Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos™ International Annual Report 2010
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. Over the years, more than 16,000 children have been raised in our family which has expanded to nine countries, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.
Since the early days of NPH, Fr. William Wasson strongly believed in providing opportunities and cultural enrichment programs for the children. Based on the concept that the children were themselves NPH ambassadors, Fr. Wasson would bring groups with him when he would travel for fundraising efforts. The children would sing and dance, and they got so good that they were asked to return yearly to showcase their talents, which in turn drew more people into the fold of the NPH family.
Mexico Danza y Estudiantina
Two of our most popular cultural activities are danza (dance) and estudiantina, our musical group. As part of being members of our dance and musical groups, 17 of our children had the opportunity to travel to the United States in October. The goal of the tour is to help individuals and communities outside of Mexico learn about NPH and its children. This year, our children helped raise $470,000 for their brothers and sisters. When they returned home, each child excitedly talked about the amazing families they met and stayed with, all the sites they saw and the food.
Honduras Arts, Culture and Sports
A new after-school program is harnessing the energy of 283 children and steering it toward organized programs and activities one to three times a week. Recognizing the great benefits of creative outlets for a happy, healthful life, the â€œArts, Culture and Sportsâ€? program provides a number of different activities, including Boy Scouts, jewelry making, drawing and painting, judo, swimming, reading club, percussion group, folk and modern dance, choir and soccer. In dedicating themselves to a positive recreational activity, our children learn to do something of which they can be proud, in turn growing in confidence and self-discipline.
Haiti Art Therapy
Based in the St. Helene home in Kenscoff, the new art therapy program allows our children to find new ways to express themselves and inspires talent in all forms. The program provides a relaxation outlet for the 30 special-needs children at Kay Christine, as well as children with behavioral and learning disabilities. The Irish volunteer who initiated the program also trained a Haitian assistant to specifically work with his own group of children. Artwork from the program has garnered world-wide attention, with calendars being sold and gifted in Spain, Italy, Austria, Germany, Ireland and the United States; artwork is also on display at the OrphanArts gallery presentation in Sydney, Australia.
Guatemala Student Band
For the first time in the history of NPH Guatemala, 30 pequeĂąos from our orquestina (student concert band) took a three-week tour to the United States. The orquestina is only four years old but is already one of the most popular extracurricular activities offered at our home. Organized by Friends of the Orphans and longtime NPH Guatemala supporter Hugh McElroy, the students visited the United States during their school break. While there, they visited Minnesota and Wisconsin, performing concerts several times per week, showcasing traditional Guatemalan dance and experiencing staying with a host family. The orquestina group played at fundraising events, helping to raise more than $380,000 for the nine NPH homes.
Nicaragua ACCESS Program
ACCESS, a new English scholarship class funded by the United States Embassy and supervised by the Centro Cultural Norte Americano y Nicaraguense (CCNN), aims to offer high-quality English instruction for two consecutive years to 120 Nicaraguan students ages 14 to 16 who come from poor economic backgrounds. Children with excellent academic grades are given the chance to learn English and obtain the fluency level necessary to apply to educational exchange programs offered in the United States. Nine of our children are enrolled in the program, which meets weekdays for two-hour sessions.
El Salvador Juan Manuel, Dance and Choir
During the past few years, our children have developed an interest and enthusiasm for dancing and singing. For that reason, the dance and chorus group were created. They enjoy demonstrating our Salvadoran culture and traditions not only in our home but also in other cities and countries. These children are an inspiration for their brothers and sisters, especially Juan Manuel, who was able to fulfill a lifelong dream. As a member of this group, Manuel learned to play the guitar and percussion instruments, and he even had the chance to travel to the United States to perform. It was through this exposure that Manuel was introduced to sponsors who knew about his desire to perform and record a CD, and they helped Manuel make his dream come true. Manuel recorded his first CD and had a concert for the release, living proof that dreams do come true with hard work and perseverance.
