Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos™ International
Annual Report 2009
through a year of adversity.
“Every child born into the world is a new thought of God...an ever fresh and radiant possibility.” Father William Wasson
Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos™ International (NPHI), has been caring for children for over 50 years. In 1954, Father William B. Wasson took in the first boy after catching him stealing money from the offering box. NPHI is a Christian mission that strives to provide a permanent family and home for orphaned, abandoned and other at-risk children who live in conditions of extreme poverty. Our programs provide quality education, healthcare and spiritual formation with the goal of raising good Christians and productive members of their respective societies. Over the years, more than 16,000 children have been raised in our family which has expanded to nine countries, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.
Children and adults who received humanitarian 83,000 aid through NPH (medical, education and emergency relief) Children living with HIV that receive 200+ antiretrovirals Children from communities that 5,900+ received academic scholarships NPH youths that passed vocational 211 certifications Children living with family supported by NPH 483 University graduates 20 NPH child surgeries 73
Dominican Republic Opened: 2003 Number of children: 196 Construction of the second school building, chapel and volunteers’ house was completed. A greenhouse project which included training and on-going classes for the children and staff began.
Mexico / Opened: 1954 Number of children: 806 A satellite home was opened in Matamoros with the partnership of Ciudad de los Niños. This is the first new home opening since Fr. Wasson’s passing.
2009 Global Highlights Children cared for on a daily basis 3,300+
2009 Home Highlights
Local job creation and contract work 1600+ NPH staff and youths that received 940 childcare and leadership training NPH Family-style homes built in 12 Nicaragua, Peru and Bolivia Children that celebrated special sacraments 443 (Baptism, Confirmation, First Communion)
Guatemala / Opened: 1996 Number of children: 348 Expanding our outreach, 70 children from low income families participated in a scholarship program at the on-site school and a Cosmetology workshop began. El Salvador / Opened: 1999 Number of children: 446 To increase job expectancy, our home created two new vocational workshops; bakery and carpentry. Fresh bread is eaten daily by our children Honduras / Opened: 1986 Number of children: 527 The Holy Family Surgery Center was inaugurated and one of the homes’ first peqeuños graduated from medical school. Nicaragua / Opened: 1994 Number of children: 320 Eight family style homes were completed in Jinotepe on the mainland. Fifty youths live on-site and attend school in the nearby commuity.
Haiti / Opened: 1988 Number of children: 590 The St. Damien Paediatric Hospital opened a surgery ward and the St. Helene home revamped their Life Programs which included supporting 300 students externally.
Peru / Opened: 2004 Number of children: 71 The home increased by admitting 23 children and two family style homes were completed at the permanent home site in Cañete. Bolivia / Opened: 2005 Number of children: 69 The first three youths graduated from high school and two more family style homes began construction.
financial crunch political unrest earthquakes death roadblocks increased food prices reduced staff government madates floods sporadic utilities unemployment protests hurricanes disease Modern sage, Robert Fulghum, wrote: “If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you’ve got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience.” If you read through the annual reports from our National Directors of the countries where Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos has homes, a common theme this year is that of adversity. It has been a challenging year with the worldwide economic downturn and the resultant tightening of our already painfully tight budget belts. But we at NPH have survived. There has certainly been much inconvenience, as Fulghum writes, and many pet projects and dreams that our National Directors want so badly for the good of the children they love and serve have been shelved for the moment. But we continue to receive the children who most need us, we continue to love and nurture the ones we already have, and we will continue to grow and serve ever more orphaned or abandoned children or those living on the edge of disaster who sorely need our NPH family and homes. For some time now I have been praying that God would just give us one major break… one event, one contact, one door opening that would enable us to break the fundraising logger jam. We hope and pray that that will come. Because as soon as it does, we will be off and running and reaching out to ever more children in ever more countries that need both our services and a visible sign of God’s love working among them. How far will we go? Well, it occurred to me recently that Father Wasson only had NPH Mexico until he was in his early 50’s (which is about my age), and if he was able to establish eight more homes before he died, well then… One of Father Bill’s favorite people – and now a saint – Mother Teresa once said: “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” With some 3,500 children totally dependent on us, I know the feeling. It would certainly make life a lot less stressful if God didn’t trust us so much. But with faith in Him and our trust in all of you and your commitment to our children and NPH mission, we will handle this crisis and all that the good Lord sends our way in the future. God bless you all for your support of some of His most precious children. Father Phil Cleary President, NPH International
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Management Report Childcare. We continued to develop the concept of group living for our children as we move away from dormitory-style accommodation of our children to a more cottage-style living arrangement. In addition to the benefits we expect from encouraging more of a home-like environment, we believe a side benefit will be less of an institutional appearance to the governments that have taken a stand against institutional orphanages. Our new homes in Nicaragua, Peru, and Bolivia are being built on this concept. We also continue to be encouraged by our programs that care for qualifying children in their own homes in Honduras and Haiti. We also have a renewed focus on improving the academic preparation of our children who are able to proceed with their education into college. Government issues. Our NPH Homes are affected by political and government-related issues around the world. We are beginning to identify trends in some countries where we are seeing fewer babies as governments more and more are becoming involved in promoting infant adoption. Our work is hardly over, however, for the number of children who are no longer babies but desperately need our care seems limitless.
The political unrest in Honduras and the political road blocks in Bolivia affected our homes when our children missed school because governmental curfews to avoid chaos prevented our teachers from going to work and prices of scarce gasoline and food experienced sudden price increases. An additional and very worrying concern is a government shift in policy as to appropriate care of abandoned and orphaned children. Nicaragua is an example of this shift of perception in which the government has focused on returning children to potential family caregivers. Fortunately we have been able to work with the local authorities to avoid conflicts and come to a mutual agreement to continue helping these children in need. Financial situation. The financial crisis has affected us all in the different international fundraising offices as well as the local fundraising efforts at the NPH Homes level. NPH Mexico, where 25% of its annual budget is raised locally, was most impacted as local donations decreased substantially. Campaigns for cost cutting were enforced throughout the year in all NPH Homes. But despite this financial crisis, the fundraising offices that support us, Friends of the Orphans, USA and Our Little Brothers and Sisters, Europe worked very hard to
hold to their budget commitments to the NPH homes during the year. Internal audits were performed at all of our homes by our NPH International staff to ensure proper financial management in the homes.
Training. Even though we don’t have a high turnover in our NPH Homes, we continue to train our staff at all levels. Without continuing development of leaders within the organization, we will find ourselves limited in growth due not to financial constraints, but rather due to limits on our human resources.
During 2009, the 2010 budget was developed, with income further eroded by a decrease in local and international funding. We had to use 40% of our system-wide reserves to balance our 2010 budget. Our most significant challenge however, is dealing with the third straight year of flat or lower budgets than the year before, in the face of large inflationary increases in prices of food, fuel, and wages.
Also, in response to the financial crisis, we had a fundraising workshop to teach our local fundraising staffs the basics for better ways to fundraise in our own countries. Also during the year we provided training to Home Correspondents, and to accounting and finance personnel at our homes.
Major construction projects. Our newly established homes in Bolivia and Peru are growing and the need to continue with our “self construction” method to reduce our costs is inevitable. Also we continue with the construction of more houses in the new site at NPH Nicaragua to achieve our goal to move all of the children from the island to the mainland.
Watchdog organizations. Every year local and international authorities increase their requirements for nonprofit organizations like ours in furtherance of transparency. The NPHI staff continues to focus on continuing compliance with these watchdog organization standards.
Communication. We have enhanced our communication of the various activities the NPH Homes undertake. In addition to the already established information reports we now
Miguel Venegas Executive Director, NPH International
Expenses Grand Total 2009 $
Expenses by Country $
Sources of Funds 2009 $
Child Population 2009
publish a monthly construction newsletter covering our major construction projects, along with a bimonthly medical bulletin.
23% Friends USA 446
58% OLBS Europe
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71 Peru 69 Bolivia
2% Friends Canada .4% OLBS Virginia 2% NPH Haiti 2% Other
13% Local income
Public Assistance 1.9%
Guatemala 7.6% El Salvador
Dominican Republic Peru 2.5% Bolivia 2.0%
7.5% Haiti Orphanage
1.5% Sharing Fund 11.8%
General & Admin
5.3% Fees & Insurance 1.3% HIV Expenses 4.8% Fixed Assets 7.5% Construction
Housing 2.1% Transportation
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Family Services When traveling to meet benefactors and friends of the NPH Family, I still often hear the question: “So, what is this, Family Services?” Our team, Alfonso Leon, Donna Egge, Markus Streit and I do have a clear mission: “To ensure excellence in childcare by keeping Father Wasson’s philosophy alive so that the children will develop their full potential and become caring adults and productive citizens of their country.” One great advantage of our work is that we are in close contact with all homes and get to work directly not only with the childcare staff but also with the children. Our team members have become persons of trust to many of the children which gives us the opportunity to have deeper insights into the most current and typical issues with which our children struggle or what brings joy to their lives. We are proud to report that, in spite of financial constraints due to the world wide economic crisis, we have seen great progress in all homes childcare programs. Of course, our team also had to curtail our program, cancelling various workshops. Still, with the assistance of Family Services, all homes have developed leadership programs which are bearing fruit, culminating in the selection of participants for the International Pequeño/a Leadership Workshop to be held in January 2010. Some homes have excellent local Family Service Leadership teams working on continued staff training and preparing our children for life. And all keep Father Wasson as the head of our NPH family alive. It is especially in times when we gather with the children and staff of the various homes to talk about our NPH family and how to keep it developing and growing that we feel Father Wasson’s presence smiling all the way from heaven with great pride, a pride we share and hope you do, too. Reinhart Koehler Director of Family Services, NPH International
Infectious diseases are prevalent in the countries we work. Tuberculosis, HIV and Dengue are on the rise. Chronic diseases are another heavy burden in poor countries. In NPH, 12% of our population has chronic conditions or severe disabilities. They require additional human, material and capital resources to provide the best care possible. All nine NPH countries have a Regional Medical Coordinator working with local staff to train, guide and support them. By working together as a team we are making a significant improvement in the health management of our children. In 2009 we improved documentation in individual medical records, assessed the health status of every single child, completed
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Though times have been hard for us, we have been accepting new children at an incredible rate. We have accepted between 10 and 20 every month this year. As prices and unemployment have increased, the need of the children of Mexico has also exponentially increased. We are proud that we have been able to accept every child that needed us this year. We celebrated our 55th anniversary this year! We honored our beloved founder, Father Wasson, by opening a new home in the north of Mexico, in Matamoros, Tamaulipas. We have been lucky enough to work with John Shinsky to make this project a reality. I can almost hear Father Wasson speaking to me from heaven, saying, “Why did you wait so long, my son?” The Matamoros home, City of the Children, is the first new home opened since his passing in 2006.
