Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos™ International Annual Report 2011
Nuestros PequeĂąos Hermanosâ„˘ International (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. Since 1954, more than 17,000 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.
2011 Global Highlights Children living in our homes cared for on a daily basis
Children and adults who received humanitarian aid (medical, education and emergency relief)*
Children living with HIV that receive antiretrovirals
Children living with family who receive academic scholarships
NPH high school graduates
NPH youths that passed vocational certification
Local job creation and contract work 2,300 NPH staff and youths that received 1,200 childcare and leadership training
Children from low-income households that attend NPH schools
NPH university graduates
NPH child surgeries 56
Family-style childrenâ€™s homes built in Haiti, 16 Nicaragua, Peru and Bolivia Honduras Holy Family Surgery Center surgeries 207 NPH youths who completed their year of service 197
*Includes continued Haiti earthquake relief response and cholera response of NPH and NPH Haiti affiliate, St. Luke Foundation programs.
Mexico / Opened: 1954 Children living in home: 756, Total child population: 785
New intake program with Ciudad Juarez. Goal 100 children. Largest university group in history of NPH Mexico 105 students, university graduates 10. External students attending NPH Mexico schools, 266. Guatemala / Opened: 1996 Children living in home: 346, Total child population: 560
Construction of the Montessori school was completed and first solar panels installed. 187 external students enrolled in onsite school. Farm increased pig, fish, goat and cow population.Vocational school received national certification approval in all six workshops. El Salvador / Opened: 1999 Children living in home: 353
Started first outreach group program, focusing on living life in faith. Music and dance troupe travel to the US to help fundraise for all the homes. The home has 28 university students. Honduras / Opened: 1986 Children living in home: 454, Total child population: 558
Two pequeĂąas are participating the International Leadership Institute Program in the US. Four university students graduated. New bakery, cheese making facility and greenhouse. Nicaragua / Opened: 1994 Children living in home: 261, Total child population: 331
Construction of primary school, clinic, visitor house, and National Director house. Outreach program for 20 street kids in Managua. A priest from Spain arrived to be the chaplain for the next few years.
NPH International Family Services Program International Leadership Institute Pilot Program was initiated with five youths studying English and leadership courses in the US. Crisis and Prevention Intervention Training certified 17 NPH instructors. Initiation and development of Excellence in Education program. NPH International Medical Services Program Vaccine catch-up campaign implemented in all nine homes. Aid for Aids support of second and third line antiretrovirals for HIV+ children. Complicated surgeries performed internationally.
Haiti / Opened: 1987 Children living in home: 843, Total child population: 1,893
Over 100 new children arrived at St. Helene and Fr. Wasson Angels of Light (FWAL) homes. Educational programs include the new campus of FWAL Primary School and a Professional School. Construction of six houses for high school and university students. Cholera patients treated 20,000. Expanded medical programs of maternity, neonatology and additional hospitals of St. Luke and St. Mary. Dominican Republic / Opened: 2003 Children living in home: 215, Total child population: 267
Completed construction of a residential visitor’s house, baby park and second floor on volunteer house. Fifty external students from the community attend kindergarten through secondary school. New programs of speech therapy, empowerment groups, sign language and pottery.
Peru / Opened: 2004 Children living in home: 101
In October the children and staff moved to their new home in Cañete. The first two youths are enrolled in university. Family grew by 20 new children including triplets. Bolivia / Opened: 2005 Children living in home: 102
Completed construction of National Director’s house and started construction of the babies house. The home now has two university students. Child population grew from 86 to 102 children.
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Dear Friends, In Mexico, the days before Christmas are filled with traditions, like the Posadas which recall Joseph and Mary’s search for an inn, and Pastorelas, a type of morality play. One Pastorela, written, directed and acted by a group of our fourth graders at the orphanage contained an interesting dialogue... The scene opened at the inn, with Joseph and Mary asking for a room with a view of the Bethlehem skyline, to which the innkeeper replied, “Can’t you see the ‘NO VACANCY’ sign?” St. Joseph responded, “Yes, but can’t you see that my wife is very pregnant and expecting a baby at any minute?” “Well that’s not my fault,” whined the indignant innkeeper. To which a frustrated St. Joseph replied, “Well it’s not mine either!” From the mouths of babes comes a new twist on the doctrine of the virginal birth. Seriously, though, that line is a fitting commentary on the plight of our children in general. It’s not their fault that they were orphaned or
abandoned. It’s not their fault that they were abused, tortured, thrown out onto the streets or even sold into slavery. But by the grace of God, they made their way to our doorstep, where we hope they have found both a family and home. Like most every family in the world today, ours has been hit by these economic times. Our National Directors, the true heroes of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, have struggled to continue to provide the best care possible to their children with less resources. But, as the proverb goes… “This too shall pass.” With faith in God (whose children they ultimately are and who will always see to their well-being) and in so many good friends – Godparents, donors, volunteers and different office staffs – we will carry on, loving and caring for each and every pequeño as our very own. Thank you for being a part of this extraordinary family. Please pray for us, as the children and I pray daily for all of you. God’s blessings on you and yours. Father Phil Cleary President, NPH International
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Continuing our Vision for the Future
More Children to Care For When Father Wasson said “We must grow or we will die,” he wasn’t thinking about increased budgets or new construction. The growth he spoke of was bringing more children under our care in the NPH Family. In 2011 we resolved to continue his example, beginning a program to bring 100 new children from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico into our NPH Family. And we continued our earthquake-response projects in Haiti, not only by bringing children who were truly abandoned into our home, but also strengthening and expanding our programs of caring for children in their own communities and their own homes. These are all children whose very survival may depend upon our presence in their lives. Expansion into new countries is limited by our financial and human resources, both areas we are aggressively addressing in 2012. With a pilot program already begun in New Zealand, we expect to initiate aggressive fundraising there and in Australia. We are actively researching and looking for other donor countries in Europe and the Far East to begin new fundraising efforts beyond our traditional core.
It is becoming more normal for us to revise our programs to conform with the latest government concepts of care for abandoned children. In such areas as Guatemala and Nicaragua, where the concept of institutional care is increasingly seen as inappropriate, we continue to evolve toward a boarding school concept while continuing to provide the same care and upbringing brought to NPH by Fr. Wasson 58 years ago. Other countries are also discussing such changes in thinking and are likely to lead to a need for similar arrangements in 2012. Excellence in Care Our first goal has been to save the children who would not survive without our care. We are successfully doing that, but we are also committed to bringing those children along to their highest potential, which is the goal of our Excellence Programs. This is a grouping of programs whose entire focus in 2012 is on improving the care of our children to the point of proclaiming that we are doing all we can with excellence. We have a robust leadership program for promising young pequeño leaders living in our homes, as well as programs to select and train outstanding individuals as leaders for present and new positions during the year.
2011 Child Population*: 5,500 Children Living in Our Homes 3,431 331
101 Peru 102 Bolivia
*Average child population includes children living in our homes and external students. ** An additional 1,762 children were served for 6 months, January-June 2011.
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In Honduras and Mexico we are seeking funding for new programs in education to enable our students to achieve high results in their university studies. In Haiti our education system has expanded after the earthquake of 2010 from make-shift outdoor schools to primary and secondary and technical school campuses. As with all of our excellence programs, our ability to succeed in our education goals is highly dependent upon our ability to expand our fundraising income. Engagement with our Communities As the number of children increased in our homes, so did our commercial involvement in the community. Along with this growth came our cultural and charitable engagement as well, solidifying our position as responsible members of the community. This ranged from providing a meal to undernourished children at a soup kitchen in Honduras to caring for child â€œstreet workersâ€? from Managua, Nicaragua. Nowhere has this been more important for the health of our communities than in Honduras and Haiti, where our medical and educational programs are examples of NPH bringing the best we have to offer where it is needed the most. The Holy Family Surgery Center is providing medical services never before available to our surrounding rural community. In Haiti, our Sr. Philomena cholera hospital is now addressing other forms of contagion, such as tuberculosis. With increasing reliance of the communities on these programs, in addition to serving the children of NPH, we need new sources of financing. We feel that these medical and educational programs that have been opened to the communities by NPH must continue, because they have become an integral part of the communities where we
live. The funding levels required are significant, but our commitment is to fund and continue all of our community programs. In Haiti those needs are extreme, and we are one of the few organizations willing and continuing to address the needs of the community at large, in part because there is no-one else. Fundraising Challenges in 2012 2012 and 2013 will be challenging years due to declining contributions that typically accompany contracting economies, reflecting new governmental focus on austerity and political uncertainties. In 2012 we will be focusing on ways to most efficiently use our resources, along with increasing our development of local fundraising in our homes. Adding to these efforts, we hope our new-country fundraising initiatives will not only overcome weakness related to the economic environment, but will also allow us to move forward with our excellence and community programs without relying on our decreasing homes reserves.
Miguel Venegas Executive Director, NPH International
Sources of Funds 2011 $
Expenses Grand Total 2011
25,458,285 17% Friends USA
1% Friends Canada
20% Local income
General & Admin
60% OLBS Europe
House Services includes: maintenance, transportation, housing, public assistance, farm and livestock, services and utilities. NPHI 2011 Annual Report 3
Family Services The Family Service Team covers a wide area and works with hundreds of staff, volunteers and children at the NPH homes. The FS staff’s mission is that all homes keep alive Fr. Wasson’s philosophy of an extended family based on Christian principles including a non-violent and safe, threat-free home environment that honors and fosters the children’s dignity as the highest principle. In cooperation with the National Directors, we review local programs, support and train local staff and volunteers to ensure standards of excellence in childcare with the goal to assist the children in developing their full potential. We are pleased to report two additions to our team in 2011. Kara King joined NPH in January of 2011 as the Program Coordinator for the pilot NPH International Leadership Institute. Kara, in cooperation with Donna Egge, designed the program, scouted out schools, found host families for the participants and got the program off the ground. Glenn Jones, who has a Master’s degree in International Education and worked in the US, Central America and Africa, joined the Family Service Team in October. Glenn will work with all the NPH schools to help our school staff to achieve excellence in education. Accomplishments this year have been: Biannual training for the National Directors with the Family Service Team and volunteer leadership expert. On-going local training with all childcare staff, professional staff and year of service youth, through local Family Service associate or directly provided by NPHI Family Service staff. Monitoring, mentoring, and training for all local NPH leadership programs. Each home received at least two on-site visits from a International Family Service Team member. Each visit monitors the home through the Family Service Review Sheet, and it is discussed with the International Family Service Team and National Director. All homes received a FS training binder of materials and resources including a toolkit to carry on the mission and vision of Fr. Wasson. International Leadership Institute Pilot Program began in Seattle, Washington with five pequeños/as. The FS Team supported the NPH homes of Bolivia, Nicaragua and Guatemala with recruiting key personnel.
