquiring professional experience in the field of missionary work.

  • Experiencing a meaningful time of spiritual education, growth and reflection.

Every summer, we invite many young adults to participate in our Home Building program. Their primary role is to guide and facilitate our volunteer groups as they build their homes. These passionate, caring and energetic leaders are very special and they represent shining examples of dedicated service in the eyes of our volunteers. Our summer interns live on the orphanage property, spend time with our boys and they embody all that is special about our commitment of service to others. In order to be invited, our summer interns must be 18 years of age or older, able to commit about 9 weeks of their summer, must have participated in at least one home building event and must pass our screening process. 

We are presently accepting Home Building Internship applications through November 30th.

Update Me!

Fill in your contact info and download HomeBuilding 2019 Internship Application Form.

Gap Year Program

The program will be held in Eagle River, Alaska and begins September 15, 2019 and will conclude in August 2020 in Mexico. Interns will go to Mexico in early May to prepare for the summer home building season.

The program will be done in conjunction with OCMC and Saint John Orthodox Cathedral, which will provide a loving, supportive church community for the interns during their stay in Alaska. OCMC missionaries Michael and Jennifer Saur are bringing their immersive missionary experience from Project Mexico to Alaska to help set up and run the program.

Learning service development will include work at the Downtown Hope Center in Anchorage in addition to other social service agencies in Anchorage, Eagle River, and Wasilla. Work with the OCA Diocese of Alaska will be done as well as it becomes available.

There will also be opportunities for Alaskan adventures (i.e. snowboarding, skiing, hiking,etc).

Tuition for the program is $15,000. This covers the entire year and includes travel costs, rent, and a living stipend.

Space is limited, so apply immediately!

To Apply:

Contact program overseer Fr. Matthew Howell  

other internship opportunities

Depending on the needs of our organization and available housing, we will invite others to volunteer or to serve as interns. These volunteer opportunities and internships may be specialized or general in skill type, but the experience is always additive and memorable. Internship lengths vary from one month, to three months or even one year. Candidates must have already participated as a volunteer, be over 18 years of age, and pass our screening process.

Update Me!

Fill in your contact info and learn about Internship and Volunteer Opportunities at the Project Mexico & St. Innocent Orphanage and how to submit your Resume.

Day Trips

If you are unable to participate in one of our summer Home Building weeks, we invite you and your friends to visit St. Innocent Orphanage for 1 to 4 day trip. During one of our Day Trips, you will participate in a service project at the orphanage, meet new friends, learn about our ministry and share a meal with our staff and boys. Our Day Trips are a great way to learn about a new culture and our call to serve those most in need. 

Santa's Helpers

Every year, we work very hard to provide a joyous Christmas celebration for our boys.

For more information email us at or call our office at 619-426-4610. 

Prayer Team

By joining our prayer team, you are offering to keep us in your prayers regularly. Every three months, you will receive a prayer card via email with a list of specific petitions for which we need your prayers. Your prayers are especially important as our dedicated staff and volunteers work diligently to change the lives of so many in the name of Christ.

Prayer Requests

Add your name and the names of your loved ones to the daily prayer list at St. Innocent Chapel. Your name will remain on our prayer list for one month.

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