Medical Services Salud. It means health in Spanish, and it is the ultimate goal of the NPHI Medical Services team for all of the children in our homes. Good health is one of the most important conditions necessary for a child to reach his or her full potential, to become a productive member of their community and to break the cycle of poverty.
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that 2009 has been an especially challenging year. At the beginning of the year the situation looked hopeful, but the sudden downturn worldwide and the resulting devaluation of the peso caused ripple effects throughout our homes all over Mexico. Our proximity to the United States makes us especially sensitive to its economic situation, and local fundraising, though doing an incredible job, has not been able to make up for the losses worldwide.
nutritional evaluations, and developed and implemented a safer essential drug list. Also, every home now does regular tests of the drinking water and pest control. Our workshop in April 2009 focused on infectious diseases, monitoring the primary care of children with HIV, how to screen and manage TB, and how to develop a contingent plan when an epidemic strikes in a home. The local medical staff from Mexico flew home the day after news of the H1N1 epidemic in Mexico broke, and had the opportunity to put into practice their new epidemiologic training even sooner than expected. Teams of healthcare professionals from Canada, the US, and Switzerland provided excellent support in dental care, assisting with well-child medical checkups and TB screening. Especially in times of economic crisis, we face many challenges in providing all of the medical services our children need. Thanks to all NPH supporters and the work of our local and international medical teams, we hope to overcome the barriers and reach the dream of partnering with the local clinic staff to achieve better health for all of our children and the others still in need of a family like ours. Pilar Silverman, MD Executive Director of Medical Services, NPH International
In April, we watched in shock as the new H1N1 virus pandemic unfolded in Mexico and the world. Upon learning of the seriousness of the situation, we trained our employees and children in all of the recommended safety techniques. We eventually closed our doors for a week in order to fully protect our children. Thankfully, we have had only one case of a child infected with the virus. Because of our well-trained staff and quick-thinking doctor, we were able to isolate the child and fully cure him. No other children were affected. Throughout the year we have cut spending in every department and are using the things we have instead of buying new things. Our children did not receive new uniforms this year and we have been relying on our generous donors to provide us with essential items such as sheets and towels. Our biggest financial challenge this year has been college tuitions. We have over 100 students in our university program and I don’t even want to imagine the day when we could be forced to cut spending in this area, in the investment in the future of our children. I would like to extend my sincerest acknowledgement and thanks to our amazing and resourceful fundraising offices for all of their work this year. It is heartening to see the response that we have had from our new and continued friends, donors, benefactors, and godparents. Without you, our labor of love would not be possible. Rafael Bermudez National Director, NPH Mexico
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NPH is proud to announce the opening of our new home in Matamoros, Tamaulipas! Our new home opened in conjunction with John Shinsky, who dreamed of opening a home for needy children for many years. He has now made that dream a reality with City of the Children, NPH Mexico’s fifth home. Two of our hermanos mayores, or children who grew up in our home and are now adults, Julio and Erick, took on the great responsibility of running this new home as Director and Administrator. At the end of 2009 we had 12 children at this site, with an additional two enrolled in our technical high school in Cuernavaca. In 2009 we had a particularly difficult year due to the economic situation throughout the world, and Mexico was no exception. Various godparents and donors needed to suspend their contributions, but this made us work even harder. We have stepped up our fundraising efforts and have received an amazing response from foundations, NGOs, and individuals from all over Mexico. This has included a restructuring of our department into the following areas: public relations, Mexican godparents, monetary donations, goods donations, communications, second-hand thrift store, and greeting cards.
high-risk areas and were lucky enough to take many new children into our home from these areas. While visiting one such area, we met a 14-year-old boy who wanted to join NPH, as his access to a high school education was limited. He enthusiastically joined our high school in Cuernavaca to receive the education that was unavailable in his community. We continued our three annual visits to the Center for Social Rehabilitation (CERESO) where many of our children’s parents are serving their prison sentences. The children are able to spend the day with their siblings and parents, sharing food, talking, and playing soccer. Parents are given the chance to talk to house directors to discuss the progress of their children. In July, a family of four children entered NPH who had been abandoned by their mother five years before. They lived in extreme poverty. Their poor living conditions, which failed to provide life’s most basic necessities, coupled with the blindness of their father, brought this family into the larger family of NPH. The children now live with the assurance there will be food at every meal, a warm and clean place to sleep, and clothes on their back.
Our database of supporters holds promise: 1,200 Mexican godparents, 5,000 donors, and 2,700 card buyers. It is amazing to see how these different groups overlap; for example, godparents buy cards and people who buy cards become godparents. We expect our numbers to grow with our recent mailing to 30,000 people in Mexico.
A river runs through the town of Milpillas, the site of our Garbage Dump Outreach Program, and in the rainy season it rains every morning. When the rain is strong, the river swells, and the children cannot cross to get to our school bus that awaits them on the other side.
Our family at NPH Mexico continues to grow. This year, we invited over 100 new children to our family, three of whom were readmitted. Ten of those children were rescued from extremely at-risk environments. We conducted home visits to many
Last fall our National Director, Rafael Bermudez, decided to change this and he decided to build a bridge. Through the hard work and dedication of many people at NPH Mexico, and the extraordinary help of Rotary Club Nieuwerkerk in Holland and our friends at WereldOuders in Holland, we were able to find the funds to build the bridge. Luckily we found an amazing architect who not only completed the
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bridge in under a month, but he employed several men from the Milpillas community to build it! It was a beautiful example of NPH working with the community. A leadership group named Life Lessons was started this year by volunteer Tommy Keeley. It focuses on the personal and professional growth of our university-bound youth in their last year of service through eight important themes: financial responsibility, university study, service to others, healthy relationships, time management, finding employment, basic etiquette, and goal setting. There are currently 34 young people in their second year of service enrolled in this program, which, with proper funding, will be greatly expanded in 2010 to include middle school, high school, the Life Transition Program, and university students. Our 2010 plans include accepting as many new children as possible. We have never seen so many children seeking admittance, and it is an indicator that the poverty here in Mexico is growing stronger and scarier ever day. We are the only option for many families and children, and we will not say no to anyone who needs us. Our plan for 2010 is to continue our strong local fundraising efforts and also to start knocking on the doors of government agencies and private companies to seek the help that we need. Our family of big brothers and sisters continues to grow as our pequeños graduate from high school and college and begin their own families. When our pequeños leave the home, they receive $200 a month for the first three months. This gives them a little more flexibility while they find a place to live and buy their food for the first time. We are
proud to say that NPH Mexico has an excellent reputation for producing leaders that go on to work not only here at NPH Mexico but also at other NPH homes. Here with us at NPH Mexico are National Director Rafael Bermudez and Administrator Jose Luis Guzman, along with all of our House Directors. The National Directors of two other NPH homes are former pequeños of NPH Mexico, as well. The Executive Director of NPHI, Miguel Venegas, along with NPHI’s associate director, Fernando Gres, also grew up right here at NPH Mexico. This has been a hard year for people all over the globe. Here in Mexico we have seen unemployment, poverty, prices, taxes, and crime rise, along with the number of children who need to enter our home. Many of our loyal godparents have called us personally to talk to us about lowering their donation instead of discontinuing. Other godparents and donors who could no longer give financially called to ask in what other ways they could show their continued commitment. We have cut spending in every area of our home. The children did not receive new school uniforms this year and are making do with last year’s. We have cut down our electricity consumption by being vigilant about use and removing old or unused apparatuses from use. We have also increased production on our farm, used refillable printer cartridges, and given more corn and sorghum (which we produce) to our farm animals to eat instead of buying feed. Along with many other large and small items we have cut back on, these conservation measures will allow us to save enough to get through these hard times.
Our Milpillas program currently serves over 100 children. Leticia is our only university graduate to date, but we have two more students from this community studying engineering at the university level, as well as 11 more in our technical high school. “It’s true that sometimes life can be cruel and there are moments in which you lose hope and strength to continue, but it’s also true that miracles exist and hard moments are just a test of strength. You all can be sure that your efforts to brighten the lives of little ones have been worthwhile,“ Leticia.
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Honduras Though the world is in crisis, the fundraising offices have had quite a lot of success this year. UKBS Germany helped us with three of our most urgent projects: a corn harvester that allowed us to harvest the 100 tons of corn donated by Gemeinnützige Erbacher-Stiftung, a smart and efficient new social worker, Griselda, who is working in Mexico City and helping us tremendously, and the urgent renovating of a bathroom in our high school. WereldOuders, along with the generous help of Novisource, sent us money to buy didactic materials for our special education and psychology departments, and further helped those same departments by providing them with much needed white boards, chairs, tables, and other infrastructure items. Thanks to Sint Laurensfonds, we were able to start a Rehabilitation Center, which will officially open its doors in January 2010. We were able to buy new classroom desks
for our primary and middle schools because of the help from Groen van Prinstererschool, Hilversum. The Milpillas Bridge, which was built so that the children in this outreach program can get to school when it rains, would not have been possible without the generous support of Rotary Club Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel. We would like to thank Mary Lou & Leo Hundt for their donation of shoes for graduation for our children, which double as school shoes during the year. David & Regina Krause gave a gift which will help to cover some of the costs of our university program, and no thank you would ever be complete with mentioning the generous Latham Family for their continued and generous support. We would also like to thank UKBS Switzerland for their help with repairing our electrical system, French actress and singer Arielle Dombasle for her help in raising money for new pajamas for our children, and Banamex Mexico and Oxxo Mexico (through local fundraising efforts) for their tremendous help in buying materials for our middle school workshops, sheets and towels for every child in our care, and a new computer lab for our technical high school.
Graduates - University: 17 Technical High School: 46 Middle School: 50 Primary School: 42 Kindergarten: 7
In December 2009, NPH Mexico hosted 200 of their brothers and sisters for the Third Annual Father Wasson International Soccer Tournament. El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico homes participated in the four day tournament. The first place women’s team was awarded to Mexico and the first place men’s team went to Guatemala. The closing ceremony was concluded with trophies for the teams and dinner and dancing. The youths enjoyed meeting their brothers and sisters from other countries plus for most of the youths it was their first experience of traveling and visiting another NPH home.