Dominican Republic Swimming Club
Volunteers developed a weekly water therapy program, which takes place at a local public beach, for the special-needs children. The children are able to experience a challenge to their normal environment and are becoming experts at floating and supporting themselves. It is not only the special-needs children who have shown great talent in the water this year. With the help of the volunteers, a group of older children began a swimming club. The children take to the water each week and learn basic swimming and water-safety skills. The group has advanced quickly and is looking forward to teaching the younger children how to swim in the upcoming year.
Peru Summer Enrichment
The months of January and February form the summer holiday for students in Peru, and this year, we made the most of the opportunity to inspire talent in our children. We ran a series of creative courses in theater, dance, music, macramé and woodworking, giving our children the opportunity to express themselves in new and creative ways. The theater group played a variety of team-building games before adapting a Peruvian short story, the music group learned to play typical Peruvian instruments with local musicians and a Peruvian dance teacher taught our children a variety of local dances. Meanwhile, the macramé and woodworking groups were busy making beautiful articles ranging from jewelry and gift boxes to picture frames and decorative beads. Throughout the year, our children continued to use their creative skills, attending workshops in knitting, macramé and mask painting.
Bolivia Specialized Therapies
This year, our two special-needs children inspired us to create a new program. When a volunteer speech therapist arrived this year, coming to us from the NPH home in Guatemala, where he worked with the special education children, we saw an opportunity to harness his skills to benefit our home. Speech therapy is now offered daily to a select group of children, and with the partnership of the home’s psychologist, occupational therapy is available once a week. The therapy sessions focus on daily life skills and cognitive concepts. The children receiving therapy also attend four-hour classes in a specialized school, which is more targeted to their needs. Future plans include vocational workshop courses for the children to help them learn to be more independent.
President' s Message Dear Friends of the Children of NPH, Bolivia is one of the countries where NPH has homes where the people are not accustomed to eating hot Mexican-style “chile” sauce. On a recent visit, we brought a bag of lollipops that are hard candy like any lollipop, but coated with hot “chile” sauce – a Mexican delight. One of our little Bolivian boys grabbed his and started licking frantically – but then started crying because of the hot sauce which he had never experienced before. But when a hand was extended to take the lollipop back, the boy shook his head NO, and started sucking on his lollipop again. And he kept alternately crying and going back to sucking his lollipop, over and over, until it was all gone. It was in that moment that I came to a full understanding of the term “bittersweet”. This past year was bittersweet…the tragedy of an earthquake of biblical proportions in Haiti defies description – yet the consequent outpouring of generosity so great, on the part of so many, makes one pause to thank God for the good people of this world. A worldwide economy on the brink causes a drastic slowing of new children joining us, but we have used the pause to try to better the service we offer to the children we have and improving our systems in general. A drug war in the north of Mexico threatens the very fabric of our society here, but the now thousands of children in need because of that war and a bit of divine guidance leads us into a partnership in which the first new home since Father Wasson’s passing is opened. Bittersweet. Here’s to hoping that 2011 will be more “sweet” than bitter”, but come what may, with faith in Our Lord and in so many good friends – like yourselves – our ministry on behalf of some of God’s most special children will surely be blessed once again. Thanks to all of you for all you do for the children! God bless, Father Phil Cleary President, NPH International
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Management Report - a vision of the future
The year 2010 brought with it more than its share of profound challenges. Despite the tragedy that surrounded us in Haiti, the challenges of governmental tax law changes, changes in governmental perceptions of institutional orphanages, and a difficult financial environment, the NPH Family rose well above all of the challenges and met each with courage and family resolution. 2010 was a year not only of challenges but also a year of demonstration of how a true family can work together to meet every one of them. Haiti From emergency response to rebuilding, incredible sorrow to healing of the soul, broken bodies to wellness, the NPH team did at the moment and continues today to resolve the many problems that are Haiti. Likewise, only through family-typical cooperation among the American and European fundraisers and the homes’ National Directors, were we able to solve the immense problems of funding dislocations. I can truly say that the NPH Family continues to be the example of unity that Father Wasson dreamed it would be. Father Wasson’s Angels of Light One of the most remarkable programs to be developed within NPH has been the program that amounts to a second orphanage in Haiti, along with schools not only for the children of NPH but also for those extremely
When it seemed that the earthquake was behind us and Haiti was set to recover, another terror surfaced… cholera. Once again, NPH responded immediately and set up a city of tents devoted to saving lives from cholera, a threat that is not yet past. Management of these programs was placed in the hands of a committee of people from our team in Haiti, members of Family Services, and people from NPHI, all of whom were vital to guiding this program to success when choices had to be made between too many competing humanitarian needs.
