About us

A UK-registered charity, Casa Alianza UK has a single-minded and life-changing objective – to help and defend street children across Latin America.

We work tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for our programme partners in Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua. Collectively we help around 10,000 street children a year, equipping them with the material and emotional resources they need to transition successfully into adulthood.

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The team

Could you contribute?

We have vacancies for volunteers to contribute to our programmes both in the UK and overseas. 

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Fred Shortland

Chief Executive

Sue Scarbrow

General Manager

Charlotte Martin


David Thomas


Georgina Mortimer


Julie Sheridan


Our vision & mission


We give children in crisis a hot meal, a shower, clean clothes and medical attention.


Our street educators and staff work hard to build the trust of every single child.


We encourage children to relate to adults based on respect, responsibility and honesty.


Providing a much-needed routine to former street children helps them focus on the future.


Children must be empowered to make their own choices, and we show them how.

The children in our care deserve the highest level of legal protection.

Our Casa Alianza programme partners in Latin America have a Child Protection Policy in place, which complies fully with local legislation, national laws and international conventions. We invite you to find out more about how we safeguard the rights of the children we care for. 

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Take Action

Support street children through our latest appeal

Find out what part you can play in making a huge difference to a street child's future.


Do you have time to spare and skills to help?

Whether you've got your heart set on volunteering at a Casa Alianza shelter in Latin America or want to help out in the UK, we welcome your application.


You’re welcome to browse through our accounts, which we file each year with the Charity Commission. You’ll find a full statement of our financial activities and an at-a-glance guide to how we’ve put our supporters’ donations to good use. 

Our history

From a small volunteer group to an international NGO – our structure might have changed over the years, but the need for our services sadly hasn’t. 

Find out more about our organisation and the approach we take to rehabilitating street children across Latin America.  

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Latest news

Christmas 2014 at Casa Alianza children’s shelters

26th Jan 2015
A few months back we asked for your donations towards Christmas celebrations at the Casa Alianza children’s residences across Latin America. Your generosity meant that our colleagues could create special celebrations designed to give each child respite from their often bleak personal circumstances, and simply enjoy the fun of the festive period. Here’s how the children and staff celebrated in Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico. In Honduras, it’s traditional for childre...
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Christmas on the streets - why it will never be OK

25th Jan 2015
Casa Alianza UK volunteer Katy Morgan describes Christmas for street children in Mexico - and how there is simply no justification Casa Alianza Mexico aims to give the children living here a family life, and part of that is enjoying Christmas just like other children experience: the chance to play, receive gifts and enjoy the normal social life of a teenager. In the run-to Christmas the children attended various ‘posadas’, which means ‘shelter’ in Spanish and represents Mary and...
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