Monitoring that all homes carry out abuse prevention programs using a variety of materials including child welfare and a “Sexual Abuse Accusation Follow-up Policy” which is part of the NPH International Policy Manual. We certified 17 NPH staff to be trainers in Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI). CPI is a proven program to create non-violent environments through appropriate behavior and non-violent intervention. The participants learned specific techniques in how to prevent the escalation of violent behavior and were trained in teaching methods so that they could become multipliers of the training in their respective homes. By the end of February 2012, most homes should have gone through the first cycle of trainings. For the last three years, the FS Team has worked with all homes to develop leadership programs. In January 2011, we held the second “Pastores del Paz y Bien” international leadership workshop with 44 participants from seven NPH homes. We consider this workshop very successful based on the positive feedback we received not only from the participants but also from the National Directors. A direct consequence of the various leadership programs is the development of the International Leadership Institute Program.
Our focus for 2012 is leadership development, abuse prevention, non-violent and threat free environments through CPI training, as well as spiritual formation. Other areas are addressed according to local needs and requests. A special thank you to all those who have supported our work with donations, prayers and cooperation. An extra thank you to our FS International team for all the hard and wonderful work they do. Last but not least, a big thank you to the NPH children and youth because they challenge us, making what we do all worthwhile.
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Reinhart Koehler Director of NPHI Family Services
Medical Services Well child visits: 2,423 Special needs children: 181 Surgeries: 62 Children with chronic conditions: 617 Children with HIV: 72 Therapies: 3,435 Dental: 5,730 Children in red zone: 4 Treatment abroad: 4
The NPHI Medical Services team had a busy year assisting and supporting local staff in the NPH homes. Our team of five doctors and nurses assist in organizing the clinics to be more efficient, manage difficult medical cases, arranging surgeries abroad, consult with international experts, monitor quality standards and provide evidence based treatments—all to reach our goal of Excellence in Healthcare. The Medical Services team works from an integral and comprehensive approach: environment, psychological, preventive and curative. Each Regional Medical Coordinator assists in monitoring children with chronic conditions, vaccinations, coordinating therapies, annual well-child checkups, use of adequate, secure and costeffective drugs to treat most common diseases in each country, procurement of specialized medicines, public health intervention, health education and disease prevention, expired medicine and biological waste disposal and coordination with local specialists. The task is huge, thus we plan our goals to reach every year in order to achieve measurable progress. We established basic indicators to monitor the service in our clinics such as; vaccinated according to age, growth and development progress, nutritional status, infectious epidemics, water test results, death, exclusive use of essential drug list and health education. Our work is always a work in progress, improving and updating the healthcare policy and manual which is a guide for the local staff. Also many of the NPH home’s clinics serve the nearby communities or attend to outside emergency cases. One of the most important accomplishments in 2011 was our “Catchup” Vaccine Project. We were able to provide missing vaccines to every child in our homes. From various sources we received more than $100,000 to fulfill the missing vaccines for our children. We received a donation of second and third line antiretroviral drugs for three HIV+ children from Honduras which were not available in the country. The youths are doing well after receiving the life-saving medicine from the Aid for Aids organization. The yearly value is $35,000.
Our team had been able to arrange complicated surgeries for three children. A two-year-old with Down Syndrome from the Dominican Republic, had open heart surgery in Spain in June. A 19-year-old pequeña from Nicaragua had a kidney transplant in the Dominican Republic. A boy from Mexico suffering from aorta coarctation had local heart surgery. Also, Pfizer Pharmaceutical, donated growth hormone for a 14-year-old boy that was the size of a eight year-old. After three months of treatment he already gain three cm in height. During the first semester we had the fourth NPH International Medical workshop hosted in the Dominican Republic. For the first time, all nine countries were able to participate. The main topic was integral healthcare for children with chronic conditions. Our challenges are great but nevertheless the teams at local and international level make it possible to overcome such challenges. Hepatitis A, chicken pox, scarlet fever and mumps are some of the epidemics we have had to tackle in our clinics as well as tuberculosis. Another major task is eradicating parasites. It is a twofold process because we cannot only give the appropriate medicine to the children but also we have to observe the source of water where he/she drinks. Our 2012 goals are: • Increase /strengthen hygiene and public health initiatives. • Improve the nutrition for malnourished and underweight children. • Implement doctors and nurses evaluation on performance. • Document all related health expenses for each child. • Ensure all homes have a manual for disasters and first response. • Continue to develop protocols which are evidence based. • Electronic medical records. Some options are being evaluated. Thank you so much to all the supporters, volunteers and benefactors and to the children of NPH who are our inspiration to keep working and serving them. “We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair and hopelessness is love; There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love,” Mother Teresa. Pilar Silverman, MD Executive Director of NPHI Medical Services
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Mexico Dear Friends, I am sure it is no surprise to all who support us to hear that it has been a difficult year at NPH Mexico. The worldwide economic crisis hit us especially hard this year, and we have struggled to follow through with all our plans and new programs for our children and home. We have had to cut our budget to adjust to rising prices due to inflation and the fluctuating exchange rate. Through it all, we have been able to keep accepting children in need and proudly opened our doors to 110 children this year! We have begun to accept children from places of extreme poverty, such as our neighboring state of Guerrero. These children sometimes come from indigenous communities, so our teachers provide them with extra support while they learn Spanish during their first few months at our home. We are also extremely proud of our new program to accept children from Ciudad Juarez, a border city in the state of Chihuahua, whose violence has made international news. We have accepted the first eight children in this new program, and we look forward to accepting at least 90 more in 2012. We are incredibly fortunate to be able to offer security to our children, staff and volunteers. If we deem it necessary, we take precautions such as changing the time school starts so that our teachers do not have to come to school in the dark. We also take precautions to ensure the safety of all our international volunteers. We are very grateful for our volunteers, who provide our children with extra love and support. Future volunteers should know that we will always take the necessary measures to make them feel safe and secure in our homes. NPH International piloted a yearlong leadership program in Seattle, and Emir, one of our outstanding year-of-service pequeños, was accepted. Emir left for Seattle in September and has done so well that he will be skipping a level in his English studies next semester! The program includes service and professional development components as well as language study. Emir will return to Mexico next year to begin his university studies and share his experiences and successes with his brothers and sisters.
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Father Wasson would be so proud to see what his dream has become! He always put a high value on education, and our educational programs are bearing fruit: we have the largest number of students studying at the university level ever at NPH Mexico—more than 100! I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude for all the help we have received from our donors, benefactors, godparents, friends and supporters throughout this very difficult time. I would also like to thank our dedicated staff and volunteers who work hard every day to ensure the well-being and success of our children. This incredible work is certainly a team effort, and I cannot express in words how thankful I am for all of you. I am confident that we will continue to work together so that the quality of our care is not negatively affected by the financial crisis. Please continue to keep NPH Mexico in your prayers, as you are in ours. With sincerest thanks, Rafael Bermúdez National Director, NPH Mexico
High School: 68 Secondary: 66 Primary: 63
Kindergarten: 23 Year of Service Youths: 54 University students: 105 Milpillas students: 42 Volunteers: 31
Education NPH Mexico’s elementary and middle schools joined together to implement a workshop this year to explain proper nutrition and healthy lifestyles to our children. Our school store is cooperating with the nutrition mission by adding more vegetables to their meal options. Mexico currently has the highest obesity rate in the world, so we are making an effort to protect our children against this very unhealthy and high-risk condition. In our school at Casa San Salvador, we started a new program in which our special education students work in the school’s store that sells food and drinks to students and staff throughout the day. Through their work in the store, they gain experience working with customers, counting change, preparing food and multitasking. With these important life skills, they gain confidence in their abilities and will be able to positively contribute to society in the future. A new activity this year was our shoemaking workshop. A group of middle school girls learned how to make their own tennis shoes, sandals and dress shoes with raw materials and special machinery. The purpose of the workshop was to promote education and self-sufficiency. The girls produced 100 pairs of tennis shoes and over 170 pairs of dress shoes for school. In order for our children to be successful adults, they need to learn to speak English. To accomplish this goal, our children study English for one hour in school each day. The children at our main home also participate in extracurricular English classes daily with our international volunteers. In March of 2011, we were proud to see ten of our students graduate from college. We currently have over 100 university students, which is the most in NPH Mexico history. The majority of our university students attend colleges that are private and provide
our young people with a high-quality education. With the help of discounts and scholarships, these universities are affordable options for our students. Home life After graduating from high school, our young adults give back to the house by completing two years of service. Many of them work with our children as full-time caregivers. The director of our high school home is meeting with our high school seniors to better prepare them for the challenges they will face as caregivers. Our young adults completing their year-of-service as caregivers are participating in an art program with our Art Specialist, Marion Tavella. This new program was implemented to give our caregivers time to reflect on their day and relax through the creation of art. Three nights a week, they meet to ease their stress while working on Alebrijes, brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantasy creatures. This is the first of many programs that we plan to implement for our year-of-service caregivers. We have a new youth leader whose role is to guide and support our young adults who are completing their years of service. This helps our youths to keep a positive attitude and better contribute to our home. We have seen a great improvement in the job satisfaction of our youth since he has started working. We currently have leadership groups at our main home in Miacatlán, our high school home in Cuernavaca and our university home in Monterrey. Our leadership students lead activities in the homes and in the community. Through this program, our students learn to be leaders among their peers and to lead successful lives. The program to recycle aluminum cans has existed at the NPH Mexico high school for five years. This year, the program expanded to include the recycling of paper and plastic bottles. This is also a fundraising program as the collected materials raise money for repair projects, such as repainting the school. NPH Mexico 2011 7
We accepted 110 new children into our home this year! The majority of these children came from areas of extreme poverty. We are proud to say that we have accepted every child that needed us this year. Father Philip Cleary and National Director Rafael Bermúdez visited Ciudad Juarez, a city in the state of Chihuahua whose violence has made international news. Once there, they started a working relationship with the local child welfare agency to provide children living in temporary or transitional homes with a permanent home at NPH. The arrival of the first eight children to our home in Miacatlán in September marked the beginning of the long-term program. The ultimate goal is to accept a total of 100 children from Ciudad Juarez. We have begun implementing a program to ease the transition process for new children. Each time we receive a new group of children, we separate them from the rest of the children in our home for the first two weeks so that we can teach them the values and habits that will help them to feel comfortable in their new home. Some of the children who come to our home only know a native dialect and do not speak Spanish, so this program gives them time to learn basic communication skills. Taking this extra step better prepares new children for full integration.
Thanks to several generous local donors and godparents, our home for high school students is now equipped with a beautiful, remodeled library complete with bookshelves, study tables, chairs and thousands of books. The library now has an updated, modern look that provides a wonderful study environment for our high school students to sit back and enjoy a great book or to focus on homework assignments. Our number one goal for 2012 is to keep budget cuts from affecting our current programs and the consistent quality of our care. We will be receiving more children with limited funds and fewer staff members, but we will remain dedicated as always to accept into our home any child that needs us! NPH Mexico is working with an organization based in the U.S. that specializes in nonviolent crisis intervention. The purpose of the workshops is to teach our staff the proper steps of non-harmful physical intervention with children. In 2012, we want all of our staff members who work directly with children to be educated and certified in techniques to handle problems without violence, to ensure the welfare of our children.