Youths in their Year of Service: 73 University Students: 100 Technical High School: 146 Technical Middle School: 177 Life Transition Program: 16 Milpillas: 110 New children accepted in 2009: 130
2009 has been a challenging year in Honduras. We have felt the fallout of the economic downturn that has generated an increase in unemployment and crime and has had a negative impact on our funding; we have witnessed political and social unrest as our government was toppled and riots broke out on the streets of Tegucigalpa; and we have had to endure the tragic loss of one of our younger children. But 2009 has also brought us happiness and joy, and filled us with pride as we have watched our children grow, celebrate, laugh, graduate, and mature, or simply watched our children enjoying a safe and genuine childhood. These tough times have helped us to come together, to support one another, and to find creative solutions to the problems and challenges that we face. Financial constraints have forced us to increase efficiency and find ways of generating more income ourselves, and personnel cuts have required us to redefine responsibilities and to find new ways of effective cooperation between departments. And throughout the year, we have been looking for new ways to improve the care that we give our children and young people in NPH Honduras. Thanks to the enduring support of Donna Egge, of NPH International Family Services, we have a new Family Services department that is dedicated to providing trainings to our childcare staff, teachers, and children – an initiative that is sure to give us many good fruits in the future. At NPH Honduras, we strive to help and guide our children towards lives of good and a future of honesty, independence, and dignified work. Many of our youths who support our home in their years of service have taken true ownership and pride in the work that they do, be it in the vegetable gardens, the school, the farm, the clinics, or other departments. Some of these youths have also come together to form a leadership group, through which they hope to help their younger brothers and sisters through talks, activities, projects, and excursions. NPH Honduras is a huge family of children, young people, and adults. Every day, the buzz and bustle of busy workers and kids can be felt in the air as people carry out our duties and responsibilities. But none of this would be possible without the support of our extended family of donors, sponsors, benefactors, and friends who continue to support us over the years. On behalf of all of our children, staff, and volunteers a big, heartfelt thank you! Stefan Feuerstein National Director, NPH Honduras
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The Montessori Program at Rancho Santa Fe where 90 children study made a significant philosophical shift from more traditional teaching methods to a more focused Montessori method-based program. This change was made possible in part due to donations for the Montessori program, with a special thanks to the continued fundraising efforts of Donna Egge of NPH International Family Services. Currently, we are developing the Language Learning Area, and next will begin to elaborate on our Geography, Science, and History areas.
In February 2009, Merlin Atunez,
In grades 1-3 we are also changing the workspace and the methods used to connect with children to broaden the scope of the Montessori program. These changes have created a more consistent learning and teaching style so that the students can learn without interruption between kindergarten and 3rd grade.
to all the children. Not only is
At our elementary school, educating 66 children from grades 4-6, we have focused on evolving the Montessori Method employed in our pre-school and integrating it into a more relevant and useful tool in the ongoing education system. To do this, teachers placed a new focus on the spatial planning of classrooms, along with materials to help the children’s learning experience become hands-on and interactive. After completing their studies at the academic school, the children move onto the next step in their educational studies, the Vocational Center. Instead of classes focused on basic learning techniques, students now spend their days learning more specific lessons in Mathematics, Social Studies, and Technical Drawing. Classes like these help prepare the children for their furthering education in high school, like becoming an engineer or teacher. Aside from these classes, the children also begin to learn a trade that they can take with them after stepping out on their own. Each child chooses a specialty to study, including: metalwork, electricity, shoemaking, sewing, tailoring, and carpentry. At the end of each school year the students take a certification exam through a nationally recognized organization specialized in vocational training and examination called CADERH. If the students pass after two to three exams, they begin a twomonth internship called Practica, where they move in with extended family members or former NPH family members, and work in a local industry to ply their trade and put their studies into practice. This is especially helpful for those students who do not always show their best abilities inside of a classroom, but are able to put this knowledge into practice and real life experience. Students learn about the cost of food and utilities, as well as learning how to handle living and working in a city.
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one of the first pequeño’s of NPH Honduras, graduated from medical school. Since then he has taken the opportunity to come and work at Rancho Santa Fe as the attending physician
The children of NPH Honduras live for the most part at the Rancho Santa Fe. Here, the youngest children live together in a house called Casa Suyapa, named after the Virgin Mother of Honduras. As the kids grow up they are split into boys’ and girls’ homes, The Good Shepherd and Talita Kum (which means Girl Rise Up). Each house is has its individual hogares (homes), where children of similar ages live together. At the Good Shepherd there are 138 boys ages 10 and older, and 145 girls call Talita Kum their home.
he a great example of what the children can achieve here, but he has also had a huge impact on our Internal Clinic. Thanks to Merlin’s efforts, the children now have a constant attending physician who knows their case history and previous treatments.
The volunteer program at NPH Honduras forms an integral part of the Rancho Santa Fe family. Every six months, we receive a new group of dedicated volunteers who work in different areas including physical education, therapy, educational reinforcement, childcare, medicine, technology, sponsorship and MyGoodShop.org, a website to create another path for people to donate and support our family. We have seen some impressive steps over the last year on our farm. It is split into two portions, the animal farm and the vegetable farm, and we have planned and organized our farming system to most efficiently and cost-effectively produce goods to meet the needs of our children each day. We currently produce more than the required 200 liters of milk per day, so now we’re looking at ways to manage the surplus of milk on hand. For some time, we have been selling eggs from our chickens into the community. Also, with the help of the youths in their year of service, our farm is producing more and more vegetables with each harvest. Aside from the large amount of beans and rice that we consume each day, we now grow all of our own vegetables. When it comes to what is important at NPH Honduras, the children always come first. With this in mind we began a Family Services Department to better prepare caregivers and volunteers to care for the children, as well as having seminars to help educate each child with knowledge and the strength and power to act accordingly.
Our Leadership Group is made up of children elected by their peers. They have a plan of action to help the children of NPH become more independent and self-sufficient, in preparation for life when they leave the home. These leaders are elected to their post because they have been good role models and now is their time to take the next step and be examples for their younger brothers and sisters. Also, we will open the new Youth Activities House, a place where our various support groups can come together and meet quietly without interruption. We will also begin a shift in methodology at our Vocational Center in the form of a new course of classes called Escuela Practica. Students will learn three different tasks to help prepare them for their steps after NPH in an independent and positive manner. They will learn specifically the lessons of cooking, sales, and handicrafts, which will bring a greater amount of creativity and independence to the students. In terms of our resource management, upkeep, and maintenance, we hope to create battery packs for various buildings and build a new irrigation system. During the rainy season power outages are a frequent occurrence that can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an entire day. We have a main generator to bring energy during those longer outages but it is costly and most of the outages are rather short. Another project we would like to realize is a irrigation system which would harness our water supply through recycling the excess water as it filters through our sinks and drains. Doing so will allow us to reuse water. Saving thousands of gallons of water will allow us to use this resource for other projects, helping to make us more self-sufficient and independently viable.
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Our Public Relations office is working to bring our cause to the forefront of Honduran society. By working closely with various local businesses and banks, as well as providing a catalogue of needs, much like MyGoodShop, we hope to bring in a greater amount of local donations. When one of our pequeño/as leaves NPH, it doesn’t mean that he or she is no longer a part of the NPH family. NPH Honduras has a special department aimed at helping these Hermanos Mayores in a variety of different ways, building networks to find employment and places to live as well as scholarships for furthering education. At one printing business in particular, seven Hermanos Mayores began working there as interns, but after showing outstanding understanding and drive for their work they have continued to work there as employees. Because of the positive reaction from these original seven, the commercial print shop continues to accept new Hermanos Mayores for six-month internships. At our External Clinic we provide affordable basic medicine like check-ups and blood testing. After a visit with the doctor, patients may then go to our pharmacy to pick up their medication. Over the past year the External Clinic has attended to over 10,000 people, some of whom travel for hours to get to us. At the Holy Family Surgery Center, an extension of our External Clinic, we provide an opportunity for weekly minor operations with the help of a local surgeon. In the public hospitals, since these are not life threatening conditions, such operations are overlooked due to lack of resources and available doctors. Thanks to the continued determination of Reinhart Koehler and the entire Daly family, Dr. Peter Daly with a brigade of physicians from Minnesota performed the first surgeries on children from NPH. Without the Daly family this could never have become a reality; their devotion is not only
something to be commended but looked on as a benchmark of what we can do if we truly put our mind to it. This past year two brigades of doctors performed larger orthopedic surgeries like repairing broken wrists and torn ACLs. These teams were able to perform a variety of surgeries on people from the local community as well as children and caregivers from NPH. NPH Honduras is proud to announce the addition of a new wing to our library at the school thanks to Air France. With this new space the children will have more room to study individually, as well as have an area for presentations and more space to hold all the books we wish to have! HSBC Bank of Honduras has donated a new solar hot water heater for Casa de los Ángeles, where children with severe physical disabilities live. The children revel in HSBC’s coming because they bring piñatas, cakes, hugs, and games for everyone. Another local bank, BAC Bamer, also began to introduce its employees and they repainted the interiors of all the girls’ houses. Also NPH Honduras proudly announces the replacement of the girls’ lockers since the old ones were disintegrating. This has been a blessing to receive and we thank Father Ken Hume from the bottom of our hearts for his deep love and generosity. We also thank the Förch Family who has generously donated funds to build a much needed Youth Activity House where the HIV support group and other children’s groups will have a place to meet. Thanks to the Marx family we were able to bring new books and monitors in to help with the children’s learning. We’re happy to receive word from Golnar Jahanmir, who has been able to collect funds from individuals and communities to get the children of NPH Honduras braces for happy and healthy smiles. All of these people, as well as many others, have contributed so much to the children of NPH Honduras. Without everyone’s help we could not have been so full of joy this year, as well as build the foundation for joy and education in the coming years.
