Our Story

Our Beginning

It all started 35 years ago when three brothers embarked on a pleasure trip across the Arizona state border into a small, remote village in Mexico. This trip and what they had witnessed changed the course of history. Maybe not on a global scale, but in this little corner of the world, it has undoubtedly changed for the better. They were awestruck with the extreme poverty and gruesome living conditions alongside the sheer beauty of the land and the sweetness of the people living in these villages. Smiling faces on children in rags without food, decent shelter, or even electricity.

Moved by what they saw and wanting to help these kids, the two returned home and gathered the support they needed, and through the gift of one man, their father, built an orphanage. This little home, Casa Elizabeth, has now supported over 2000 children throughout the years, and many have gone on to create happy, healthy, and productive lives.





The Story

It all started 35 years ago when two friends embarked on a pleasure trip across the Arizona state border into a small, remote village in Mexico...

Anna Carillo

Give a Watt Founder

As the Executive Director for Give A Watt, Anna has an entrepreneurial spirit that moves her work, but her desire to be a force for change in the lives of what she calls ``the littles`` drives her initiative and makes it more than a philanthropic cause.

For the past 35 years, her drive to contribute to the lives of abandoned children and finding ways of healing the planet makes Give A Watt a game-changer for the lives of those it touches.

The Reality

When Anna visited the impoverished villages of Mexico, the orphanages in these remote communities were often run by loving and compassionate caretakers, giving the children as much as they could with the resources they had. But these orphanages are often hot spots for abuse due to lack of financial funding from the government, relying mainly on donations. So most workers running the homes are overworked and underpaid, unable to give children the proper living conditions they need to thrive.

This environment of continual lack and neglect ensures the children who age out of the homes never reach their full potential and continue the cycle of poverty for the next generations. Many are either killed or attempt suicide as young adults on their own. Many turns to a life of crime and are prime targets for predators.

It is Anna's commitment to helping solve these issues once and for all to create communities of happy, productive people.

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime”

Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu

Founder of Taoism.

Where We Are Going

According to UNICEF, there are 153 million abandoned children worldwide. We are committed to reaching as many of these children as possible. In 2020, we intend to build ten Solar Greenhouse Learning Centers, feeding, educating, and providing power to 400 children. Each year we plan on doubling our efforts so that by the year 2030, we will have reached over 200,000 children.

Impact starts small, and like a ripple effect, it can expand to the far corners of the globe. Our humble orphanage began in a remote village of Mexico, but is it an undeniable, mighty reminder of the kind of change we can make in our world.