We also want to continue our commitment to local fundraising and expanding our team of Mexican donors and godparents. We will look for new companies and donors in Mexico to help fulfill the needs of our children. There are 43 former pequeños currently employed by NPH Mexico, which makes up almost one quarter of our total staff. These hermanos mayores work in our accounting, human resources, childcare, and education departments. When pequeños leave our home they are offered support in various forms but many of them choose to live independently. It is common for us to help hermanos mayores throughout their lives if they are ever in need. In the past year we have paid for medication, hospitalization, rent, general loans and even funerals. We are committed to always helping NPH children even if they left our home many years ago.
In September, we celebrated the second anniversary of our newest home in Matamoros, Ciudad de los Niños. With the help of founders John and Cindy Shinsky, the home has had a successful start and continues to grow. The home currently has 29 children ages 7 to 17 years old.
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Honduras Dear NPH Family, Looking back on 2011, through all of the ups and downs, I find myself overwhelmed with a deep sense of gratitude. In many ways it was a difficult year. It began with the tragic death of one of our young girls and the grief and mourning that followed. We are profoundly grateful for the meaningful life of Rosa Lilian and for the light that she brought to this world. Unexpectedly, a year that began with such sorrow slowly transformed into a year full of life, excitement, new challenges and goals. We are grateful for the new children we have welcomed into the NPH Honduras family, both as pequeños, living with us full time, and by way of the Soup Kitchen for children in the nearby village of Talanga. Each one is a gift to be cherished. Our new leadership group, Youth in Action, is actively engaging in service projects, both in the home with their younger brothers and sisters and with members of our surrounding community in need. We are incredibly proud of their efforts to develop their own skills while living up to Fr. Wasson’s greatest wish for them to live in service of others. This year has been filled with repairs and construction; old buildings and systems in constant need of up-keep and maintenance, as well as exciting new developments like the building of a cheese making facility, a hydrotherapy room, and the installation of a new bakery sent from Italy. We remain indebted to all of those who helped us make these projects and improvements a reality and worked tirelessly to meet the needs of the home. I am also grateful for the Holy Family Surgery Center and the unparalleled dedication and teamwork of the doctors, nurses, staff and volunteers who were able to provide life-altering surgeries to well over two hundred
people this year. Together with our external clinic, the surgery center continues to be a shining example of the service and compassion that we strive for within the NPH family. With all this year has held, it is the love that Rosa Lilian shared with our family that shines a light on the importance of being grateful for every moment: the small events like watching young Pablo take his first steps; rocking our new baby twins back to sleep; or the big moments such as witnessing another generation of pequeños graduate from high school and university; watching Wendy board a plane to Seattle to participate in the new NPH International Leadership Program; and the honor of hosting the Fifth Annual NPH International Soccer Tournament. I am so grateful for the opportunity for teams of pequeños from five of our NPH homes to come together and meet each other through the tournament, to share with one another, and to experience the fullness of their expansive, inter-cultural NPH family. This year has truly been a lesson in gratitude. We remain grateful for all of these blessings, for each one of our children, for all of our volunteers and staff, and for every one of you who, through your support, make possible all that we may together achieve. On behalf of our children, volunteers and staff, thank you so very much. We hold you affectionately and gratefully in all of our prayers. Stefan Feuerstein National Director, NPH Honduras
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Graduates University: 5 High School: 13 Secondary: 35 Primary: 32 Kindergarten: 23 Vocational Certifications: 71 Year of Service youths: 60 University students: 39 Volunteers: 15 Baptisms: 59 First Communion: 32 Children’s Soup Kitchen
Religion The year 2011 has been a journey of reaching out to our community, and in the process, learning more about our own family values. In March, we were proud to welcome back Sister Kolbe, originally from Argentina, to Rancho Santa Fe. Her commitment to unconditionally serve others and her long history with NPH are inspiring examples to our community. Sister Kolbe has ignited our home with a renewed sense of faith. Two pequeños performing their year-of-service in the religion department have strived to carry the message of Fr. Wasson to their peers. The youth conducted weekly classes about Fr. Wasson’s philosophy and values for 7th-9th grade students in our Vocational Center. They also led spiritual retreats for fellow year-of-service participants and facilitated youth group meetings for high school and university students living in Tegucigalpa. Dennis, a young adult in his year-of-service who works in the gardens, has also reached out to his youngest brothers and sisters in Casa Suyapa through a faith group called “Lights of Suyapa”, in which he instructs children about the Christian faith through song, acting, and games. Outreach One of this year’s greatest accomplishments has been fostering support and services for our local Honduran community. In January, we began our partnership with the Comedor Infantil (Children’s Soup Kitchen), in the nearby town of Talanga, where many NPH employees and pequeños are from. An NPH volunteer travels to Talanga throughout the week to help provide daily food and vitamins to the local impoverished children. For many of the children, this may be their only meal. Our clinic has also continued to provide medical outreach to the children of a nearby village where our doctor, nursing staff, and dentist performed consultations, and provided the children with new toothbrushes, handwashing lessons, and anti-parasite medications. 10 NPH Honduras 2011
Often, impoverished local families come to NPH Honduras looking for assistance. Some simply cannot make ends meet for their families with the cost of medicine and food for all of their children. We provide different types of help or “scholarships” to 48 local families to ensure their children stay in school and receive proper care at home. Children in these families must stay in school and pass their classes to continue receiving support. In March and July, we welcomed two surgical brigades with the same goal: to meet the various needs of local Hondurans, many of whom would not otherwise be able to afford life-changing surgeries. Several of our own children, two pequeños from NPH Nicaragua, and over 150 Hondurans were recipients of this world class surgical expertise and care. Plans to develop the Holy Family Surgery Center throughout 2012 include attending to more patients and acquiring surgical equipment to accommodate a wider range of surgical cases. Home Life Youth in Action, our leadership group, has shown incredible initiative and compassion in their work this year, both within their family and the greater community. Their projects, such as leading a clothing drive for victims of recent flooding and serving in the Comedor Infantil, portray our children’s desire to actively live out the values of Fr. Wasson. The group recently developed a “new child” program to welcome incoming pequeños to the daily life and customs of the NPH family. The leadership group’s goals and progress demonstrate that when given a voice, our children work hard to bring fresh ideas to their home and their community. In December, we had the privilege of hosting the 5th Annual NPHI Soccer Tournament. We welcomed teams from Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador, to participate in a week of intense soccer competition and intercultural exchange within the greater NPH family. Congratulations to the young men from NPH Honduras and young women from NPH Mexico on their first place championships!
Education Our new spice workshop, which opened in May, offers pequeños in our school’s Special Education Department the opportunity to learn a tangible life skill and proudly produce a useful good. After learning how to prepare and package spices, such as cinnamon and curry, our pequeños sell the final products to NPH employees and volunteers. The blossoming program is a valuable opportunity for students in the Special Education Department to develop a simple trade and positively contribute to their own family. In February, children in the Montessori program were excited by the return of art classes. A former NPH volunteer from Holland, reinstated the art therapy program, which had ended in the fall of 2009. The non-verbal therapy methods allow her to develop an individual therapeutic relationship with children through art. For some children who may have experienced trauma or abuse, expression through creativity is an important tool for issues with selfesteem, concentration, behavior or self-expression. We proudly congratulated five pequeños who graduated from several different Honduran universities in 2011. Jose Elzer, who graduated with a degree in foreign languages, also spent several months this year working in the United States in Friends of the Orphans offices. Sandra, whose twin sister is completing her medical school residency, graduated with her law degree and is eager to support and learn from the NPH Honduras legal office. Twelve of our high school students graduated in a variety of fields including education, tourism, and agricultural studies. In September, we wished university student Wendy good luck as she embarked on a year-long experience in the United States with the NPH International Leadership Program. She studies English at a local college in Seattle, as well as participates in service activities,
leadership development exercises and reflections with fellow students from other NPH homes. This year, the High School and University Department developed a guidance program which provides pertinent information about different fields and career paths to students in their year-ofservice interested in pursuing higher education. Life in Tegucigalpa continues to provide difficulties for our students. For example, increasing teacher strikes mean that our students may lose nearly half a year in class time. In addition, because gangs, violence and drugs are becoming more prominent throughout the city’s youth, we are committed to ensuring our students receive as much support and as many positive alternatives through education as possible. Hermanos Mayores NPH Honduras is proud to continue relationships with pequeños who have left the umbrella of our care. Currently, our Hermanos Mayores Program provides various types of support to around 300 former pequeños. Our support may include help with résumés, interviews, or apartment hunting. It also includes keeping the hermanos mayores updated on Ranch activities, and celebrating their successes outside of the Ranch. Some former pequeños may turn to NPH for financial support when they are sick, lose a job, or are seeking to advance through higher education or specialty training. Addionally, we provide 27 scholarship opportunities within the program, each ranging from $50-150 dollars per month. We hope to add an additional employee to the Hermanos Mayores Department to improve communication with all of our family members. Currently NPH Honduras employs eight former pequeños, who work in a variety of fields such as in our offices, school, and farm. Construction in 2011 has brought growth, safer structures and warmth to our homes. Throughout the year, we aimed to improve many older buildings across the Ranch with minor repairs, especially Casa Suyapa, home to our youngest children, as well as some employee housing and roofing. In April, we finished desperately needed renovation and structural improvements to our volunteer house. The project replaced the roof and damaged walls with quality materials that guarantee the safety of our volunteers for years to come. We also continued the project of installing beautiful pine lockers in our girls’ homes this year, with plans to complete the final home next year. Lockers allow our children to have their own personal space for their belongings, and help turn each house into a home. In December, we completed a general renovation of our school library, which now fosters a welcoming environment for our students that is conducive to reading, studying and computer research. We finished the construction of our new maintenance storage and work facility, thanks to a US volunteer.
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We plan on 2012 being another year of general repairs. After 25 years, many deteriorating buildings around the Ranch require structural repairs and roof improvements to guarantee the safety of our children and staff. For example, we discovered that the roofs on all of our student housing and offices in Tegucigalpa are made of asbestos. One of the biggest repair goals of 2012 will be to build new roofs for these homes and offices to ensure that our children and employees are not subject to disastrous long-term health issues. We also plan to carry out minor construction repairs in Casa Eva, home to nine elderly people. The kitchen, which serves over 600 meals, three times a day, is one of the oldest buildings and is in desperate need of a complete overhaul. We plan to remodel the kitchen to improve the overall quality of food preparation, cleanliness, and health. Our main storage area, where we keep all of our food, clothing, educational materials, soap, cleaning supplies, and other goods, also needs significant renovations. We received an incredibly generous donation to make these construction plans possible. Projects In September, we received a water treatment filter that ensures we provide safe drinking water to our children. The new system, installed by Water Missions International, is the most recent effort to improve our existing infrastructure and water safety. A brand new bakery, sent by the NPH Italian office Fondazione Francesca Rava, arrived at the end of the year. Complete with ovens and all of the necessary baking equipment, this modified shipping container will allow us to bake our own delicious bread, teach our children the art of baking, and eventually produce enough excess bread to distribute to families in surrounding communities in need of food. 12 NPH Honduras 2011
This November, we began production in our new cheese facility. The facility will enable us to make three different types of Honduran cheeses, which we anticipate will replace the cost of purchasing over 240 pounds of cheese every week. The installation of a third large greenhouse in our gardens this year is a much-needed addition to support our efforts to increase our own sustainability and to meet our growing food consumption needs. Next year, we hope to continue to improve the water filter and irrigation system, repair old fences surrounding the gardens, and begin plantain production. New animals arrived at our farm this spring. Rabbits will provide a quality food source for our children, and supplement our consumption of chicken, pork and beef. We also began breeding cattle with our two new additional bulls, to provide a more consistent source of beef from our farm. Thank You The generosity of our donors has ensured that NPH Honduras continued to experience incredible growth throughout 2011. We would like to extend a special heartfelt thank you on behalf of our children to the Krafft family and James Corcoran for their support in making possible several important projects, such as our new water treatment system. We are indebted to the Daly family and the members of their surgical brigades, especially Kevin Spahn, for their support and tireless dedication to providing world-class surgical care to our children and surrounding community. As always, we are grateful to Father Ken Humeâ€™s active presence and interest in the upkeep of our home and well-being of our children.
