Casa de la Luna translates to the home of the moon, a place for the children of prostitutes in Oaxaca, Mexico to be raised with love and kindness. The orphanage was started by Dona Coco when three children in the apartment block she lived in were left overnight in the stairwell as their mother was at work and they locked themselves out. When I visited the orphanage housed sixty children aged from a few months to 15, with forty seven living in the orphanage full time the others returning to their single mothers for the nights. Funded entirely by donations and run by Coco and a handful of volunteers, the orphanage is bursting with love and happiness despite the often abusive background many of the children were born into. In a country with no single mothers pension or free childcare, the Casa de La Luna makes a huge difference in the life of these children and their mothers.

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