Even in developed countries where there is stability, peace, and richness of resource, there are many difficulties and faults that benevolent organizations face in trying to carry out their mission. For sure we have our difficulties and failures. We do our best to learn from them. At NPFS we are continually reminded of the many positive results of our work. In 2009 we made huge strides in our Programs for Life. We separated our life programs for children into two formal pieces: St. Helene Foyer and St. John Bosco. St. Helene is now under the direction of Sr. Altagrace Mathias and remains the home for our children in Kenscoff ages 6-14 for the study of primary classic school. Once they finish 9th grade the children transition to the St. John Bosco program where they live with family, if possible, or in rented group housing. St. John Bosco is under the direction of Mme. Yolenne Voltaire who is working hard to ensure all the children are in good schools and additionally working on life skills to prepare them for independence. Francisville has opened this year as we welcomed several teams from Italy to teach the first groups of apprentices in baking and auto mechanics. At Francisville we will be able to open more doors to our children from St. Helene and the St. Luke street schools. We will offer a top level secondary school and professional and vocation schools allowing our children to spring-board onto higher educational and opportunities to study online or abroad. Francisville includes small business creation with our cement block making which also enabled us to build the building with our own bricks. And we also make thousands of loaves of delicious bread daily that we use in our street school programs to combat malnutrition. The hospital in Haiti is now an international phenomenon! The surgery center opened in May and during November we performed in Haiti the first ever neurosurgeries involving repair of central nervous systems. We are the only institution treating pediatric cancers and have just started treating non-solid tumors, namely leukemias and lymphomas. We also began using a digital X-ray which helps us connect more quickly with the outside world for life-saving diagnosis.
We have the largest special needs outreach day school and therapy program at Kay Germaine. St. Damien is writing the protocols for HIV treatment in the pediatric population for Haiti. We are high profile for the U.S. government in their battle against AIDS and we are doing all the physician training for this project in Haiti. As we add another dimension of pre-natal care we are able to help the future children of Haiti and their mothers so their precious lives start off in a positive way. The St. Luke program honors Fr. Wasson with what we call the Fr. Wasson Forum. This is a university in the sense of providing intercultural experiences and short courses. We have had students studying language and university prep in Mexico, some in university in the Dominican Republic, students in Italy for car mechanics, industrial printing, midwife training, surgical training, a few students in US for training on the digital X-ray and hospital lab science, and one in Germany for training on mygoodshop.org. We have sent a few groups to Florida to Sea World and Kennedy Space Center, and to Rome for the Canonization of St. Damien. This program opens the world to young Haitians, and everyone is enriched in the process. 2010 we will focus with our staff on our mission and why we are here in Haiti: for the children and the care of others out of the goodness of our hearts and dreams for the poorest of the poor. For the future of St. Damien Hospital we are keeping our eye on advancing our staff to do things no other hospitals are doing in Haiti. We also remember the saintliness of Fr. Wasson, and pray we might all stay strong and dedicated to the huge mission of mercy he started when he began NPH! May we enjoy God’s blessing as we continue to carry out Fr. Wasson dreams! Fr. Rick Frechette, CP National Director, NPFS Haiti
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St. Damien Pediatric Hospital Our mission at St. Damien Hospital is to provide healthcare for the most marginalized members of Haitian society. This includes children who live in the most abject poverty as well as those inflicted with stigmatized diseases such as HIV. To honor this mission, the hospital was named after Father Damien of Molokai who dedicated his life to treating quarantined lepers, otherwise considered unapproachable to the rest of society. On October 11, 2009, Father Damien was canonized a saint in Vatican City with 14 members of the hospital staff in attendance. In the summer of 2008 the Kay Aux Bois program began in which children recovering from malnutrition and tuberculosis were moved into what was once the volunteer house behind the hospital. There, with the supervision of a nursing staff, the children are able to recover in an atmosphere that is less clinical and more homelike. In addition, the program helps to clear beds in the hospital for other children who need more acute care. The success of Kay Aux Bois has helped St. Damien treat many more children in 2009 than in previous years.
St. Damien is especially proud of Dr. Jacqueline Gautier and her work with the HIV/AIDS and public health center. This year, with thanks in a large part to funding from PEPFAR, she collaborated with GHESKIO to re-write the standard treatment procedures for pediatric HIV in Haiti. Dr. Gautier trained two groups of Haitian physicians and medical personnel who will be dispatched to other areas of Haiti on how to most effectively treat the disease.
The most exciting event in 2009, was the inauguration of our new operating room. Dr. Guiseppe Riitano, an Italian vascular surgeon, first came to Haiti in late 2007 and since then has been working to complete wing of the hospital. In August of 2008 he brought three St. Damien employees, two of which grew up in the St. Helene orphanage, Thanks in large part to Sister Judy Dohner, a long-time NPFS Haiti family member, and Dr. Riitano along with NPH Italy, the wing has been equipped with the best surgical
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In 2009, Fr. Rick Frechette received the Hollywood Humanitarian Award for his dedication to fighting injustices and creating social change, especially for the children of Haiti.
and sterilization equipment. Dr. Guiseppe Riitano performed the first operation on June 9th and then handed over the reins to Dr. Harry Jeudy, a Haitian-born surgeon and
Sister Judy Dohner has been the organizer for Rotary International’s Gift of Life program where hospitals, medical staff, and generous humanitarians donate the resources needed to perform life-saving cardiac operations. Specifically, Sunrise Rotary in Marco Island, Florida has sponsored seven children to be the recipients of such procedures.
Dr. T. Narcisse St. Damien Hospital Administrator
the construction on the two-room surgical
to Italy to train as surgical technicians. St. Damien’s cancer program continues to treat more and more patients and we have expanded our abilities to treat leukemia and lymphomas in addition to solid tumors of the eye, liver, and kidney. This year St. Damien was equipped with new digital sonogram and X-ray machines that will not only decrease chemical pollution and waste in Haiti, but will also allow us to better consult with physicians around the globe.
St. Damien aims to become a level four hospital that will be able to perform complex surgeries and treat severe medical cases. With the continued support of generous donors and with cooperation of other local NGOs we are confident we will meet this goal in the coming years.
full-time employee of St. Damien Hospital. The operating rooms now see on average four to six surgeries a week. Dr. Jeudy performs small procedures such as hernias and circumcisions as well as more advanced operations such as tumor removals.
Kay Christine, Eliane and Germaine This past year was an eventful year for all of us here in Kay Christine. Unfortunately, not all our news is good. In April, we lost Darlene Leon and after being with us for 13 years, it was by no means easy to say goodbye. Only five months later, Audelina, who had been with us for 12 years, also passed away. Even though neither of these young ladies could speak a word, they were very much loved in our home. In our rehab programs we also lost some children
and we joined our sorrow with that of the grieving mothers and somehow we accepted that these precious ones were gone to a better place. We have already welcomed three new children into our Kay Christine home. This spring Cleevens, Mania, Rose Therlie, Deristin, Indira, and Marie Anje all made their first Holy Communion. Our Special Needs riding program continues to grow and through it our children are becoming world travelers. This year alone Darlene Milord went to Florida, Germany, and Denmark. Florida was part of our annual trip to partake in a Special Olympics event and we went with five children – representing our three programs for Special Needs. In August we went with Polento and Darlene to Germany to partake in an equestrian event called German Friendships. In November, Darlene was nominated to receive an award in the Against all Odds Category for her equestrian skills at the FEI Awards in Copenhagen, Denmark. We met Princess Haya of Jordan among other names in the horsing world. We are very proud of Darlene and her accomplishments. Our two rehab programs Kay St. Germaine and Elaine are going very well and over 60 children enjoy special needs schooling. These kids proudly wear their uniforms and their mothers are very happy to see them doing so well. We continue to receive many children for therapy each day and our four therapists are kept busy. As the year comes to an end and I look at the kids in my care and I thank God for the gift of their lives. I look at the mothers and their children coming each day to our centers and I thank God that they have these centers to come to each day and I thank God for all of our supporters who enable us to do what we do. Gena Heragty NPFS Special Needs Program Director
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St. John Bosco As in all NPH homes, the children of NPFS St. Helene in Haiti grow up with an excellent education in a nurturing environment far from the violence and poverty of the city. Unfortunately, even with all the tools we provide for them to succeed, there are so few employment opportunities available in Haiti that they face innumerable challenges when they leave the orphanage. In order to better prepare pequeños/as for an independent life, the St. John Bosco program was established in early 2009. The program financially supports children living outside the home in Kenscoff while they continue their education beyond St. Helene’s primary school. Its intention is to allow children to adapt to life in Port-au-Prince before graduating completely from the orphanage. Prior to this year, children who outgrew the orphanage were still supported by NPFS, but the St. John Bosco program has restructured this support system. After graduating the 9th grade, children who wish to continue with a traditional education must attend a secondary school in Port-au-Prince. If at all possible, the children live with their extended family while receiving financial support from NPFS. If the students do not have family, they live in homes rented by NPFS with caregivers and up to 20 pequeños in a range of ages. In this way, the children can slowly adapt to life in the city and become an active member of the community. After secondary school and an extra year of service, the children will have a chance to attend university. If the student chooses, he or she may attend a vocational school in place of secondary school. In addition to the 11 children in kindergarten and 307 in primary school living in the St. Helene Orphanage, in the St. John Bosco program we have 73 children in primary school, 109 in secondary school, 25 attending university in Haiti, 14 in vocational school, and 18 completing their year of service to the hospital which totals 239 currently being financially supported by NPFS while living outside of the St. Helene home.
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Outreach As is the case in the countries of all NPH homes, need in Haiti extends far beyond orphaned children. It is for this reason that our pediatric hospital was established over 20 years ago. Since then, NPFS Haiti has expanded its outreach to include a rehabilitation center for special needs children, primary schools in the poorest slums of Port-au-Prince, medical clinics, and our latest project, which is Francisville, the educational campus near St. Damien Hospital. Francisville is providing jobs and job training to the poorest citizens of Haiti. In addition, it will be an educational resource for the students graduating from the St. Helene orphanage. A high school will also be constructed within the training center.
15 children each day in Warf Jeremie. In 2009, we opened a prenatal clinic in Tabarre near the St. Damien Hospital. The clinic offers care to pregnant women in the form of regular physician visits, prenatal care education, and vitamin supplements. Within the next year, St. Luke aims to establish multiple satellite prenatal clinics within the poorest areas of Port-au-Prince where the women can more easily attend regular check-ups. Once the new clinics are up and running, the building in Tabarre will be used as the delivery center. The prenatal network and the delivery center will work to combat the country’s exorbitantly high childbirth mortality rate and ensure that more babies are born healthy to healthy mothers.