Glorified and sanctified be God’s great name throughout the world which He has created according to His will.
May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during your days, and within the life of the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon; and say, Amen. May His great name be blessed forever and to all eternity. Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled and honored, adored and lauded be the name of the Holy One, blessed be He, beyond all the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations that are ever spoken in the world; and say, Amen. May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen. He who creates peace in His celestial heights, may He create peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.
The most amazing aspect of the Jewish prayer for the dead is that it doesn’t mention death. The Mourner’s Kaddish (literally Orphan’s Kaddish from the Aramaic) instead focuses on the Greatness of God. In this prayer, we also pray for peace between nations, peace between individuals, and peace of mind. It has been hard to find peace of mind in the year following the earthquake. The same teams and people who worked frantically after January 12th to quell the flooding disasters of death and destruction went immediately into creating long-lasting and sustainable solutions that would leave Haiti better prepared for hardships sure to come. At the same time, programs that we had started a quarter of a century ago continued to grow and expand to meet the need of a country struggling to find it’s knees. The combined medical systems of NPH and the St. Luke Foundation now treat over 100,000 patients a year. A new hospital in Citi Soleil, St. Mary’s, will treat an additional 35,000. The St. Luke Medical Center of Tabarre is now a 15 building complex, complete with a state of the art orthopedic surgery center including the St. Philomena Trauma and Disaster Wing. St. Damien continues outreach to the 15 tent cities surrounding the hospital and 20,000 patients have been treated for cholera.
The education system prospers as well. Thirty schools that serve over 10,000 students with outreach programs to the most desperate and desolate and housing for those with no shelter. “May there be abundant peace from heaven,” says the Kaddish. How does one find peace in cholera? How does one find peace in poverty and despair? The world understands “partial response according to ones means.” God does not. 2012 will be a tough year financially for us. Our programs have grown phenomenally, and providing dignity to the distressed requires funding. But those suffering from the humiliation of poverty, sickness and disaster, cannot go on without help. “Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted,” is His name says the Kaddish. You can’t exalt God by turning your back on those who need you most. And so we finish 2011, still mourning those who passed away January 12th, still grieving for those who perish every day from preventable poverty. And yet knowing that the only way towards God’s peace is to work, and strive to help, those who walk, laugh, and live among us- “peace between individuals.” “Peace among nations”, between us here in Haiti and those around the world who find a way to help. And, above all the “praises and consolations that are ever spoken in the world,” let us find a way. Fr. Rick Frechette, CP National Director, NPFS Haiti
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St. Helene Graduates High School: 4 9th grade: 23 Kindergarten: 3 External students: 350 University students: 49 Year of Service Youths: 12
Volunteers(long-term): 12 St. Helene Our home in Kenscoff, saw 64 new children arrive in 2011 for a total of 406 children. An additional 750 children were served in the St. Claire and St. Francis schools, including 350 from the surrounding community. Moreover, over 1,000 children and adults were seen in the Kenscoff clinic, which often serves as the only medical center available for many of the townâ€™s residents. Children and youth from St. Helene also had the opportunity to travel to a new destination this year, with 14 members of the boysâ€™ soccer team going to Spain for six days. The soccer team also made a stop in the Dominican Republic for the 2nd Annual Inter-Island Tournament. We were very fortunate to receive a grant from Misean Cara, Ireland, to create a Special Education Program at St. Helene. The goal of the program is to address the educational needs of the children with behavioral and learning difficulties and the children with physical and mental disabilities. The grant enabled us to buy educational materials, books and equipment, specific to the needs of the children. It also allowed us to hire three new teachers, which we have been training over the last year. Additionally, part of the money was used to buy a herd of goats and pigs and to help develop the vegetable gardens. For the students with behavioral and learning difficulties we developed a resource room where they can receive tutoring. Additionally the program also provides classes in cooking, gardening, sewing, computers, art and work experience for the older students.
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Furthermore, we are in the process of developing a school-room for the children with special needs where they receive daily classes in basic numeracy and literacy along with art, games and music. From the art classes we have produced a 2012 calendar and Christmas art cards in collaboration with the NPH Spanish, German and Italian fundraising offices. The art and some of photographs were created by the children and adolescents from the orphanage. Ultimately the success of this program has been having a great team of volunteers. An occupational therapist from Austria and a special education teacher from Ireland, worked side by side with the Haitian teachers, sharing knowledge, skills and ideas. The Don Bosco program served 236 children and youth, including three who receive food and medical assistance. There were 25 students in primary school, 159 in secondary school, and 41 in universities in Haiti, three in the Dominican Republic, and five in Mexico and Germany. Additionally, six new homes were built for students who have been living in containers and rented homes throughout Port-au-Prince. The homes will house 16 students each. Construction began on the new professional school, built adjacent to the Father Wasson Angels of Light (FWAL) campus in Tabarre. The school includes a convention center where gatherings, trainings and formations can occur, classrooms, and an administration block. The construction is carried out by GMI, a Mexican company, and is funded by a combination of government and business interests in Mexico.
Fr. Wasson Angels of Light
External primary school students: 600 Outreach: 1,700
The professional school is a huge step toward completing our educational campus in Tabarre and will serve 120 students in the first year, 30 from each of the following sections: telecommunications, nursing assistant, plumbing, and construction/ engineering. Telecommunications and nursing assistant courses are only for students who have finished classical school, while plumbing and construction are for 9th graders and can be done in conjunction with secondary school. The curriculum for the school is supported by an organization called ORT that has agreed to support the school for two years. Fr. Wasson Angels of Light homes of St. Louis and St. Anne ended the year with 51 and 150 children respectively. Additionally, construction of the FWAL flagship primary school started in August 2011 and the classrooms will be move-in ready in January 2012. The remaining part of construction is still underway. The school, which has 20 classrooms, an administration block, sanitation facilities, a refectory, and a sports field, serves the children of the St. Louis and St. Anne homes, as well as 600 additional children from the surrounding areas of Port-au-Prince, including the tent cities. Each student receives free tuition, materials, a uniform and lunch. FWAL is also breaking ground on the St. Anne baby house, for children under six years old. It will also include pre-school and kindergarten classrooms. At least 30 children at St. Anne will attend this school and another 170 from the community. Specialty programs of FWAL such as Lakay se lakay (“Home Sweet Home”) were also enhanced this year. This is a social services initiative for children who have family members living in unsafe, unsanitary, and untenable situations. The aim of this program is to provide supervised case management support to one family at a time, helping them to create a sustainable existence through small business, relocation, and education. Our goal is that over time, this process will enable the St. Louis older youths to re-enter family life, thus reinforcing family and community and extending the scope and power of the proposed aid.
St. Damien Pediatric Hospital served 80,000 patients in 2011, with a staff of 450 employees. The hospital offers services in outpatient care as well as a 24-hour emergency room, critical care unit, infectious and non-infectious disease wards, pediatric hematology/oncology, surgery, neonatology and maternity. Specialty clinics and services are available for chronic conditions such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, sickle cell, and cardiology. Additionally, short-term medical personnel from Mayo Clinic, Brown University and Akron Children’s Hospital provided training and development to local staff. St. Jude’s provided specialty year-long oncology training in Guatemala to the head doctor of the St. Damien Pediatric Oncology/Hematology Center. Furthermore, ISOUG commenced an 18-month ultrasound course for the St. Damien high-risk maternity program. Additionally, the St. Damien Public Health Center provided outreach to 15 of the surrounding tent cities in Tabarre. At the camps, the center provides both education and preventive care— teaching the populations about both infectious and non-infectious illnesses. They visit the “homes” of patients, and meet with community leaders. There is extensive community involvement in everything from clean-up campaigns and immunizations, to outreach to pregnant women from 15 to 49 years old. Serious cases are referred to St. Damien Pediatric Hospital or St. Luke Medical Center.
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Kay Germaine, Kay Eliane, and Kay Christine The rehabilitation centers were very busy during 2011. Kay Eliane opened in March with an average of 20 patients receiving therapy and pre-school exercises daily. Two physical therapists and one teacher staff this center located in Petionville. At St. Germaine in Tabarre, 85 children attended special education classes. It was a real challenge to adequately provide good seating and individualized programs for them. Many of the children had never been seated in a chair before and the physical limitations of their bodies made it very difficult. Earlier this year we had visits from three different organizations interested in helping us to develop our programs: Irish Autism, The Watson Institute and SQ Foundation. All visited our programs to evaluate if their organizations could offer support and training. Next year the goal is to have teachers from the Watson Institute training our teachers and parents, in order to provide better care for the children. Our therapy programs have been very successful, which enabled us to hire more therapists. Each morning starting at 5am, mothers who have traveled very long distances begin arriving at our facilities. We average 40 children a day for therapy and 20 stroke patients. Norma, our physical therapist from Argentina, has done an outstanding job training all of our therapists. Currently, we have 11 therapists between our three sites and we hope to have four more in training in the next few months. Apart from the children, the need is also great for the stroke patients and the program may be expanded to Kay Eliane. Each year, we help more and more mothers with microcredit programs and we hope to continue this in 2012. Also our kids traveled to the U.S. in March and did very well participating in a horseback riding event for children with special needs, and we are expecting to do the same in 2012.