Sources of Funds 2010 $
2010 Child Population*: 6,829
Children Living in Our Homes 3,431
19.9% Friends USA
disadvantaged in surrounding areas near our base there. Starting with a response the day after the earthquake to feed and care for children wandering the streets by the thousands and in the makeshift camps that went up right next to collapsed buildings, this program grew to include recovery of the street schools earlier started by NPH, to temporary camps serving as triage areas for the children, to today’s shelter, schools, recreation areas, and plans for future permanent residences. While our population is doubling with earthquake victims, the number of children actually receiving care from us was in the many thousands as we brought food and supplies to the camps.
Fr. Wasson Angels of Light, Haiti
20.6% Local income
68 Peru 86 Bolivia
*Child population includes children living in our homes and external students.
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.2% Friends Canada
54.8% OLBS Europe 4.4% Reserves
A Focus on the Future Now we turn to how we are planning to keep Father Wassonâ€™s dreams alive as we embark on this 5th year since his passing from our presence. The program areas I describe below will all run simultaneously, since none should be withheld while waiting for others to be completed. Growth Remembering Father Wassonâ€™s words to us, we know that if we stop growing we will die. We are actively investigating internal options in Mexico to care for the many children abandoned and orphaned near the northern border with the U.S. With our new home in Matamoros in full operation and expanding, we are looking to other areas where we are the only option for many children. Whether we build a new home similar to Matamoros or simply open a receiving office and bring these children to live in Miacatlan, we are committed to taking care of those who need us most. We are also actively investigating new countries, such as Ecuador. In addition, all of our homes whose circumstances permit, are expanding opportunities for education, including those for external students who join our family. Leadership Development We need leaders for today and leaders for the future as we continue building the growing organization envisioned by Father Wasson. Family Services is building a comprehensive program for identifying and providing a leadership path to top management positions within NPH. These future leaders will provide the core management for our homes and continuing childcare challenges. Their educational and training program involves all aspects, from Bachillerato, to university, to foreign and business exposure. At the same time, we are developing another program to identify potential leaders for today, for the expansion programs we are working on now will be in need of leadership in the very near future. Our development program for todayâ€™s leaders is based on a search and qualification process, coupled with a rotational scheme through the various childcare and administrative departments of NPH.
Striving for Excellence In addition to its mission of constantly seeking improvement in our approach to childcare, Family Services is working with NPHI on a new program designed to move our childcare capabilities to a new level of excellence. We are initiating a pilot program at NPH Mexico, starting with a baseline of where we are today and where we feel we need to be. The program is being designed to cover a designated period to a level of excellence in all areas of childcare, including education, nutrition, medical care, psychological wellness, and social behavior. Other aspects included in this program are spirituality, recreation, sexual education, and planning for the future. Financial Expansion All of these important initiatives - Growth, Leadership Development, and Striving for Excellence - will require additional funding. We also need to address our current operating budgets, which have been flat for many years. We believe that some of our countries have the potential to raise enough money on a consistent basis to become self-financing, such as Haiti has done since the earthquake devastation last January. We are now focusing on Mexico with a goal of bringing Mexico to a level of local fundraising that will provide self-sufficiency. We are also looking at several European countries for potential direct-mail fundraising expansion and are exploring the possibility of proceeding to the Far East for additional financial growth options. All of these efforts are in addition to encouraging and assisting our bases of funding in Europe and the United States, which will always be our most important sources of support. Miguel Venegas Executive Director, NPH International
Expenses Grand Total 2010 $
Expenses by Country $
Maintenance 6.0% Farm and Animals 3.4% Housing 2.7%
3.9% Dominican Republic 1.7% Peru 1.7% Bolivia
*NPHI expenses include salaries paid to National Directors and expat employees, along with benefits including life and health insurance, which are not distributed as costs to the homes. Also included are salaries and budgets for NPHI service groups to the homes, including Family Services, Medical Services, and Project Management also not distributed.
