How We Started


The Casa de Ana Foundation started with one man’s desire to help people in his home country of El Salvador have a better life.  Obed Urquilla left El Salvador in his early 20s and, like thousands of other people who leave their home countries to work abroad, routinely sent money home to help his family, one of whom was his youngest sister Ana. 

As the years progressed, the network of people that Obed helped began to grow, first to his large extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and then to friends and acquaintances, and at times, total strangers, who had learned of his generosity and reached out to him for help.  While he wanted to assist everyone who asked, the list of needs simply outpaced one man’s ability to help.  This was the genesis of Casa de Ana.

A Facebook page outlining the concept was launched in 2016, and the Casa de Ana Foundation was formally incorporated with the Government of Canada in March 2017.  With the corporation now in place, we are busy working towards achieving our goal of helping children and families in need.