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St. Luke Health Programs: The St. Luke Medical Center was built this year, complete with the St. Luke Family Hospital, St. Philomena Trauma and Disaster Wing, and Outpatient Clinic and Orthopedic Surgery Center. The hospital has a 250-bed capacity and served over 60,000 patients in 2011, including 20,000 victims of cholera. The hospital employs over 300 staff, all Haitian. The hospital offers services in outpatient care as well as a 24-hour emergency room, critical care unit, and infectious and non-infectious disease wards. Long-term housing and care is available for those suffering from chronic conditions such as neurological injuries and tuberculosis. A surgery center, will provided orthopedic surgical care and follow-up. Short-term medical personnel from Mayo Clinic, Brown University, and Akron Childrenâ€™s Hospital provided training and development for local staff. Digital, internet diagnostics allow for continued follow-up to this training and development. St. Lukeâ€™s surgery center is composed of two surgical suites, a recovery room, prep room, and a sterile changing area. Approximately 1,000 orthopedic surgeries will be performed per year. The staff includes 20 full-time Haitian employees, as well as visiting teams from the U.S. and Europe that will rotate in throughout the year. St. Mary, Star of the Sea in Citi Soleil opened its doors in August and will provide critical first line care for patients from one of the poorest areas of Haiti. Planning to serve an estimated 35,000 patients per year, the hospital will have an outpatient clinic, 80 inpatient beds, and an emergency surgery center. The hospital will be a critical health intervention providing comprehensive health services in an area where nothing exists.
St. Luke Clinics of Manitane (prenatal care), Wharf Jeremie, and Abricots (cholera) and malnutrition served over 30,000 patients in 2011. Education The St. Luke education system grew to include 28 schools this year, including 7 in the province (rural Haiti) and 21 in Port-au-Prince. The St. Luke education system serves over 8,000 students in Haiti, in 27 primary schools. The St. Luke vocational school, St. Francois de Tabarre, will begin classes in January 2012. The trades offered will be telecommunications, nursing assistant, plumbing, and carpentry.
St. Luke Outreach
-Rice distribution: 3,000 bags (weighing 25 kilograms each) -Bread distribution: 852,000 bread units -Pasta distribution: 199,000 packages -Water distribution: 1,728 trucks
Additionally, St. Luke’s flagship secondary school, the Academy of Peace and Justice, constructed an additional 24 classrooms and added 2 new grade levels, 8th and 9th. The school now serves 954 children from grades 7-9 and plans to add two new grades in 2012. Francisville: “Works of Justice are Works of Peace” In 2012, we hope to continue making the Francsiville medical supplies depot a complete resource for all of our medical programs in Haiti. We currently receive all medical donations, both supplies and pharmaceuticals, at the warehouse. Francisville is also the production center for pasta, rolls, bricks, and concrete blocks, and houses our sewing, printing and mechanics workshops. In 2012, production of peanut butter will be added. We also stock all medications purchased and donated for St. Philomene in Francisville. In the coming year, our goal is to do the same for the whole St. Luke Family Hospital, as well as St. Mary’s Hospital in Cite Soleil when it opens. We hope to further develop relationships with NGO’s in Haiti and internationally, in order to subsidize the enormous cost of medicines to our programs. This will also allow us to receive more medications from the U.S. and Europe which is our ultimate goal, as medicines in Haiti cannot be guaranteed for quality or safety. We hope that this progress will enable the most efficient distribution of resources and keep our medical facilities completely stocked with medicine and materials in order to provide the best possible care to our patients.
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Nicaragua Dear Family, Greetings and blessings from Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos Nicaragua. The year 2011 was full of blessings. Our family moved to our new home, Casa Padre Wasson. This change had its challenges. I can say that the hardest challenge was having to leave behind many people whom the children respect and consider an essential part of the social life of the home. The nostalgia the children feel for their island home with its natural beauty is understandable. We had the blessing of opening our new school, but the majority of our teachers were new and there was worry surrounding whether they would embrace the spirituality of NPH. We hoped they would able to identify with the deeper human work that we incorporate into our daily routine. Thanks to God, the teachers integrated well and participate in the NPH family. In the area of construction, we were able to open our new clinic in November. Our workshops are almost complete and we hope to be able to offer carpentry and welding next year. The visitor’s house is also completed to provide accommodations for our many visitors. These projects have been successful thanks to the help and support of the European and US offices, plus the work of our local construction team.
Education This year, NPH moved the pequeños from Casa Santiago to Casa Padre Wasson. Only a limited amount of the staff were able to continue their work for NPH, and the year started with a new location and mostly new staff. One of the main achievements was the adaptation of the students to this new situation, which shows in the academic results, as 96 percent of the secondary students and 94 percent of the primary students passed their grade level. Our library was enriched with 150 scientific texts and 300 workbooks. Our students obtained prizes in scientific and literature competitions. Next year we hope to extend the curriculum with three vocational courses: sewing, electricity, and carpentry.
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As a family, we consider our primary mission to be strengthening the teachings communicated to the leaders of NPH by Father Wasson. To help us, we now have our own priest from Spain, Father Alberto Cisneros. He will be with us for four years, guiding and helping in the spiritual life of the home and serving as a counselor to the whole family. I must share with you what a blessing it is to have him here with us and how his presence supports the lives of the children. Our new social outreach program, Casa San Judas Tadeo, is focused on bringing support to the street kids of Managua. The children receive food, support with their studies and most importantly a safe place to experience the principles of our family. The Good Samaritan, our therapy program for disabled children, is located near our old home on the island of Ometepe. Volunteers have been the pioneers of this program in they lovingly care for these children. To you, friends and family who are with us unconditionally day after day with love and support, may God bless you today and always, Marlon Velazquez National Director, NPH Nicaragua
Graduates University: 1 Secondary: 16 Primary: 25 Vocational certifications: 54
Year of Service Youths: 37 University students: 16 External students: 23 Volunteers: 10
The ACCESS English scholarship program through the U.S. Embassy is nearing completion of its second and final year, with the NPH group being the only one nationally to have all participants complete the program. In February 2012, the 20 students will receive their diplomas, and we have high hopes to be able to continue cooperation so a new group of pequeños and external students can start this program in 2012. Religion We welcomed Father Alberto, a Spanish priest that has come to work with us for several years. The catechesis to receive the sacraments will be realized and throughout the year there will be participation in spiritual retreats, pastoral youth encounters, pilgrimages and celebrations. We will have a priest among us that can listen, hear our confessions, and be our spiritual guide. Until the chapel can be constructed, a small oratory will be built. Outreach Though our pequeños moved to Casa Padre Wasson, two of our volunteers decided to stay to continue the Good Samaritan Project, an outreach program offering physical and occupational therapy to disabled children, on the island of Ometepe. The project offers therapy to 20 children and the patients were supported with money for transportation, medical appointments with specialists, medication, and special milk and/or soy for the undernourished. Workshops were organized for the local community and cooperation with local medical professionals and institutions continued. In September, the team was joined by a local physical therapist. In May, we started a new outreach program in coordination with the Ministry of the Family to attend to “street kids”, children who work on the streets of Managua. An estimated 5,000 children spend the major part of the day on the streets of the capital; they can be seen shining shoes, selling chewing gum, or simply begging. On weekdays at Casa San Judas Tadeo, between 15 and 20 of these children are offered a lunch, school reinforcement and workshops of crafts and handicrafts. The program started without
funding, and this is our main challenge as we hope to continue and want to attend to more children. Currently, the Hermanos Mayores Program consists of 30 children, adolescents and young adults. They receive monitoring at home, help at a study center, and together with their relatives they are offered workshops on personal development. Twenty-seven of them receive a scholarship and study, while three are in their year-of-service. NPH Nicaragua currently employs 17 former pequeños working in a variety of positions. Construction 2011 started with the challenge of completing construction on the primary school building in time for the beginning of the new school year. On January 31st, the Saint Genevieve Primary School was inaugurated. In July, the family of the donor who made the new school possible came from Belgium to visit the home and see the school building with their own eyes. They were very pleased with the resulting 12 classrooms and annex with computer lab and library. In the first week of March, construction of the new clinic building was initiated. It was completed in late September, and wonderfully, the German couple who donated the clinic was able to be present for its inauguration in November. A Swiss dental brigade has already used the new dentist´s office. Construction of our new visitors’ house began in May and was completed in late November. Besides several individual dorms, the house also offers a space for larger groups. Friends of the Orphans Canada provided the funding for this project and they are looking forward to their first stay in the house. After an almost endless bureaucratic procedure, we started the reconstruction of our students´ house and office, Casa Guadalupe, in Managua. Unfortunately, the costs of materials and labor went up and we were only able to complete the basic structure and roof. We want to move our college and university students into the house and hope for additional donations to finish construction. A total of 16 houses for the children have now been built. Infrastructure has been a challenge throughout the year. We have not been able to extend the electricity network and we are using provisional lines that are not very safe and cannot provide electricity NPH Nicaragua 2011 19
to substantial parts of the home, such as the bakery, warehouse, school, clinic and several houses in the boys’ area. We are also in urgent need of an additional waste water treatment system for several buildings. For 2012, we are working on the design of a new main office building. A second vocational workshop building for shoemaking, sewing and crafts will be constructed. Other future projects are the secondary school, pre-school, therapy rooms, house for our volunteers, and the chapel. We also need a new facility for our mechanic and a garage for our vehicles. One main event of the year was the recovery of the San Judas Tadeo home, donated to NPH Nicaragua years ago. Due to juridical struggle it was not until March of this year that the first group of pequeños could make it their home. To have been able to open this home and, on top of this, begin the outreach program for street children, is more than we could have hoped for and we feel truly blessed. Farm and Gardens
In December, with the move of the last four pequeños to our main home, Casa Asis stopped being home to our youngest children. The property and home will continue to be used for retreats and farming.
The farm at Casa Asis increased the number of piglets and both the chicken and egg production have allowed us to provide meat and eggs to all of the NPH homes. We also had a very good production of sweet peppers, tomatoes, plantains, bananas, mangos, grapefruit and other citrus that we have shared with the other homes. We also plan to establish a greenhouse tunnel in order to have better control over the seedlings of future vegetable production. In 2012, we want to initiate a fishing project so that the NPH homes can receive fish more often. Casa Santiago on the island of Ometepe stopped functioning as a home and is now a farm. The fruit-bearing trees on the property provide oranges, lemons, peaches, and coconuts, among others, to the different homes. Production on the farm consists of beans, plantains, sorghum wheat, watermelon, corn, and sweet peppers. At Casa Padre Wasson we planted and harvested field crops of squash, beans and corn. The greenhouse is now in production and we have been harvesting tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers and jalapeños. We are in the process of preparing more land for planting and are developing a project for a greenhouse complex. This year, the group of indigenous pequeños grew once again, bringing the total to 30. For 2012, we have invited another group of 16 children and youth to join the NPH Nicaragua family. Among indigenous populations living in the north of Nicaragua there is a high poverty rate and limited access to education. NPH Nicaragua offers these children opportunities they do not have back home, and hopes to form leaders that will one day improve the situation and circumstances of their families and communities. These children enrich the cultural diversity within our family, bringing different customs, languages, and many legends which are intriguing especially for our youngest ones.