Public Assistance .4% Fundraising 1.4%
General & Admin
5.0% Fees & Insurance .2% HIV Expenses
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Family Services Our Family Services team had a great start into the New Year with the first international leadership workshop for pequeño/as. All of us felt the energy and inspiration produced by the most outstanding pequeño/as who came together to reaffirm Fr. Wasson’s philosophy, exchange ideas on best leadership practices and discuss how to involve the NPH family in leadership. If, toward the end of the workshop, we had asked for volunteers to start a new NPH home, almost all would have raised their hands immediately. Surely Father Wasson must have blessed us from heaven and smiled all the way until its end. During the leadership workshop, we learned about Haiti’s devastating earthquake. Alfonso Leon, who has worked in Haiti for more than 23 years, immediately returned from the workshop and started the “Fr. Wasson’s Angels of Light” program in response to the many vulnerable, displaced children who found themselves at risk in the ensuing chaos. Alfonso rallied more than 100 young adults, many of them “hermanos/hermanas mayores” (pequeños who grew up at the home and are now living independently), to respond to the needs. We are very proud of Alfonso and the whole NPFS team for the tremendous relief and long-term care provided to the earthquake victims. Markus Streit, also a member of our team, began working around-the-clock in Germany to support the fundraising efforts. With the help of Donna Egge, who made herself even more present to the various homes, we are proud to report that this past year saw many accomplishments. All of the homes received visits from one or more of our Family Service team members for ongoing training of the childcare staff. All visits included a meeting with the local pequeño leadership groups to give support and encouragement to their work. We held a follow-up workshop for the House Directors of the Central American homes to continue the work we started with them 4 NPHI 2010 Annual Report
in September 2009. We also continued our leadership training with National Directors. A special thank you to Cheryl Sesnon, who has volunteered her services for these workshops for more than six years. We conducted another combined international workshop for the House Directors and Social Workers of the nine homes to help ensure a high quality of childcare. Topics ranged from Fr. Wasson’s philosophy of NPH, a family that seeks the development of the full potential of its children, to policy implementation, child intake and how to work with the “hermanos mayores” to ensure support and follow-up after our youths leave one of our homes. Although our work often is challenging, requiring long hours and a lot of travel, we feel that we are the lucky ones in our NPH family, as we get to meet directly with the children of all homes. We are always encouraged by the amazing spirit, resilience and happiness we find in the children at all of our homes. As we see the children develop and grow into outstanding adults, we are reminded of Matthew 7:16, which says, “By their fruit you will recognize them.” We know that we must be doing something right at NPH. We look forward to working with the NPH children, youth and young adults, staff and volunteers during 2011. We always look for support funding our various workshops (materials and travel costs) and the development of educational materials for the homes. We have great hopes for our International Leadership Institute, a program we wish to initiate later this year. The program includes a year-long training with language school, participation in leadership courses and a variety of community service projects for those outstanding pequeños who plan to serve the NPH family in the future.