At NPFS Haiti, we are particularly proud of our association with St. Luke, which was founded by Father Rick Frechette and is currently being expertly managed by two former pequeños, Augustin Jean Nebez and Augusnel Osme. The program not only manages all outreach schools and health clinics, but it provides much needed employment opportunities to many youth graduating from the St. Helene orphanage. Currently, St. Luke operates or supports 18 schools in the slums of Warf Jeremie and Cite Solei, Delmas, Petionville, and Kenscoff. The schools are free to the children leaving only the cost of the uniform and the books to the families. About 300 children attend each school and all receive a hot meal at lunchtime, which is in some cases is their only meal of the day. In 2002 the St. Jude Program started enrolling children who live on the streets into the schools. For these children, the uniform and books are provided. Approximately 150 children meet at a park each morning where they eat breakfast of a sandwich and juice and then are transported to their respective schools. Last year marks the first graduation of a St. Jude student. St. Luke also runs two clinics outside of the St. Damien Hospital. The first clinic was opened ten years ago, and between a staff of two doctors, pharmacist, and a handful of nurses and auxiliaries, it serves about 35 adults and
In Haiti where the majority of the country lives on less than $2 a day, many of its citizens subside on donations by international aid organizations. With the economic situation of 2009, however, the aid is shrinking and the need is growing. In addition, most of the food in Haiti in imported and with skyrocketing food prices such as the tripling cost of rice, even Haitians with education and employment are surviving on less. The backlash of this is two-fold for NPFS Haiti: for one, more and more people are in need of our medical and food distribution assistance while our own budget is smaller, and two, pequeños graduating from the St. Helene orphanage are entering a society in which it is increasingly difficult to support themselves. At NPFS Haiti we are facing this recent economic challenge by making further improvements to operate as efficiently as possible. In addition, we are expanding our efforts to help our children find work in Haiti through apprenticeships which lead to paid employment, positions in St. Luke, and with education and employment opportunities in Francisville. In spite of this challenge we continue to expand our programs to better serve the people of Haiti. We are only able to do this because of our generous donors who graciously continue to financially support our programs even when they too are facing the same worldwide financial crisis. For 2009, NPFS Haiti would like to especially thank the following contributors: Spain: Roviralta Foundation, Creatia Foundation, Renta Corporación Foundation, Netri Foundation, Barceló Foundation, AECID (Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo), Amsala Association. Austria: Mr. Otto Cornides and Mr. Richard Murray. Belgium: Mr. Joseph Verellen. Germany: Bild Hilft, Kindermissionswerk, Action Medeor, Alissa Jung and Janin Reinhard. Netherlands: KidsRights, Mr. Willem Bakhuys Roozeboom Stichting and Mundo Crastino Meliori. France: M. Denis Herbaut. Italy: We want to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of Fondazione Francesca Rava NPH Italy, and their commitment to Haiti through their donors and sponsors of the various Haitian programs, especially Francisville.
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Nicaragua I would like to share a message that Father Wasson gave me once: “A leader has to understand that not only his experience will shape his style of being but it may also be shaped by the people surrounding him.” I would like to say that this really is what has happened at NPH Nicaragua. Each one of us has become an essential part of the daily life of our family. I always find myself admiring and respecting the dedication Sister Alana gives to every child and staff of our babies’ house, Casa Asis. I have noticed she does this because she feels a deep love for the work, which dignifies the care that our children receive. In Casa Santiago, our home on the island, our House Director and Hermano Mayor, Yader, works diligently with our children. The staff perceives his unconditional surrender to his work. I am able to see it through the joy of our children and staff. Our new house, Casa Padre Wasson, is led by Reynaldo, a person with qualities that give a special touch to his work with our young adolescents. It is very important to see how our teenagers have fared towards the introduction of new values that prevail in society. Reynaldo is in charge of accompanying them in this difficult task as they attend public schools and carry out social services in the community. For example, they visit the nursing home at Jinotepe, where they bathe and shave the elderly and help them to eat, but more importantly give them the warmth of another human being. Casa Santa Clara and Guadalupe, home to our future leaders in Managua, take their role within and outside the home seriously. They are involved in programs such as the Nicaraguan Red Cross, the Catholic Church Programs, and some are now working with street children of Granada. Nor can I forget my wife, Marisela, and daughters, Dulce María and Ashley, who are always by my side to give me the energy I need in the least expected moments. In our offices in San Jorge, I appreciate all the hard work and dedication that each one provides and, especially now, that unity strengthens us. Raul Duran is the best assistant a director can have and it is very comforting to be able to count on someone like him in difficult times. Benefactors, you too are part of these achievements and it is thanks to you that we can do the work and share the unconditional love that Father Wasson left. I confess that it is thanks to all of you that I have become a good director and that for next year the new goals of NPH Nicaragua will help us to spread the philosophy of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos to other children in need. God bless, Marlon Velazquez National Director, NPH Nicaragua
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At our home on the island, Casa Santiago, the NPH school continues to be the center with best performance at municipal levels. The students have participated in mathematics and Spanish, obtaining first, second, and third places. The same measures have given incentives to the pequeños, who stood out in different sports areas; there was a second place for the girls’ soccer team on the national level, and in athletics a first place in 400 and 800 meters on municipal level. In 2009 the team of Family Services in Nicaragua was consolidated. Themes and workshops have been developed to strengthen and improve the quality of the work of educators and year of service youths. There was exchange and strengthening of the work of the Family Service leaders through the Guatemala 2009 conference. A religious education program was formed to nurture, and teach, and activate the Christian faith of the teenagers and children of NPH Nicaragua through retreats, biblical courses, and workshops. There was catechism for the different sacraments, and 27 pequeños completed their Confirmation in 2009 The different houses of NPH Nicaragua have achieved production for own consumption including meat, eggs, fruits, and vegetables, and at Casa Asis the chicken coups were repaired to protect them in a better way. This year has been a year of visible progress on the construction of our new home in Jinotepe, Casa Padre Wasson. Thanks to generous donations during the NPH International Board Meeting in February 2009 and thanks to donors in Europe and the United States, we have received funding for almost nine more homes. NPH Nicaragua started “self-construction.” We are no longer contracting a construction company but do hire directly a contractor with his construction crew. We also buy all
construction materials ourselves. This and a new house design helped us reduce our costs significantly. One house in the new design is already finished and at the end of September a group of boys moved in. Four more houses were completed at the end of this year and in November construction of three additional ones where our girls will move in at the end of April 2010. Guenther Klatte, who was working on the construction since almost the beginning, left NPH Nicaragua after successfully building a decentralized wastewater treatment and water recycling system. Grey water, used in the showers and for washing clothes, is used again for flushing the toilet and irrigation. A small biogas plant allows us to cook with the natural gas produced in the black water plant. Another main construction project is the central kitchen and dining hall. The building will not only include a kitchen, but a small bakery, store rooms, the central laundry, and a small room that will be used as a dining room for small groups and for meetings and workshops. Thanks to incredible efforts of our offices in Germany, Holland, and Belgium, we began the construction in December. Our older youths at the property are building their own sports court (supported by the construction staff). The idea is to extend the sports court according to the number of children and when funds are available. Graduates - Primary School: 23 Secondary School: 17 University Students: 13 Vocational Workshops: 49 Year of Service: 21 External Scholarships: 42
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Guatemala Through a new scholarship program, external children will be integrated in our school system at Casa Santiago on Ometepe: 30 in primary and 30 in secondary. Our volunteer therapy professions will treat eight to ten severely handicapped children of the community of Moyogalpa. We have amplified our therapeutic team to provide physical therapy, occupational therapy, art therapy, as well as the care of a pediatric nurse. On Saturdays, in coordination with the Ministry of Education, a basic computer course will be offered. At Casa Asis on the mainland, children of the local community will benefit, as well. There is room for 40 children under six in kinder. These children will receive education, lunch, and medical services. In Rivas, the town closest to our administrative office, we will start a house for special attention, which gives us the opportunity to work with children and youths with different capacities. This group will receive medical attention, alimentation, therapy, and handicraft workshops. Currently, 26 children and youths are benefiting directly through the scholarship plan. For some this is a continuance from last year, and others have been integrated in the program recently. Among these are children who have been sent back to their families through the “Programa Amor” of the government office of the Ministry of Family. All of the children are being supported with an economic scholarship for their studies and there is follow-up with regard to their study centers and homes to verify if they are indeed taking advantage of the scholarship.
Within this program in 2009, three have graduated from secondary school and one from primary. There is contact as well with 29 youths that at one point in time benefited by the scholarship. We would like to offer training and workshops to the youths that are in the Hermanos Mayores program, and specifically the ones that receive scholarships, to prepare them for job interviews, help them with their resumes, and train them in the area of personal development. Currently, 13 hermanos mayores work for NPH Nicaragua. How true it is that faith can move mountains. Fr. Wasson once said, “Things are provided for us as we grow. And our home, like any family, is a living organization. And as soon as it stops growing, or stops living, it begins to die. Trust in God. He’s going to take care of us. So why not trust in Him?” We owe very special thanks to the efficient fundraising efforts of the NPH offices in Europe and Friends of the Orphans in the US and the generosity of so many faithful donors who truly believe in the mission of NPH. Through their generosity this year we have been able to move forward with many new and important projects, especially with the build-out in Casa Padre Wasson, Jinotepe. We are grateful to have been able to count on the continued support of American Nicaraguan Foundation throughout this year. We are also blessed by having a very dynamic national board, which does not doubt to take a step forward when needed. Special thanks to Bishop Hombach for taking the time to advise and guide us whenever we call on him. Our children not only receive food and security thanks to their Godparents but they also receive the love that they long for and that helps them through the rough times. Last but not least our children—we are happy to work with them and special thanks for keeping up with us.
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Please receive our warmest greetings from NPH Guatemala. We would like to thank you for the unconditional support that you have provided us in 2009. Obviously our situation was very difficult as a result of the current economic crisis. However, as a result of your help we were able to maintain our home as well as build new foundations for other projects that will help the future generations of our family. We know that we would never be able to help our children realize their dreams without the collaborations of many countries throughout North America and Europe. I would also like to thank our team of employees for all that they do, and for the love that they provide our children on a daily basis. It is your efforts that propel our children forward to a brighter future. We are currently planning many projects for the 2010 calendar year. I hope that we will enjoy great success in all of the visions and plans that we have to improve our efforts for the benefit of our family and especially for our pequeños who are the future of both our family and our country. You will be in our prayers and we ask God to bless all the work that you accomplish. Jan Leiritz National Director, NPH Guatemala
After spending most of the year under the guidance of Interim National Director Fernando Gres Lozano, NPH Guatemala has finally found our future National Director, Jan Leiritz. Jan, a German national, spent a year volunteering in NPH Guatemala’s maintenance department in 2003. After finishing his year of service, Jan was contracted by UKBS Germany to return to Guatemala and head our carpentry workshop until he was promoted to Director of the workshop programs in 2007. This year our number of workshops increased from four to five as we added a new Cosmetology workshop. In all, 28 students graduated from the workshop with an apprenticeship in Beauty Techniques. In January 2009 our home started a scholarship program in which we offered free schooling to children from the surrounding area. These children come from families with little economic resources, and would otherwise not be unable to attend school.