These achievements would not have been possible without the help of all the people around the world that have given our pequeños a special place in their hearts. We would like to thank Wolfgang and Helga Klinke who made construction of the clinic possible, the Eureko Achmea Foundation that helped us to construct our workshops, and Friends of the Orphans Canada for the construction of the visitors’ house. Our gratitude also goes to all the fundraising offices, Kindermissionswerk, Granzow Estate, Ken Spears, Kellie Dean and John Shinsky, Bill Paolino, Father Franks’ Kids, Theola and Don Hopkins, and the America Nicaragua Foundation. We also want to thank Saskia Bühlmann-Steinegger for putting a smile on the faces of our pequeños. A very special thank you goes out to Anna and Hans Buehler, for their support throughout the years and for blessing us with Casa San Judas Tadeo. We also thank the Dutch cyclists that have not only made great fundraising efforts, but also shared their precious time with us. We are especially thankful for all the godparents that are so important in the lives of the pequeños. We thank God for having blessed us with so many kindhearted people that make a difference in the life of each and every one of our pequeños. 20 NPH Nicaragua 2011
Guatemala Dear Family and Friends, I would like to send our warmest thanks to you, our family, friends, and supporters. This year our family has continued to grow and advance, and thanks to your support, we have achieved much in 2011. We have made many dreams a reality, working hard so that our family can grow and taking steps to improve the well-being of our children. For our home in Guatemala, the time has arrived for our university students to commence a new academic year. We would like to present our 18 young men and women who are in the final steps of the acceptance process, as well as our eight students who are currently enrolled in university and will shortly attain the noteworthy goal of a university degree. Furthermore, it pleases me to inform you that construction of our new Montessori school is coming to an end. A future goal is to expand our Montessori methodology in upcoming years so that it includes classes through 6th grade. Education is an important pillar of our home; we encourage our children to succeed and therefore have greater opportunities for a better future for themselves and their families. I would also like to thank our supporters and donors for their support of the Hermanos Mayores Program, started last year. This program will carry Father Wasson’s philosophy into the future. We are also grateful to God for achieving a better relationship with the Consejo Nacional de Adopciones (National Council of Adoptions), part of the Guatemalan government. Initially, this relationship was difficult and complicated, but through patience and time it has improved and our home can now continue to grow. We would like to thank you again for being part of our NPH Guatemala family. Please know that we are always grateful for God’s help along with your valuable support, which allow us to achieve our goal of transforming our children into professionals and community members who will work for a better country. Jan Leiritz National Director, NPH Guatemala
Founded on November 11, 1996, NPH Guatemala celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2011. This marked a major milestone for our family as we continue our pursuit of Father Wasson’s dream—creating a loving and stable home for Guatemala’s children. Education In 2011, we made great progress on our new Montessori school. Construction of the building was completed this fall and 2012 year’s classes began in the new facilities. Our school received 25 computers thanks to a donation from Red Viva—an organization dedicated to protecting and caring for children. This donation greatly increases our students’ access to computers, allowing them to do online research and supplement the information they are learning in class. One of our youths, Julissa, was awarded an NPH International Leadership scholarship and is now studying leadership and English in Seattle, Washington. Julissa is only the second pequeña from NPH Guatemala to study in the US.
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Graduates High School: 21 Secondary: 64 Primary: 45 Kindergarten: 5 Vocational certifications: 70 Year of Service Youths: 36 University students: 5 External students: 187 Volunteers: 28
This year, 187 external students were enrolled in classes at our onsite school. This number increased from 105 students the previous year. We initiated the Productivity and Development Project within our Etapa classes which instruct students 13 years of age and older who have had very limited or no previous education prior to coming to NPH. These classes center on a unique curriculum designed to teach our students life skills and valuable tools that will make it easier to support themselves and their families in the future. Our home received the approval of INTECAP (Technical Institute of Training and Productivity), declaring that all six of our vocational workshops meet their standards and will be INTECAP certified for the 2012 school year. Our workshops specialize in: baking, sewing, cosmetology, carpentry, welding, and cooking. This year 99 percent or 70 students successfully passed their workshop requirements—an accomplishment of which we are very proud. Home Life NPH Guatemala’s year-of-service program is growing as increasing numbers of young men and women give back to our family. In October, 36 youths completed their service and the incoming group, which consists of 52 young men and women, began their valuable service to our home. To keep up with the growth of this program, we created a new coordinator position for our year-of-service pequeños. In September, we launched a new area within our Orientation and Counseling Department. This area specializes in vocational training, striving to provide our children with information and support as they begin to look toward the future. The coordinator 22 NPH Guatemala 2011
guides our middle school students, year-of-service youth, and high school students in their college search, helping them to find information about their respective fields and interests, and putting them in contact with resources at the university. In July, each pequeño started his or her own Proyecto de Vida (Life Project). Proyecto de Vida is a folder that pequeños decorate, personalize and then use to store their reflections regarding their daily lives as they grow within our home. Inside their folders, pequeños write about their previous life experiences, the goals they want to achieve at NPH, their accomplishments, challenges, and dreams for the future. On October 13th, the NPH Guatemala family gathered to offer its support as 156 pequeños and caregivers were confirmed within the Catholic Church. Of this number, 22 children and staff members were also baptized and received their First Communion. Our leadership group participated in several community service activities its members organized to support the communities near our home. During the community service events, our children distributed donated clothing and shoes to local families as well as toys for their children. Thanks to the generous support of donors from France, NPH Guatemala opened the doors to a brand new gymnasium. Over 120 children benefit from the new gym on a weekly basis. We kicked off new fitness and recreational classes such as judo, boxing and ping-pong. These new activities, combined with the soccer, volleyball, and karate classes previously available, diversify our fitness program for our children.
In March, our clinic participated in a medical mission to the local community of Corales. NPH Guatemala combined its team with local resources so that together there were three doctors, one dentist, two nurses, as well as our clinical assistant and leadership group. Together the medical team attended to the needs of 104 patients (53 children and 51 adults). NPH Guatemala increased the number of our livestock to feed our growing family. Our goats provide us with the nutritious milk we serve to our children with special needs and the cows provide our children the opportunity to gain a greater familiarity with livestock and learn valuable life skills that can benefit them in the future. Some of our older children have already begun to learn how to milk a cow and the process of transforming milk into dairy products. This fall we began installation of our first solar panel, on one of our three volunteer houses. We intend to use this solar panel to heat the water in this house’s shower, thereby reducing the electricity expenses and making our home more environmentally-friendly. In its second year at NPH Guatemala, our Hermanos Mayores Department is committed to serving the pequeños who have left our family. This department lends support in a variety of ways: helping prepare for interviews and assisting them with paperwork so they can search for work; scholarships, medical attention, workshops; and, helping connect youths with organizations and resources that can be of assistance. After 15 years of existence, we have 546 hermanos mayores. We awarded 27 scholarships to hermanos mayores looking to continue their education, and currently two hermanos mayores are employed by NPH Guatemala. Future Plans A major goal for NPH Guatemala is to expand our existing and quite successful Montessori program to incorporates our primary students. In 2012, our Montessori coordinator and her team will begin afternoon classes to teach our primary school teachers the Montessori educational
philosophy. Our goal is to adapt our primary school program so that eventually all primary grade levels will be taught using a curriculum and philosophy founded on the Montessori principles. As this change occurs, more and more of our primary classes will be held in the new Montessori building in the future. Another goal is to take the next steps in creating a more advanced workshop program giving our students the option to earn a technical degree that is the equivalent of a high school degree. Thank You This year brought many wonderful opportunities for our children as our family continues to grow; however, these achievements would not be possible without the valuable support we receive from around the world. First, we would like to thank our friends from Guelph, Canada who have visited Casa San Andres, bringing valuable donations and sharing their time and love with our pequeños. We would also like to thank the David family for its continued support of NPH Guatemala. Their fundraising efforts in Germany have been instrumental to our vocational workshops and Montessori program. Thank you to John and Kathy Cleveland for their valuable support of our Religion Department, as well as their support of our children’s higher education. We must also thank Hugh McElroy and the team from the Minnesota Friends of the Orphans office. Thanks to their generosity, we have been able to continue developing the extracurricular programs that our pequeños treasure, including our home’s orchestra and after-school soccer programs. We would also like to thank Hugh and the Minnesota team for helping us to expand our Religion Department, as well as helping us make our children’s higher education dreams possible. On behalf of our pequeños, caregivers, staff, and volunteers, we are grateful for your continued support of our large family. Thanks to your generosity, love, and desire to help the pequeños of NPH Guatemala, we can continue pursuing our mission of raising young individuals who have the tools they need to become productive members of their respective societies.
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El Salvador Dear Friends and Family, The year 2011 has been particularly difficult for our family in El Salvador. The government issued a mandated law, called LEPINA (“Law for the Integral Protection of Children”), in which we have faced and fought against. Under this law, the government searches for our children’s relatives and even if the relatives are not able to properly care for our children, the children have had to say goodbye to our NPH family and embrace a new journey without us. Personally, I have been very worried, for the fear of losing our children has been heavy on my heart this whole year. My heart breaks every time our social worker says that a child has to leave our family due to this law. This situation has caused drastic changes in our home, but we have used these changes to try to improve the services we offer to our children in general. This year, our dance and chorus group traveled to California and Arizona in the fall. The skilled performances by the children pleased and impressed our donors. Unfortunately, we also faced difficult times with two of our pequeños, Manuel and Wendy. First of all we would like to thank all of you who have been helping Manuel during the almost three years he has had severe health complications and needed extra medical care. His condition during this time has been very unstable; he has good days and sometimes very bad days. We have thought that he was not going to survive some of those bad days, but he continues fighting for his life, and all we can do is fight shoulder-to-shoulder with him. We try to provide him with the medical care he deserves. Every time he goes into the hospital the expenses are very high and we just pray to have the economical resources for him. Manuel’s medical expenses include hospital stays, exams, and special medicines and diet. Wendy is 15-year-old, born with a deformity of her thoracic cavity. She suffers from very limited space for her lungs to grow and is now dependent on supplemental oxygen. The recent medical expenses have been very high and we are not sure how long she will need specialized care. We pray all the time for Manuel and Wendy and we are sure that with your help we will provide them with all that they need. I hope 2012 starts and ends with better times. Thank you again to the godparents, sponsors, donors, and people who are committed to the NPH family. Thank for sharing your time and love with all of our children. Olegario Campos National Director, NPH El Salvador
Education The ABC project is a classroom for children with learning difficulties and our goal is to teach them something useful for their future. There are four girls and two boys participating in this project, ages 15–18. They learn basic math and perform activities to improve their motor skills. They prepare dramas for the kindergarten and are a big help for any grade that needs extra hands-on assistance. They also make piñatas, which in turn the home uses when there are special activities such as monthly birthday parties. These boys and girls also attend the bakery workshop once a week to learn basic skills.