On behalf of the entire Family Services team, I would like to thank all of you who have supported us in our mission to ensure excellence in childcare in this extended Christian family; your help allowed us to bring out the best in our children and staff throughout 2010. A special thank you to the children and youth of NPH, who have been our inspiration throughout the times of tribulations and who make all of our efforts so worthwhile. Reinhart Koehler Director of Family Services, NPH International
New child medical exams: 445 Well child visits: 1,763
Special needs children: 185 Surgeries: 75 Children with chronic conditions: 612 Children with HIV: 65 Therapies: 2,928 Children in red zone: 4 Treatment abroad: 4
The NPH International Medical Services department is a team of international healthcare professionals with experience in pediatrics, primary healthcare and public health who strive to provide excellent healthcare to the children of NPH by advising National Directors and local healthcare staff, delivering on-site training and developing healthcare policy and procedures based on international primary care standards, using evidence-based medicine as our guide whenever is possible. NPH was very blessed this year with priceless support from abroad. Several children from Haiti who had very complicated medical and surgical conditions were sent to U.S. and Europe in the aftermath of the earthquake; they all returned safely. Wilder from Guatemala finally received a kidney transplant in Italy after waiting more than three years. Dennis from Nicaragua traveled to Switzerland to have eye surgery. Two pequeños from Nicaragua traveled to Honduras to the Holy Family Surgical Center, an outstanding program run by Dr. Peter Daly, to have orthopedic procedures. Brenda is closer to the day she will receive a donated kidney. Yudelkis, from the Dominican Republic, had life-saving, open-heart surgery in Spain. NPH Spain signed an agreement with a network of hospitals in Barcelona for treating special medical cases; the hospitals even offered to provide NPH healthcare staff, including nurses and physicians, with training and scholarships. Furthermore, an agreement with Iberia airlines will provide transportation for NPH children with medical conditions. The overall report card for NPH clinics shows improvement in the integral healthcare of our children. Local staff have been implementing and running a comprehensive NPH Healthcare Program, based on the NPH health policy. Measures such as the “new child” medical exam, a full and comprehensive medical exam for each new child entering NPH, and the “well child visit,” an annual or biannual medical exam each child in the home receives, have proved to be very essential and valuable. Both initiatives allowed us to proceed with early interventions in several cases.
Preventive community public health measures are showing promising results, such as decreases in the number of skin and digestive system problems. The number of tuberculosis cases has also diminished. Protective screens on windows, fumigation, the testing of drinking water on a regular basis and programs teaching our children about the importance of hand-washing are among the preventive, reinforced measures. The number of children vaccinated this year from national immunization programs grew slightly. Vaccine availability remains a tremendous challenge. Most of the time, NPH has to rely on national programs to immunize our children; otherwise, the cost would jump exponentially. To tackle not having certain vaccines from national public health systems, NPH local Project Coordinators and Regional Medical Coordinators are developing several Intranet projects to fund these vaccines. The strategic objectives for our homes include: reducing the incidence of infectious diseases, providing outstanding integral care of our HIV+ children; preventing and reducing diseases and disabilities with early intervention; promoting health and development with education and by preventing or reducing risk factors, such as use of tobacco, alcohol, drugs or other substances; reducing unhealthy diets; increasing physical inactivity; promoting healthier environments; improving general nutrition and the overall management and delivery of health services. We are developing curriculum to improve the emotional and psychological support for children living with HIV. We are looking to partner with an organization or individual with a medical background and HIV experience to implement and monitor the program. All our work would not be accomplished without the support of so many benefactors, experts, and the spirit of Father Wasson guiding us from above. Pilar Silverman, MD Executive Director of Medical Services, NPH International NPHI 2010 Annual Report 5
Dear Friends, Due to the economic crisis in 2009, this past year has been a time of taking precautions so that we may still provide the children in our five homes throughout Mexico with the security they need and deserve. Each day, we give thanks to God for allowing us to continue to provide for our family. As a result of the harsh economy, we continue to receive more and more children who need a home and family. So far this year, we have received 112 new children. One such child is 11-year-old Leslie, who, when she came to NPH in September, did not know how to do simple math and did not want to participate in anything. Today, with the love, help and support of her caregivers and the NPH Mexico family, Leslie has transitioned fully, excelling at math and eager to participate in all activities. Thanks to God and all of you, we have been able to continue to accept children, such as Leslie, who are in need, continuing Father Wasson’s dream of extending our family. In January, the tragic earthquake hit Haiti, affecting the NPH home and all of our family. Our children felt the loss and hurt of their brothers and sisters; as a result, they were tied to the news, prayed daily for our Haitian family and did everything they could, including lending a helping hand packaging supplies at the local Red Cross. Along with our children, the staff, volunteers and year-ofservice kids all came together to help. Many staff donated part of their salaries toward the relief in Haiti. Many year-of-service kids and volunteers donated part or all of their stipends. Our local fundraising office also worked on the financial end by asking Mexican godparents for any support they could give to our home in Haiti. Though we rely heavily on fundraising from overseas, our local fundraising team has really come on strong this year, providing us with much-needed resources to help us continue to provide for our children.
