El Oasis was formed by International Children’s Care (ICC) and is one of their 16 programs on four continents for homeless and needy children.
Created in 1992, the El Oasis Children’s Village in Baja California, Mexico is located in the high desert region which means hot summers and cold winters.
From its beginnings in 1978, ICC resolved that their facilities would not be a typical orphanage but rather unique programs designed to consider the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical needs of the children. They do not want to simply provide food and a roof, but rather provide “homes” and “families” in an atmosphere that would bring love and security to the children.
To this end, El Oasis is not a temporary stop in hopes of adoption
But rather a long term family oriented “home” where the children learn to live together and focus on their education. Married couples along with an Auntie serve as parents to 10 to 12 children in each home.
El Oasis currently has 43 children living in four homes spread across 143 acres. In addition there is a home for staff use, a church, central dining facility, student center and assembly hall, soccer field and a deep well for fresh water on the property.
Short term plans are to start an agriculture program and in 2013 volunteers helped establish gardens and put up a green house. Long term plans are to finish and open ten homes, build an office complex and a gymnasium for use during the winter.