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Graduates High School: 19 Secondary: 26 Primary: 24 Kindergarten: 7 Vocational certifications: 26
Our kindergarten students now know how to read and write when they graduate. This standard is usually reflected only in private schools. It has been a great advancement since they can now start the first grade already reading and writing. Seven children graduated from kindergarten in 2011 and we are preparing nine for the following year with the same strategy. This year, 19 of our youth graduated from high school. They will soon begin their year-of-service, preparing them for their journey of starting a professional career in the future. We are also very proud that this year 28 of our youth continued their university studies. We are very anxious to see the first professional from our home. We know that studying at university is not easy, and that it requires a lot of attention and support from your family. Home Life We continue working hand-in-hand with our yearof-service youth and our university students through two programs called Grupo de Lideres (“Leaders’ Group”) and Grupo de Apoyo Universitario (“University Support Group”). It is a blessing to count on their help and support in developing and running activities inside the house and also in fulfilling responsibilities outside of the house. They are doing a wonderful job preparing to be the future leaders of NPH. Once again we had the opportunity to plant corn crops which is a great help for our home economically. We have 18 corn crops planted which will be enough to produce tortillas for all of the coming year. Additionally, we planted 15 crops of sorghum, plantain, cucumber and radish. All seeds come
Year of Service Youths: 27 University students: 28 Baptisms: 5 Confirmations: 13
from a local institution which is in charge of the agriculture in El Salvador. With the help of a priest in Santa Ana, our youths prepared themselves to start the new group Cristo Paz (“Christ Peace”). The main purpose of Cristo Paz is to educate and continue to keep the boys and girls on a good path with the teachings and guidance of God–in other words to live and grow in faith. After many lessons, our Cristo Paz group is finally ready to start working with our children and serving the community with their knowledge. This is one of the first outreach programs that we have initiated. We are sure that our children will make a difference in their own lives, in our home, and of course in our community and country. We have 17 youths working on this program. They will educate our children and community on the Catholic faith, help with internal and external retreats, and also work with the religious education teacher in coordinating the religious activities inside and outside of our home. Future Plans We have three basketball courts that the children currently use for recreation and physical education classes. We hope to cover the courts in order to provide shade from the sun. Our goal is to keep the children safe and healthy as they play. Since the downturn in the world economy we have been saving on energy costs by only using our dryer for emergencies. Currently, Casa San Jose is in need of an adequate drying area for the boys’ clothes. Although they have a small area, there is very limited space for all of their clothes. One outreach program we began many years ago is providing healthcare to people in the nearby community. We open our clinic doors three times a week for community use, and also for any emergencies. In 2011, there were 250 consultations.
Thank you We would like to thank everyone involved with NPH inside and outside of our home; thanks for your hard work, commitment and support. Your help and efforts make our children feel the desire to go reach any goal that they might otherwise think is impossible. It is so gratifying to see the active involvement of our new and continuing donors, godparents, and fundraising offices. We want to thank the European offices for their continuous support of our projects and especially of our beloved Manuel and his advanced medical needs. We also want to thank the U.S. offices for their commitment and support of our projects and special needs. On behalf of the children and staff, A BIG THANK YOU for all that you do. Please know that you are included in our daily prayers. NPH El Salvador 2011 25
Dominican Republic Dear Friends and Family, This year brought our home much happiness, many laughs and great fulfillment. With the love and support we receive, we continually prove that together we can bring to life and continue the NPH mission. One of the many blessings we received this year was one of our newest children, Johan. Johan came to us malnourished, underdeveloped and terrified. This four-year-old little boy was unable to walk or talk and was sick with several different illnesses. Despite all of these challenges, our clinic staff, employees and volunteers remained hopeful and those positive attitudes shined through as Johan improved. I am happy to report that after nearly six months at our home, Johan is a walking, talking and an all-around healthy boy. It still amazes me to see firsthand how much the power of love can accomplish.
so we can better accommodate our children with greater needs. Thanks to the constant support of our donors, we are able to expand our home to better serve our children. It brings me great joy to say that one of our larger accomplishments this year was a successful kidney transplant for Brenda Rodriguez. Brenda, a pequeĂąa from Nicaragua, joined our family nearly three years ago in hopes of receiving a functional kidney. That day finally came this August; she has recovered incredibly and is overjoyed that she can now live a normal life and soon return home. None of the incredible opportunities that happened this year would have been possible without the overflowing love and support of the greater NPH family. On behalf of myself and the children at NPH Dominican Republic, thank you. We also give thanks to Father Wasson; may his light never stop shining on us all. Kieran Rigney National Director, NPH Dominican Republic
We are extremely grateful that we are able to continuously develop our home. This year, we finished several large construction projects including a residential home, our park, a multi-use center and a visitorâ€™s house. Our hopes for 2012 include a house for our children with special needs and a baby house,
Education This year, we celebrated the graduation of 100 percent of the eighth grade class. All 13 of our students passed the necessary courses to now study at the high school level. In the past, our eighth grade graduates moved on to attend high school in the nearby city of San Pedro de Macoris, but now we offer ninth grade at our on-site NPH school. Both events are great accomplishments for our education system. This year brought many new developments in the types of classes and programs we offer. One of these developments is a speech therapy program. Our children can now receive proper therapy for a variety of reasons such as pronunciation problems, stuttering and auditory perception problems. A three-month sign language course was held at our home to improve our communication with Nairobi, a young girl in our home who is deaf and mute. Over 20 girls, several boys, and many volunteers and employees participated in learning key words and phrases, and now feel they can better communicate with Nairobi. 26 NPHI 2011 Dominican Republic
Graduates Primary: 13 Kindergarten: 8 External students: 50 Volunteers: 18 Year of Service Youths: 1
Lastly, a two-week pottery course was held at our home and children in grades 5-8 learned how to create different works of pottery. This has recently been expanded into a year-long course started by an international volunteer. We are very excited to begin a workshop and vocational training program here at NPH Dominican Republic. We first want to construct a building specifically for the workshops, and also to begin with enough funds to support these programs for the foreseeable future. We want to have workshops in carpentry, cooking, electrical, welding, sewing, electronics, pottery and cosmetology. We would like to offer vocational training to ensure our children have practical skills in addition to their academic education. We would like to complete the construction of our high school. Once we do this we will have the capacity to teach all grades at our NPH school. We strongly hope that we will be able to do so by the start of the next school year. Home Life We started a new program this year called Proyecto Familiar (Family Project). It encourages volunteers and employees to take groups of families to do activities together to help our children appreciate the siblings they have here with them. Although we are one large NPH family, it is important to spend time with your roots as well. For those who do not have siblings here on the grounds, we have Grupo de Amistad, in which â€œfamiliesâ€? are formed from children without relatives on-site. Thus far we have seen great results from the program and we hope for continuing success as it evolves. Thanks to our Peace Corps volunteer, several different youth empowerment groups were initiated in 2011. Chicas Brilliantes and Chicos Supermanes are gender empowerment groups that teach our young women and men healthy decision-making, positive self-esteem and how to plan for the future.
This year, we made a very strong and conscious effort to make our home more environmentally friendly. Through education and other programs, our children are now aware of recycling, composting, and the effects of garbage on the environment. With the use of our greenhouse and other farmland, we are able to produce organic vegetables to feed our children. Many of them participated in the planting and cultivation of the crops and were excited to see how their hard work produced various vegetables and plants. Furthermore, our new residential house is completely powered by solar panels; this is possible due to a donation by CESPM. Outreach In 2011, we were especially impressed with the projects involving our children in outreach efforts. Medically, we were able to serve over 400 people in six nearby communities with general medical checkups and donations. We assisted in the funding of three highneed surgeries and performed weekly therapies with 12 people in a neighboring batey (poor migrant camp). Lastly, volunteers gave talks on the topics of hygiene and contagious diseases to groups in the surrounding communities. Our education and sustainability outreach programs were a great success. Several workshops and classes were provided to teach production of various materials in different trades to then sell from a small shop we assisted in starting. We worked hands-on with illiterate adults in the batey school and arranged courses for the more advanced students in a public school in town. We also have 50 external students attending our on-site NPH school.
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However, our greatest accomplishments in outreach this year were the events in which our children participated. Last Christmas, our pequeños visited seven bateys to distribute food packages and perform songs and dances. During the Easter season, several groups of children returned to their communities to serve habichuela con dulce (a traditional Holy Week dish). In August, more children returned to distribute school supplies. Our goals for these projects were to give our children a chance to give back, and to strengthen ties and relationships with their families and former communities. Construction In October, Casa San Pedro Claver was completed. A family of longtime volunteers, donors and integral members of NPH Dominican Republic sponsored this residential home on the NPH grounds now used for visitors. We are very proud that we were able to pave all the roads throughout the home this year, which previously were made of dirt. This meant the roads were often muddy and difficult to use, especially for our children with special needs, three of whom are in wheelchairs. Now our home looks cleaner and our children can walk to and from different locations on the grounds with fewer inconveniences. Our children in wheelchairs and strollers now have a much easier time moving around. In the fall, we finished construction of the “baby park” which is located right next to our larger park, Polly’s Park, and basketball court. The toys and play equipment were purchased specifically for our younger children to enjoy. Thanks to J&J Kids, the second floor of the volunteer house, Casa San Carlos, is finished and will now be used as visitor housing. Future Plans -Completing a house for our special needs children. -Constructing a house specifically for our babies. -Expanding the use of solar panels, which we have started testing in our homes, to our street lamps. -Creating an Internet Café for educational purposes.
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Next year, we want to be self-sufficient in the production of many of our fruits and vegetables. This year we made major progress toward this goal, however, there is still much work to be done. We are hoping to produce 100 percent of our own cucumbers, yucca, passion fruit, plantains, bananas, sweet potatoes and squash. We want to ensure that our children have fresh fruits and vegetables every day. We are strongly hoping to welcome many more children into the home. As our home develops, we are better prepared to have more children and for them to all be cared for and happy. We want to make sure our older children learn the skills and lessons that will be necessary when they enter life outside of NPH walls. We want to establish a course of different workshops, lectures and lessons that teach our children various things such as obtaining a job, interview skills, preparing their own meals, and so on. We envision the course will eventually expand to include lessons specifically for our children with special needs. We want to guarantee our children are prepared for everything ahead of them. Thank You Nothing would have been made possible this year without the continuous support of international and local donors. We want to extend the warmest of thanks to those who have helped us through yet another successful year at our NPH home. As always we want to thank CESPM for their donation of electricity for our home and for helping us to be more “green” as we begin to use more solar panel power. Thank you to J&J Kids for the new visitor home and our Friends in Canada for the hard work they do for us, not only throughout the year but specifically during January and February when four large groups visit the home to help us move forward on many of our projects. We are also very grateful for the generous donation of food each month from Comedores Economicos. In addition, we are grateful for the love and generosity of our children’s sponsors. We want to acknowledge and thank every single one of you for the care and donations that support our children. Because of you, our children are able to live healthy, loving and well-rounded lives that prepare them for the future. We are eternally grateful for each and every one of your efforts.
Peru Dear Friends, The year 2011 brought the long awaited move from our rented facilities to our new home and property in Cañete. This represented years of hard work and the generous support of our Canadian, German and Dutch friends. They made it possible with their financial support as well as the invaluable professional support of the Canadian groups who visited over the years to help build our home. Despite all of the worldwide financial difficulties, we have been able to meet our goal. We were thrilled to have our own home population grow quickly, finishing the year with 101 children. The big move also meant changing schools. This was not an easy task, but we are very glad that a school near our new home accepted all of the children. In fact, we have eight children graduating from primary school, three young adolescents from high school, and most importantly for our entire family, we have two youth enrolled in the local university and one in technical school.
