our mission

helping children in latin america

HOLA (Helping Orphans in Latin America) is an officially registered 501c3 status charity based in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Our mission is to empower orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America through building structures, essential needs, financial aid, educational, vocational, and social support, and relationships within the community, enabling hope for the hopeless.


The organization began with a with a small group of Virginia Beach businessmen that visited Nicaragua in 2007 and discovered a beautiful country populated with amazing people but with staggeringly level of poverty.  This trip ignited a passion to help abandoned and neglected children. The organization is committed to serve the most vulnerable children of Nicaragua.




our current works


a statement from our president

"HOLA – Helping Orphans in Latin America began with a small group of Virginia Beach businessmen that visited Nicaragua nearly ten years ago and discovered a beautiful country populated with amazing people but with a staggeringly high percentage of orphans.


This trip ignited a passion to help these abandoned and neglected children. This commitment has resulted in expanding our board to over twenty dedicated individuals with a mission to help the most vulnerable children that truly have no safety net.


HOLA is continually evolving. Our leadership has forged partnerships with other nonprofits including OrphaNetwork, Fill the Bowls, Operation Smile, and other NGO’s to bring more opportunities to Nicaragua’s most vulnerable.


HOLA has developed projects aimed at helping these children in strategic ways to prepare them for life after leaving the orphanages.  The synergy among the membership of HOLA is amazing and I’m proud to be a part of such a wonderful group of caring and generous individuals that are truly making a difference.”


 – Whitt Sessoms, HOLA President


meet our committed volunteer board members

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about our Board of Directors


Join us!

For the fourth year in a row, HOLA is hosting its 4th Annual Pig and Oyster Roast to to help abandoned and neglected children in Latin America.


Country music artist Bobby McClendon will headline the benefit at Eagle’s Nest Rockin Country Bar at 600 Nevan Rd, Virginia Beach, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thurs. Nov. 17, 2016.


Tickets and Sponsorships are available.  For more information contact Bob Young, Board Member and Event Chair at (757) 287-7181 or Chessney Barrick Pullen, Executive Director at chessney@fillthebowls.org

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524 Winston Salem Ave

Virginia Beach, VA 23451




Your one time donation will help with our costs of clothing, housing

and education for latin american children

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