Who And What We Are
St. Stephen’s Charitable Fund (sscfus.org) is a 501(c)3 approved non-profit humanitarian aid organization based in Arkansas, USA. It was chartered by the State of Arkansas in 2005 with a mission to support projects in developing countries, as well as in the United States, for the care of dependent children and seniors in need. It has worked primarily through agencies affiliated with the Catholic Church, but lately, mostly, through America Nicaragua Foundation (ANF) and the Lviv Educational Foundation.
A key Strategy of SSCF is to search out established organizations with proven records in the communities served & partner with them. This strategy takes advantage of synergy, putting funds to work quickly and effectively and avoids duplication of effort.
Work of SSCF
Though relatively small , SCCF has managed to help people in a number of places:
Haiti Honduras Nicaragua Sudan Ukraine Hot Springs, AR Uganda
St. Stephen's Charitable Fund was begun in 2000 when some friends in Hot Springs decided to help with projects for orphans in Ukraine. They became aware of these needs after Steven Hotho went to Ukraine as a volunteer with the Ukrainian Catholic University's English Summer School for seminarians and other students. The first projects were to supply shoes for an orphanage and sponsor a summer camp for street children in Lviv. Later, projects were added for dependent children, as well as other groups. At that time, all our work was organized and developed through Malteser Lviv, a branch of Malteser International which is a worldwide charity of the Order of Malta. With them, we have funded many projects, including a senior center, playgrounds, classrooms, feeding stations and new kitchens for orphanages. Since then, SSCF has worked with Lviv Educational Foundation for continued projects in Ukraine, including a youth club in Lviv, and the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal for a family housing program in Honduras, famine relief in Sudan and pro-life activities in Nicaragua.
Our latest ventures have been associated with the America Nicaragua Foundation to develop social assistance projects in Nicaragua, the second poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. We partnered with the Latin American subsidiary of Coca-Cola to develop a clean water system for the village of Tipitapa, northeast of Managua. ANF provided the development of the site, including legal permits, exploration for the water supply, tank for storage and the lines that run through the area which provide a clean water tap in front of each house. This project was completed at the end of 2017 and the villagers are all receiving clean water for the first time.