While studying at NPH Guatemala, each child receives the same hands-on attention, as well as interactive vocational training, that our internal students receive. Each external child is given the opportunity to eat both breakfast and lunch. A total of 70 external students finished the 2009 school year with us. Four of them received diplomas. We plan on increasing our number of external students by 30 in 2010. 2009 saw the creation of a new Psycho-pedagogical department here at NPH Guatemala. While all of the different facets of this new department (counseling, tutoring, special education, occupational therapy, art therapy, language therapy, family services and psychology) existed last year, this new system allows our therapists to pool their resources more effectively. The result is a multifaceted
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El Salvador experience in which the children have their problems met by 13 professionals working as one entity. 2009 saw the creation of a youth leadership group called Testigos Del Bien (Witnesses for the Good). Headed by two volunteers, the group currently consists of ten pequeño/as between the ages of 15 and 20. The Testigos have planned a number of events including the anniversary of Father Wasson’s death, Day of the Child and our 13th Anniversary Celebration. The Testigos have begun a bi-weekly project in which they bring children from the home into the surrounding area to perform community service. In 2009, thanks to the folks at BNP Paribas and their donation, our children were given another option through which to complete their vocational studies. We expanded our workshops by adding a Cosmetology program. This donation would have never been possible without the tireless efforts of all of our friends at NPFS France. Our workshops would not be the same if it weren’t for the commitment and dedication of Günther Thiermann. Günther first arrived at NPH Guatemala in 2007 and has returned three times since then. Günther spends his time here training our local staff in the bakery. His fundraising efforts in Germany have resulted in a new oven for our bakery. The David’s Family Foerderkreis are volunteers who work locally in Germany to raise funds for our home. In 2009 the David’s have been heavily involved with funding for our Montessori School. NPH Spain has provided the tuition for three of our youths studying in the university. On behalf of Moisés, who is in his third year of medical school; José, who is in his first year of Agronomy studies; and Carlos, who just completed his first year of Psychology, we would like to thank both Fundación Marfá and NPH Spain for providing these young men with the opportunity for a brighter future.
WereldOuders in the Netherlands has time and time again come through with much needed donations. We would like to thank Beate Russell-Sass & Friends, Novisource, Mw. Baars, and Stichting Huibert van Saane. Next year we will expand our workshops to six. With the addition of our new Cooking Workshop (in consort with our existing Baking, Metal, Sewing, Beauty and Carpentry workshops) we will be more fit to accommodate Graduates - Montessori Kinder: 6 the 300 hundred children Primary School: 26 – 200 internal and 100 Secondary School: 10 external - who will High School: 7 receive vocational Vocational Workshops: 147 training during the 2010 Year of Service: 24 school year. As always External Scholarships: 42 our workshops will be run by INTECAP (Instituto Técnico de Capacitación y Productividad), Guatemala’s local technical institute. Also in 2010 We plan to continue our newfound relationships with both Texas A&M University – who will fund a new Joven Jardinero (Young Gardener) program in which 120 children of all ages to help cultivate the vegetables on our farm – and WalMart, who have made substantial donations toward our new pigpen, as well as planted thousands of new trees throughout our compound. Chicas Poderosas, will begin meeting in January, lead by volunteer Sharon Holdvogt, and will focus on empowering our pequeñas while paying special attention to the problems that young women encounter.
This past year was full of challenges, including the worldwide economic situation and a surprise illness in one of our boys. We are always thinking of the children and also our employees who are important pieces in our daily life here at NPH. We are currently doing our utmost so that we keep up with our quality of services. Following the lead of the sewing workshop, the other workshops began. It was very exciting to see the progress that our youths are making in every workshop; we are so proud of them. Last July the first exposition was planned and everybody at the house could see first hand all the work and effort. They are so eager to learn, and we are sure that your and our efforts to give them the best things to succeed in life are not wasted. This year our house celebrated its tenth anniversary. Ten years ago, we were anxiously awaiting our first children and ready to embrace all the challenges and surprises that would come. It is incredible that we have had so many children who have made the past ten years full of joy, love, tears, good times and bad times. All of this could not be possible without God’s help. Manuel, a 16-year old boy, so loved by all of us, used to be happy, dedicated and full of joy. He was a boy who was always ready to help, but since May his life and ours changed due to his unexpected illness. It began as a high fever that later developed into a systemic infection. It has been a long journey, and he is still fighting for his life and we have to try to give him the best care he so much deserves. Thanks to our sponsors we have been able to cover part of his medical expenses, but the total cost for his medical care is beyond our means. We ask you to keep him in your prayers and continue supporting us in this difficult time. In the coming year we will continue to strengthen the programs and projects that teach our children to be honest, good, independent and responsible leaders and people in society. We hope that in this new year, the spirit of our beloved Father Wasson continues to guide us as he did when he was with us. I want to personally thank all of you who have made a difference in our family: godparents, sponsors, fundraising offices, teachers, caregivers, year of service youths and staff members who have worked every day for our children. It is a pleasure to have all of you as part of our family. I also want to thank you for your help, support and commitment to our children and our homes. Without your help, our children’s dreams would not come true. God bless you! Olegario Campos National Director, NPH El Salvador
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Our main purpose is to prepare our children with all the tools that they need for success in their future. We offered advanced programs in our computer class such as Microsoft Office, Open Office, Internet, Time Life programs, and Encarta, which are a great help for everybody because computers are an important tool everywhere. The reading club expanded to include more members thanks to the cooperation of our special sponsor, Mrs. Taylor, who has donated over 700 books during the last two years to our school library. Our school began a new program called ABC Project, which was created for children with learning disabilities. The children who attend this program learn basic skills for their daily lives such as visual signs, house chores, basic conversations, daily activities and situations. For the next year we hope to develop more abilities and aptitudes in our children who attend this program. For example, we will teach handicrafts and baking in our workshop once a week in order to provide them with as many opportunities that they can use as jobs in their future. Finally in 2009, we were able to open our remaining workshops. This gives them the opportunity to learn a useful life skill and find an interest early in their education. We have two leadership programs called Grupo de Lideres (leaders´group) and Grupo de Apoyo Universitario (university support group) in which the participants work hand in hand with the house directors regarding development and realization of activities in the house and also with responsibilities in and out of the house. We are preparing them to be NPH’s future leaders.
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Next year, 13 new youths will begin their university studies, in addition to the 23 university students that we currently have. An example of some of the careers are: languages, accounting, architecture, international marketing, psychology and engineering. With the help of some of our boys in their year of service, our employees and the national government’s support, we cultivated around 20 hectares of seed corn which are going to cover our needs for a year. We will have a rice production for three months which will be a huge benefit. We are starting the production of loroco (a vegetable with a flower appearance that is used in rice, soup and also with cheese) and maracuya (passion fruit, used as a juice) that will also be a huge help for our food needs at the house. In 2009 we tried to form a strong relationship between our children and people from our community. We had a soccer team playing in a tournament with young boys from the community and they were nominated as the best team with excellent discipline. We also got the opportunity to share with grandparents from a hospice their life experience, their time and activities which made our children more aware of the importance of practicing charity as our beloved Father Wasson always wanted. As our family in El Salvador continues to grow, we need to expand our dining hall and build new dormitories. These new dorms will be similar to the same style as the current dormitories. We would also like to increase our production of vegetables and fruits.
We open our clinic doors three times a week for the people in the community to have access to healthcare and also for any emergencies that might arise. Our physician attended to 500 people during 2009. On behalf of our 465 children, our staff and everybody at NPH El Salvador we want to thank you for your incredible support, commitment and efforts to allow our children to have all the best care possible. We would like to thank all the fundraising offices for their hard work and dedication, because without them this worldwide economic situation could have been harder for us. The local government supported us this past year by providing the agricultural program which enabled us to produce seed corn for one year. They are also helping us to start vegetable gardens with our goal of being more self-sufficient. Manuel, one of our boys, needs special care 24 hours a day to ensure his extreme healthcare needs are being met. Manuel is fighting for his life, and we are not sure how long he is going to need specialized medical care. We want to thank you for all your prayers in this difficult time, and also to WereldOuders Netherlands, UKBS Austria and UKBS Germany who have been able to cover a large part of his medical expenses.
The worldwide economic situation affected all of us in so many ways. It forced us to find ways to do more with less and required us to come together and join our ideas and to review and revise some of our plans. And while some costs are unavoidable, such as food and fuel, we will all be learning and teaching a lesson in trade-off and sacrifice. We had to change our daily diet, without forgetting the basic nutrition needs of our children but also buying the best with the budget that we had. We also had to reorganize our trips in order to save in our fuel costs. But we are sure and confident that with God’s help, and the help of our extended family of sponsors, benefactors and friends, we will be able to continue giving our children the best and most needed things.
Graduates - Kindergarten: 19 Secondary School: 27 High School: 37 Workshops: 19 University Students: 23 Year of Service: 55
We also want to thank our sponsors and Godparents who are an important part in our children’s lives. Because of you, our children are allowed to dream and know that those dreams are going to become a reality.
During 2009 two of our young adults decided to leave and start their own life but in their hearts they didn’t want to leave NPH. They were offered a job taking care of their little brothers and sisters and they decided to stay at the home as caregivers.
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Another year has come and gone and our NPH Dominican family continues to expand. As our children grow, it is amazing to witness the changes that have occurred in their lives, whether it means a child taking a few extra steps that were not possible before, saying new words, or having a feeling of finally being in a loving home. These accomplishments would not have been possible without the efforts, hard work, and dedication of the children and NPH staff.
