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Montaña de Luz is a faith-based organization dedicated to empowering children, youth, and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Honduras.


Our vision is to become the leading provider of family-based, coordinated care resources for individuals affected by HIV/AIDS in Honduras- dramatically increasing anti-retroviral medication adherence rates, eradicating HIV stigma, and allowing thousands more individuals to live happy, healthy lives. 

Montaña de Luz began as a hospice for children with HIV/AIDS in Honduras whose parents had died or had become too ill to care for them. Located an hour and half to the East of Tegucigalpa on top of a mountain overlooking a valley of small towns and sugar cane fields, the mountain of light is a refuge for children who desperately need the specialized care, nurturing, healing and love provided to them by our committed staff, caregivers, and foster families. Founded in 2000 on an abandoned property, teams came from all over to complete the renovations. In 2001, the first three children arrived at Montaña de Luz, and from then until 2018, we cared for over 65 children. In 2003, we transitioned from being a hospice to being a home thanks to the availability of anti-retroviral medications. Our kids were able to run, play, and go to school like any other child, and we began preparing them for adulthood.

Care has improved even further since then, and in 2018, we announced our ambitious goal to become the leading family-based, coordinated care provider for children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Honduras. We believe that HIV/AIDS should not be a barrier to a child’s right to a family. Montaña de Luz is committed to making a family life possible for each child we serve. Each child, and each family, are different. We provide home visiting family support, foster care, and clinic-based services, with the goal of “meeting families where they are” to keep them together despite HIV/AIDS.

The children we care for range in age from preschool to young adulthood. They come from a wide range of family situations. Children with HIV have special dietary, medical, educational and psychological needs. Many of the children came to us after experiencing extreme poverty, neglect and often time’s abuse– and these barriers are what we work daily to overcome. Your support of this life saving and transformative ministry allows these children to have a chance at a happy, healthy life despite HIV/AIDS.

Meet Our Team

Anna Jackson
Executive Director
Sara Castellanos
National Director

Honduras Staff

Agriculture Coordinator
Laundry, Foster Parent
Caregiver, Casa Luz

US Board of Directors:

Alex Jones
Andrew Graf
Cathy Morrison
Doug Haddix
Drew Sheppard
Laura DiFilippo
Lizzy Unk
Randle Moore
Sandy Boylan
Stephanie Brett
Tia Jackson

Honduran Board of Directors:

José Orlando Torres López
Roberth Osman Vásquez Aguilar
Eulalia Elisa Bustillo Castillo
Karen Elisa Irías Bustillo
Victor Eduardo Erazo Doblado
José Eguigure

Become an Extension of Our Team

Montaña de Luz (MdL) accepts volunteers (Individuals and Couples) to live and work side by side with our staff in Honduras serving and caring for the children who call Montaña de Luz home. During this one year commitment, you will have the opportunity to provide a meaningful contribution to the wellbeing of the children we serve. We need people with all types of backgrounds from education to healthcare to gardening. Learn more about our Long Term Volunteer Program in Honduras!  Learn more about our Long Term Volunteer Program in Honduras.