Another important event was celebrating the Quinceañeras of four young women turning fifteen. This was the last big event held in our previous home, which was so special for all of us and especially the young women. We also made great progress in the health department as most of our children were vaccinated against hepatitis and tetanus, and our little toddlers received additional vaccines as well. We also want to thank our occupational therapy volunteers for their unselfish work with all of our children. Their work along with that of the psychology department has helped us to detect that many of the children who joined our family this year have numerous problems that will not be solved in the short-term; however, we hope to better their living conditions, creating a family and offering opportunities they would not have elsewhere. This is the commitment of NPH. Finally, I would like to thank all of the generous people that have helped us silently during the course of the past year. Without your support, we would not be where we are today. We invite you to continue helping us this coming year, as we continue to grow. Alfredo Hernandez National Director, NPH Peru
Home Life The year 2011 has been one of growth, progress, and big changes for our family at NPH Peru. We have grown from 68 to 101 children and it has taken a big effort from the childcare workers and the children to welcome and adapt the home to the new members of our family. Our most significant event happened in early October, when we moved permanently to our new home in San Vicente de Cañete called “Casa Santa Rosa de Lima”. It has been a long journey and taken many years of hard work, but we are finally living in our beautiful property close to better opportunities for our children. At the moment we have six houses, a water tower, a sewage treatment plant, a playground, and seven pre-fabricated buildings for the kitchen, clinic, therapy room, psychology department and storage. We embrace renewable energy and take care of the environment, which is why we have also installed solar water heaters in the six houses.
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Graduates High School: 1 Secondary: 4 Primary: 8 Kindergarten: 2 University students: 2 Volunteers: 3 Year of Service Youths: 3
In September, two young adults became our home’s first university students. We also have one youth studying at a technical school. In 2011, we also saw the second group of three year-of-service youth complete their service and begin preparing for university. In the past year we also celebrated the graduation of three more youth, who will begin their year-of-service in January 2012. This year we also marked the hard work of the youth group (ages 14 to 18) who organized several events in the home. Accomplishments include organizing: festivities during Holy Week, a Mass and celebration in honor of Father Wasson, and games and activities for NPH Peru’s seventh anniversary. Our family grows not just with regard to children but also new team members. We welcomed a new psychologist, speech therapist, maintenance staff, and security guards, to give our children the best and safest environment possible. We have a complete occupational therapy program run by two of our volunteers, who attend to 49 children during the week. They began a “cookie therapy” on weekends that helps the children to develop skills such as following simple tasks, cooperating, and being responsible. Every weekend the children and therapists bake around 2,000 cookies, providing the entire house with delicious treats. They also started a special program with the youngest children two nights a week to help build their self-esteem.
Health is always a primary concern in our home and this year we coordinated with the public hospital of San Vicente de Cañete to arrange for free vaccines for all of the children and staff. In the clinic, we added an additional part-time doctor and a part-time nurse to help manage and provide medications for the children. We are very proud of the entire team here in Peru; they are doing a wonderful job with the children. Due to the growing needs of our home, we need to hire additional staff, including a speech therapist. We are thrilled we will welcome two new volunteers in the coming year that will focus on communication and early childcare. Future Plans In 2012, our goal is to continue developing our permanent home by completing houses seven and eight, building small houses for the directors, volunteers, visitors and babies. In conjunction with more facilities, we will plan the landscaping and build playground and recreational areas.
Thank You We want to send a special thank you to our Canadian friends who came during February and March to help with construction; they slept in tents, worked under the heavy sun and never lost their smiles. We appreciate the generous donations they provided, but we especially appreciate all the hard work they did and all the energy and love they gave to the children. During February and March of 2012 we will welcome four groups of volunteers from Friends of the Orphans Canada; these groups have been incredibly generous and helpful in making our new home in San Vicente de Cañete a reality.
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We would also like to thank all of our godparents and donors around the world, and in particular, the donors from the German and Dutch offices that have helped us so much with projects and construction. In addition, we want to send a special thank you to Mary Beth and Hap Enderson of the United States for their generosity; it was an enormous blessing.
Bolivia Dear Family and Friends, The year 2011 was full of obstacles from the very beginning. Inflation on a national level was nearly twice as high as the Bolivian government had predicted, and there have been frequent road blocks and demonstrations against the government. All of this has had a great impact on the daily life of our NPH Bolivia family. Nevertheless, we have to continue educating and guiding all of the children and youth in our care so that they will become honest, hardworking, good Christians. The challenges presented to us were not easy to overcome, however, looking back on this year we have many achievements to share. For instance, we are about to finish construction of our “baby house” for our youngest children; our family now includes 100 children and it will continue to grow as there are more boys and girls who need the help of NPH; and, compared to 2010, we accomplished more projects and had more volunteers with longer terms of service. In 2012, we will begin construction of our first classrooms and our own clinic. The first four classrooms will be built and used for children who need special attention in school and tutoring. The majority of new children who arrive at our home have had a deficiency in their education, so these classrooms will be used for their needs. Our clinic will be used to offer medical attention to our children, as well as to people from nearby communities who need our help.
One of the greatest moments of the year was in November when the whole NPH Bolivia family celebrated the Quinceañeras of five beautiful young women turning fifteen; this festivity is a tradition in Latin America. It was so special to be able to see these young ladies carry themselves with such poise, elegance, and happiness. It is a touching moment to watch our boys and girls transition from children to young adults. Before arriving to our family most of the girls did not even dare to dream of celebrating this special event, as their families could not afford it. Comparing the life they had before and celebrating their Quinceañeras with their NPH Bolivia family was an emotional moment for the girls. They proudly wore their beautiful dresses, leaving childhood behind and entering into adolescence. It made us very excited to share this event with the whole family, to see the young ladies dancing, our youngest children playing “tag” in between the dancing, the older girls remembering their Quinceañeras, and even our boys dancing. This wonderful event and all the goals reached this year are testimony to how each donor, supporter, and godparent makes a difference in the lives of our children. Thank you very much for your generous support; without you we could not have accomplished all of this. Peace and goodness, José Luís Guzmán National Director, NPH Bolivia
Home Life This year we welcomed 16 new girls and boys to our home, increasing the number of children from 86 to 102. In order to care for the youngest children, we needed a house especially equipped for babies and toddlers. With the kind support of NPH Austria we were able to realize this big project and in January 2012, the baby house will be finished and our smallest ones will move into their new home. Our home is located in the lowlands of Santa Cruz. In this area the climate is very humid and hot. For this reason we previously were not able to store fruits and vegetables for more than three or four days. A donation from NPH Belgium made it possible to install a cooling chamber for fruits and vegetables, and a freezing chamber used mainly for meat. NPH Bolivia 2011 31
Graduates Primary: 6 Kindergarten: 5
University students: 3 Volunteers: 7 Year of Service Youths: 3 Confirmations: 6
At NPH Bolivia, the staff offices are in the same building as the dining hall. To give our employees their own space, we finished an interior division this year, thanks to the support of NPH Netherlands, Wereoulders. Our children attend school and Sunday Mass in Portachuelo, a village 30 minutes away from our home. Our family is constantly growing and one minibus was no longer enough to transport everyone. We were able to purchase a minibus with the help of the Neuapostalische Kirche Sueddeutschland (New Apostolic Church of Southern Germany) and NPH Germany. During their leisure time and on weekends, the children love to play soccer or just run around and play outside. But during the rainy season, approximately November to March, they enjoy doing activities inside. With the kind contribution of NPH Netherlands we purchased tabletop soccer and tennis, plus board games. The Bible forms a very important basis for the Christian education of our children. Our wish was to offer our children Bibles for their First Communion and Confirmation classes, and religious education classes at school. We are grateful for the kind donation by NPH Switzerland that helped us to purchase Bibles for our home. Throughout the year, we enjoyed wonderful moments and great activities together as a family. During winter vacation, our children created beautiful bracelets, beaded animals, bookmarks, and other crafts. Through this work they had the chance to show their creativity and express thanks to donors. In a vacation Bible camp in January, sponsored by NPH Germany, the children learned about Christian values through workshops and games. Our children enjoyed the camp and we are going to repeat it next year. This year, two young women became the first from our home to enter university, in the city of Santa Cruz. They are studying 32 NPH Bolivia 2011
commercial engineering and accounting. Both are working very hard to fulfill their dream of receiving a college degree. In addition, two of our older boys finished their year-of-service and started preparatory courses to enter university in November 2012. They will focus on mechanical and electrical engineering. We were very happy to welcome a new doctor in November. He is in charge of giving our children the best medical care possible and running workshops for our children and educators. Four new volunteers came to our NPH Bolivia home in 2011. One volunteer supported our family as a caregiver, while the other volunteers worked as a Communications Officer, Resource Teacher, and Extracurricular Activities Coordinator. We are happy to announce that two of our volunteers extended their stay for an additional year, and will serve as Sponsorship/ Volunteer Coordinator and Project Coordinator/ National Director Assistant. The NPHI Family Services team worked together with the local Family Services team to offer workshops for our children and educators on a regular basis throughout the year. The local Family Services team carried out workshops on sexual education, studying techniques, family roots and future plans. They helped our children and adolescents to find their own strengths and enhance their selfesteem. The educators received guidance about the values of NPH, and learned how to resolve conflicts, be a friend and good listener, give advice, and protect our children. Moreover, our caregivers received training emphasizing what their work means and how important their job is. NPHI Family Services also initiated training in cooperation with the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), where educators and employees learned methods of managing difficult situations. NPH Bolivia, founded in 2005, is the youngest of all the NPH homes. There are still many projects we want to accomplish in
our home in order to give our children the best care possible and reliable infrastructure. Two of the biggest projects in 2012 will be construction of the clinic and four classrooms which form the first part of our school. We will begin construction after the rainy season – in approximately April 2012.
Thank You The NPH Bolivia family would like to thank our sponsors, supporters, and godparents for making a difference in the lives of our children. With your help and belief in our children, you give them the opportunity to have a better future. Thank you for accompanying our children along their way.
In the following year we will continue to seek funding for the first sustainable agriculture and animal production project at our home. We would like to provide food for ourselves and to be more independent of the food prices in Bolivia. The project consists of growing vegetables and raising animals; our children would be responsible for both and receive workshops and occupational training regularly.
Our sincerest thanks to the NPH offices in Europe, and Friends of the Orphans in the United States and Canada. With your ongoing support and dedication to our Bolivian family we are able to give the children a safe and comfortable home. We owe a very special thanks to our friends in the offices of Austria, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, and Switzerland for your incredible support throughout the entire year. Thanks to your generous contributions we realized many important projects and we are very grateful to have received support for the construction of our clinic and classrooms in 2012.
We are also looking to fill the position of Public Relations Director. This position will help us to form business relationships with local companies, fundraise, and become better known in surrounding communities.
We are grateful for the support of our local National Board, opening many doors for us and obtaining local donations. Thank you for your immense commitment throughout the entire year.
Five years after his passing, we carry on Father Wasson’s vision of service to poor, orphaned and abandoned children. Aided by his prayers, your support and the good Lord’s blessings we strive to serve ever more of God’s most special children.
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