It has been a good year even though the world economic situation presented us with challenges. We have managed to keep within our budget and to keep accepting children who can benefit from our help. When people come to visit our home, they are amazed. It is obvious that the children are happy and content here. We realize the blessing that our work has really done, understanding the hardships that these children could be facing if they were not at NPH. To be able to offer our children a loving and secure home is a great feeling that is shared by all of our staff. Our children continue to depend on us and we will continue to look out for them. We will continue to offer what we can in the best way possible. Obviously, we cannot see the future but we must continue to guide our children and young adults towards reaching their dreams made up of hope and guided by their own abilities and talents. Each day we will see a little more of that dream come true. Let’s keep the faith; the children are counting on us. On behalf of the children, staff and volunteers, we are very thankful for your continued support and generosity. Kieran Rigney National Director, NPH Dominican Republic
Casa Santa Ana is proud to have its first year of service youth. Eighteen-year-old Jose has been working in maintenance, doing carpentry work and helping around the home. After he completes his year of service, Jose hopes to study Information Technology. Many children come to our home without their birth certificates or any other legal documentation. In the Dominican Republic, not having a birth certificate is like
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not having an identity or the opportunity to have legal rights as a citizen. This year the Social Work Department worked on getting birth certificates for 12 children; approximately 65 children still remain undocumented. In January, a team of Canadian volunteers organized by Nutri-Lawn “re-nourish” program spent a week constructing and irrigating the soccer field and installed dripped tape in the vegetable garden next to the kitchen.
The second school building was completed at the beginning of the year and the classrooms serve grades 4-8 as well as the library, music class, agriculture class and principal’s office. Construction on the volunteer house began in January 2009 and was completed in December. In the future, the second floor will be used as a guest house. Also in January, construction for St. Jerome Emiliani Chapel began and was completed in July. The inauguration was celebrated by all of the children, staff, volunteers and visitors, and the ceremony was officiated by the local bishop, Francisco Ozoria, and by Father Phil Cleary. The children have become more aware about agriculture and their environment due to the initiative of Spanish Agronomists Eduardo Briones and Pilar Fernandez. Along with their team of workers, they built a greenhouse of 500 square meters which has a drip-irrigation system with four rows of 3,000 units of cucumber and three rows of tomato. Some of the children have assumed new responsibilities and a sense of ownership brought on by their role of taking care of the fruit trees and their own furrows. The school has expanded and there are currently over 200 students attending NPH school, including 33 children from the community. This year the school introduced its first Special Education classroom in which a volunteer teaches 20 special needs children who receive individual attention.
Graduates - Kindergarten: 16 Primary School: 113 Secondary School: 17 High School: 1 Youth Leadership Group: 11
In October, the home was proud to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis as well as the dedication of Polly’s Park. The children now have a peaceful space where they can play, gather and enjoy nature. The park is dedicated to Polly Krafft who, along with her husband Frank Krafft and their children, have dedicated many years of hard work and generosity to the NPH family.
For the first time, the education department will offer the first national high school entrance exam in June 2010 for the 12 children currently in eighth grade. Twenty-two children will then be enrolled in a school system outside of NPH. Some of the construction projects that are planned for 2010 include a home for special needs children, completing the second floor of the school and the second floor of the volunteer house which will serve as the visitors’ house. Most of the communities that surround Casa Santa Ana are bateys, or former sugar cane cutter communities, which unfortunately are characterized by poor living conditions such as lack of running water and electricity, high unemployment rate and difficult access to medical services, among other disadvantages. This year the outreach program built seven latrines in Batey Olivares with funds from our Canadian friends who have been coming to our home for the past four years. They also constructed a small school in the neighboring community of Batey Nuevo. Classes include instruction on reading, writing and math. Currently, there are 11 adults taking classes three days a week. The building also houses a small pharmacy with the basic first aid medications available for anyone in the community to purchase at a low cost. All of this work would not have been possible without the generous contribution from Elmira Lutheran Church in Canada and the hard work of our Canadian friends. Thanks to the generous donations from Andrea Bocelli and Veronica Vertle, Banco Progreso, Ferretería San Ramon, Friends of the Orphans NW – St. Charles Borremeo, Jorge Mendez, Ocean Rock, Pollo Cibao, and Ruddy and Georgina Dumenigo Family and Friends, the home was able to provide each child with the adequate number of school supplies and notebooks. The Boston Red Sox, Major League Baseball Dominican Development Alliance and USAID, funded a reading
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and writing initiative. The school library was made possible by donations from Adriana Garcia, Association Nos Petits Frères et Soeurs including Pascale Maret, Canadian Workgroups, Colegio St. Michaels, International Women’s Club, Ken Nigro and NPH Spain – InterLibros Barcelona. Thanks to Bild Hilft and Yvan de la Croix, we constructed our second school building including the fencing. Thanks to Beth Mierzwa, the Boston Dental Team, the Chicago Dental Team, Dr. Hani Farr, Friends of the Orphans MW – Dominick Dubravec, Heidi Baumgartner, International College of Dentists European Section, OKW - Belgium, Seemann Software Dental Company, Swiss Student Fund for Children Empowerment and Universidad Central del Este, the dental clinic has been modernized and properly equipped. The clinic is thankful to Dr. Chris Hafner-Eaton, Dr. Don Neal, Medsorb Dominicana S.A. and Laboratorios Sured. Thanks to the joint efforts and teamwork between Feed the Children, Pan American Development Foundation and Charlie Villanueva, the home received 1,560 pairs of Crocs. Electricity is donated on monthly basis by Compañía de Electricidad de San Pedro de Macoris and they also provided trees for Polly’s Park. The park has concrete park
tables and benches thanks to the donation from Mrs. Antoinette M. Brocker Bouque. The home was able to build a greenhouse and teach agriculture classes thanks to Agronomists Eduardo Briones and Pilar Fernandez, Asociacion ITER, Balear Government (Spain), the municipality of Xábia (Spain) and the German law firm, Clifford Chance. The home is grateful for seed donations from Rotary Club Santo Domingo Mirador and to Gilberto Pagan for his donation of a Senepol Bull. Thanks to the generosity of Lindos Sueños, a community outreach program of the Boston Red Sox, and Charlene Engelhard, improvements were made to the baseball field. Nutri–Lawn donated equipment and their time to build a soccer field and the goal posts were donated by Joe Nazimek from Chicago. Metaldom and Grupo Vicini, a donation of 13 tons of iron was donated for the construction of the volunteer house and chapel. CEMEX generously donated 100 bags of cement to the home and J&J Kids funded the construction of the volunteer house. Casa Santa Ana is able to control its food budget thanks to a monthly food donation from K&S and a trimestrial donation from Cesar Iglesias. Rotary Club Santo Domingo Mirador and Rotary Club in Switzerland partnered to donate a big yellow school bus to the home. A special thanks to Bernhard Ruethemann for bringing the Rotary Clubs together. Casa Santa Ana is grateful to St. Peters Church for the donation of a 40 KW generator and to Father Claudio Moser who handled all the paperwork to ensure the generator arrived to the home.
It is a pleasure to share with you the obstacles, challenges and accomplishments of 2009. It is also with great enthusiasm that I take this opportunity to thank all of our generous donors, most especially our Canadian friends from Friends of the Orphans and Dr. Maria Gehlen of Germany. Despite the world financial crisis, they have maintained and even strengthened their commitment to our children here in Peru, and thanks to them, we have made significant progress with the construction of our future permanent home, Ciudadela Santa Rosa de Lima. 2009 went by fast and was filled with exciting times and new experiences. We began in January with our Summer Enrichment Courses, which culminated in a group trip to the beach, and throughout the year have continued our constant effort to improve education and overall wellness for each one of our precious children. We welcomed two visits from NPH International Medical Services and made great steps towards continuing to refine our internal health system. We were also able to send our full-time nurse to participate in the Medical Workshop in Guatemala, and also sent a caregiver to a conference centered on improving care and leadership within the home. In addition, we had the privilege of celebrating the “coming of age” birthdays for eight of our young adults here in the home (the traditional age for these celebrations here in Peru is 15 years for females, and 18 for males). This was a very important event for our young adults and we were extremely honored to have Father Ron Hicks attend and provide a beautiful mass. Finally, we watched three more young children graduate from primary school, one from kindergarten, and most importantly, we ushered in a new era at NPH Peru, graduating our first three students from high school. This is very special for us as they will be our first pequeños to enter their service year! I can tell you based on my experience during my own year of service that they will be providing invaluable support for us in our home while also learning a great deal and serving as an example to our children. Thank you as always. We look forward to a 2010 equally filled with the joys and challenges that constitute the daily life and fabric of our family here. Alfredo Hernandez National Director, NPH Peru
Our beautiful St. Jerome Emiliani Chapel was made possible by the generous contributions from Association Nos Petits Frères et Soeurs – France, Compañía Electricidad San Pedro de Macorís – CESPM, Decoraciones Metálicas S.A., Fondazione Francesca Rava – NPH Italy, Friends of the Orphans – Midwest, Grupo Vicini, Holy Ghost Parish – Woodale, Illinois, Kongregation der Franziskanerinnen von Siessen e.V. - Bad Saulgau, Germany, Neydi Pons de Serravalle, St. John the Evangelist – Indiana, USA, Unsere Kleinen Brueder Und Schwestern E.V., and Xaver Kibele - Kisslegg, Germany and the team of dedicated volunteers from Thiel Cabinetry and members of St. John the Evangelist Parish, Indiana. In Memoria. This year for the first time we experienced the unfortunate passing of two of our children. Magalis, a 10-year-old girl and Lisbeth 7-years old. We pray for their eternal rest 28 NPH Dominican Republic 2009
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The past year we have grown from 43 to 70 children and it has been a powerful thing to watch our oldest children mature and take an increasingly active role in welcoming the new members of our family. This year marked the incarnation of our leadership group, Jovenes del Bien Para Un Futuro Mejor (Positive Youth for a Better Future), and they truly have made a great impact here in the home. These 20 young adults, ages 14 to 18, have grown tremendously both as a group and as individuals. Accomplishments include: planning a variety of special events in the home, creating a mentoring program, assisting with the adjustment and adaptation of our newer pequeños, serving as a liaison between our children and caregivers and helping to improve communication and services for our children. In December, three of these young leaders became the first ever graduating class of NPH Peru. Ahias, Rufino and Walter, all real leaders within the home, have now taken their first steps towards their year of service and then to university. As our children grow, so does our home. We currently live in a rented property which is not viable to support our future plans. For this reason we have been building throughout the year in our new property in San Vicente de Cañete, which is located roughly 45 minutes from Lunahuaná. Here we own a beautiful property of 15 acres and once the first four houses are built we will move our family. Our goal is to relocate to our permanent home by the end of 2010 and we are then looking forward to watching our master plan expand step by step into what will eventually be an all-purpose compound fit to accommodate 300 children. Our family grows not just with regard to children, but also with new volunteers. This year we welcomed several international volunteers that have been a great support to our home. Noelia Jimenez Perez, an occupational therapist from Spain, has come and initiated an exciting new early stimulation and therapy program for our youngest children, in addition to providing trainings and advice to our caregivers in the babies’ home.
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Simone Rindlisbacher from Switzerland is providing support in the office with our Sponsorship Department and Volunteer Coordination, and is also giving academic support and love to our children at the home. On March 13, 2009 we welcomed the first of three groups of hardworking and selfless volunteers from Friends of the Orphans Canada. This group of 20, led by Bill and Ton Van Haeran, had the honor of pouring the first concrete for the foundation of our new home. They also began creating the physical structures that will support our home for years to come. Bill and the crew camped at the site all week and their enthusiasm was contagious. The second group, comprised of 16 women and two men, was led by Jackie Zister and stayed for ten days. The third group was led by Charlie Kuiken and Jeff Van Haeren and was comprised of 13 men and women who proved to be not only hard workers, but experienced and able futbolers (soccer players). They stayed at the construction site for a little over a week and with the help of roughly 20 of our oldest pequeños they were able to finish the foundation for the second house on our property. In addition, each group brought with them bags of sports equipment, clothes, shoes, movies and books. In addition, we send a special thank you to Dr. Maria Gehlen of Germany, whose overwhelming generosity accounted for a great deal of our start-up costs for a current construction project. We are so very blessed to have her friendship! As we all know the world economic crisis has hit hard in every sector of the world, and we at NPH Peru have not been immune to its effects. However, thanks to the continued generosity of our friends throughout the world, most especially in Canada, we have persevered and continued to move forward. In addition, we have begun to strengthen our in-country fundraising efforts to make certain that we are matching the impressive efforts made worldwide right here with our team in Peru.
As we look back over the past year, with all its challenges and joys, we are, as always, extremely grateful for the love and support of our international family. Thank you for giving us the ability to offer a safe and loving home to so many children. Throughout the year, we have been reminded daily of the current financial crisis. Most likely many of you have experienced the effects of the crisis in your own lives at different levels. No matter how difficult these times can be, we have found once again that a crisis is also an opportunity to change, adapt, learn and grow. In Bolivia the economic crisis was felt with mild increases in consumer goods, food prices, construction materials, cooking fuels and gasoline shortages. These factors gave us the opportunity to continue our goal of becoming more selfsufficient in our home. This year we started agricultural projects to grow a percentage of our own food as well as to produce our own eggs and milk. We are still learning but are optimistic that in the future we will be able to provide for more and more of our own needs. Our school year ended on a very positive note in November, when 12 of our students finished in the top one or two positions in their classes. Our childcare staff along with the staff at the local school worked tirelessly all year to help the children understand how important education is for their future.
Thanks to many generous supporters, we began building two additional homes this year. This will allow us to welcome 30 new brothers and sisters in the coming year. Our current houses are at capacity, and it is the desperate situation of so many Bolivian families that motivates us to keep growing so that we can reach more and more children in need. During the next few years, we hope to continue building more homes as well as our clinic and administrative offices. Our sincere gratitude to our devoted supporters; with your help, we are able to provide a loving, secure and safe home for our 69 little brothers and sisters. In the words of one of our older girls, “NPH gave me a new family, you saved my life.” This is what you are making possible. In the coming year we will continue to grow and learn as a family, welcoming more children and always striving to continue the work our beloved Father Wasson began over 55 years ago. Thank you all for your dedication, support, love and prayers for the children of NPH Bolivia. God bless you and your loved ones. Kara King Interim National Director, NPH Bolivia
Over a year after moving to the new home for NPH Bolivia, Casa Padre Wasson, construction works initiated again. In June 2009 we started building two new houses, a boy´s house and a girl´s house, a laundry room for our industrial washing machine and dryer and a small warehouse for all our construction material. We want to give a special thanks to the excellent team in WereldOuders, Netherlands for coordinating the work with the Eureko Achmea Fundation. Without their support, we could not continue the construction of two children’s houses. A special recognition goes to our friend Marco Ganzevles, who took the time to visit us and plays a leading role to keep high spirits within the home to continue supporting the children. Our friends at UKBS Germany also helped with a considerable contribution to cover the always rising cost of construction.
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We are aiming to build the administration building next, which will have a multipurpose use and also serve as the clinic. We still need funding for this project. Early in the year, we received funding for a much-needed industrial washing machine from Friends, US and NPH Switzerland funded a tractor, which is being used to cut the grass around the homes to help us in the prevention of dengue fever. Our service group Mi Voz, Se Escucha (My voice is heard) has remained active in this past year with a change in leadership and many trips to nearby communities such as sharing piñatas last Christmas and other afternoons of games and activities. We continue to work hard to develop our future leaders and this group continues to be a good example of Father Wasson’s vision that his children grow up to care for their younger brothers and sisters. During the winter vacations, we organized a bible camp for three separate groups formed by the three distinct age groups of children. All of our sessions were held at a beautiful piece of property that belongs to our parish which was lent to us. The camps were an important way to keep our children’s minds active during vacation and also provided opportunities to leave the home and explore.
We have accepted nine new children into our home in 2009 bringing our total to 69. When we are completed with the construction of the two homes we will be ready to accept new children in our family. We are already interviewing future caregivers that will be able to start working as soon as we start receiving new children. This will require a few more projects to be created to get funding for new needs that will come up. Once we add to our family, we will have a need for a new mini bus. We continue to seek funding for the conversion of a pantry into a cold storage room. Currently, we are operating with two regular-sized refrigerators and a large freezer, but these are inadequate and leave most of our vegetables and fruits in room temperature shelves. As a new item for the home, in 2010 we want to jump start our agriculture by growing our own vegetables and fruits on our land. The more we grow as a family, the bigger the need to be selfsufficient. This also benefits us in the education area as our children will have a useful new skill to learn. Our plan includes assigning Erick Rodrigo to give his year of service in the area, accompanied and guided by one of our staff members.
Father William Wasson’s purpose was not only to save the lives of children but to develop them into productive citizens and good Christians, which he defined as people who care for each other and contribute to the well-being of others. The practical values he preached and practiced balanced unconditional love with work, responsibility, and sharing. The children would feel safe and protected, but they had to take part in the work of cleaning, food preparation, and caring for each other. As long as they worked at their studies, they would be supported in their schooling. Dr. Michael Maccoby
One of our proudest days in 2009 was when we celebrated our 4th anniversary in April. We first held a prayer service with just our NPH family in our dining room and invited friends from the neighboring communities to share in a party with sports tournaments, dancing and cake.
We have our first youth, Wilma, in her year of service. She is finishing up her secondary school requirements in an accelerated online high school program as she serves a caregiver to our youngest children in Casa San Jorge, where they are very happy with her work. Semillitas (Little Seeds) children’s club, just celebrated its 1st year running. Boys and girls 8 to 11 years are invited to join Semillitas because of their positive attitude, or children who need help and support in improving their behavior. They are taught basic values mentioned in the Bible or Father Wasson’s books through talks and discussions or activities such as arts and crafts. We are excited to see this group grow and develop in the coming years, providing important leadership training to even our youngest brothers and sisters. When the children are old enough, they will leave Semillitas to enter our Youth Service Group, Mi Voz Se Escucha. 32 NPH Bolivia 2009
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This document was designed and produced by NPH International Communications. NPHI thanks the numerous National Directors, department directors and Home Correspondents for their valuable contributions to this production. Photo Credits: Front and inside cover: Benjamin Katz/NPH Honduras; Inside cover: Wynn Walent/NPH Peru, Monica Gery/NPHI, Alice Smeets/Belgium, Daniela Greilich/NPH Mexico, Megan Palacios/NPH Dominican Republic, Erick Boudreaux/NPH Guatemala; Page 1: Benjamin Katz/NPH Honduras, Daniela Greilich/NPH Mexico, Page 2: Alice Smeets/Belgium, Monica Gery/NPHI, Benjamin Katz/NPH Honduras, Marta Vallespin/NPH Bolivia, Daniela Greilich/NPH Mexico, Megan Palacios/NPH Dominican Republic; Page 3: Megan Palacios/NPH Dominican Republic, Benjamin Katz/NPH Honduras, Monica Gery/NPHI, Moniek Werkhoven/NPH Nicaragua; Page 4: Benjamin Katz/NPH Honduras; Page 5: Benjamin Katz/NPH Honduras, Daniela Greilich/NPH Mexico; Page 6: Monica Gery/NPHI; Page 7&8: Daniela Greilich/NPH Mexico; Page 9: Benjamin Katz/NPH Honduras, Teri Lyshorn/NPH Honduras; Page 10-12: Benjamin Katz/NPH Honduras; Page 13: Alice Smeets; Page 14: Erin Kloos/NPFS Haiti, Alice Smeets/Belgium, Daniela Greilich/NPH Mexico; Page 15: Andre Lucrat/NPH Italy, Monica Gery/NPHI, Alice Smeets/Belgium; Page 16: Joseph Ferdinand/NPFS Haiti; Page 17: Alice Smeets/Belgium; Page 18&19: Moniek Werkhoven/NPH Nicaragua, Benjamin Katz/NPH Honduras; Page 20: Benjamin Katz/NPH Honduras; Page 21&22: Erick Boudreaux and Carrie Daut/NPH Guatemala; Page 23-25: Wendy Ramirez/NPH El Salvador; Page 26-28: Megan Palacios/NPH Dominican Republic; Page 29&30: Wynn Walent/NPH Peru, Monica Gery/NPHI; Page 31&32: Marta Vallespin/NPH Bolivia, Monica Gery/NPHI. Copy: Daniela Greilich/NPH Mexico; Benjamin Katz/NPH Honduras; Erin Kloos/NPFS Haiti; Moniek Werkhoven/NPH Nicaragua; Wendy Ramirez/NPH El Salvador; Erick Boudreaux/NPH Guatemala; Megan Palacios/NPH Dominican Republic; Wynn Walent/NPH Peru, Marta Vallespin/NPH Bolivia.