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In 2010, we celebrated the first anniversary of Ciudad de los Niños, our new home in Matamoros, Mexico. Shortly after the celebration, Tropical Storm Hermine crashed into Matamoros, causing damage to our home. The home experienced strong winds and heavy rains, resulting in damage to the property fence and rooftops of some of our buildings. Thankfully, none of our children or staff were harmed. Today, we have 38 children, maximizing our current space. We would like to continue to grow our family and offer space to those in need; however, we will need to build more dormitories in order to accomplish this goal. Our great relationship with John and Cindy Shinsky, founders of Ciudad de los Niños, continues, and we are so grateful to them—and all those who have helped us—for their continued support for these children. At Casa San Luis, our home for university students in Monterrey, Licenciado Chapa, a good friend of Father Wasson, has made it possible for us to improve the housing conditions for our students. This year, Licenciado Chapa helped us with a much-needed expansion on our girls´ dormitory so that we might have more space for our university students. The upcoming 2011 school year, we will send one of our largest classes, approximately 40 young people, to college. We are so thankful that we can carry on Father Wasson’s legacy of providing our children with a university education. Thank you, for helping us to transform the lives of our children. The children, staff and greater NPH family keep each and every one of you in our daily prayers. May God bless you for your love and support. Rafael Bermúdez National Director, NPH Mexico
new arrivals in 2010
One hundred and twelve
Graduates University: 18 High School: 47 Secondary: 63 Primary: 55 Kindergarten: 20 Year of Service Youths: 71 University students: 94 High school students: 258 Milpillas students: 72 Volunteers: 27 Baptisms: 30 First Communion: 120 Confirmed by the Bishop of Cuernavaca: 69
EDUCATION In an effort to continue raising the bar of academic excellence, the primary and secondary school at NPH Mexico set out with very specific goals in 2010: raise the overall grade point average and help our children gain life skills. Each child now takes a new Life Skills class, which focuses on topics including rights and responsibilities as a person/citizen, empathy, self-esteem and self-control. Also, due to the teachersÂ´ initiative of a Tutoring Group, the overall GPA at the primary level has been raised to 8.1 from 7.5! The secondary school instituted a new daily evaluating system for each child and developed a exercise program to help our children stay fit. Every day after our children have a hot meal at 10:30 a.m., then they assemble on the sport court, where a teacher leads them in exercises. This year, via the internet, our high school students studying computer science started a radio station for our high school. Each day, these students transmit stories, including the latest local news, school news and other exciting events going on at NPH.
new curriculum plan that aims to have all our children fluent in English, with a TOEFL certificate, by the time they graduate high school. In order for our program to be a success, NPH Mexico will need to find the following resources: Money for new teachers, textbooks for all our children and new computers. NPH Mexico celebrated the graduation of 18 of our children, four of whom graduated from private universities, which provided them with scholarships. Our graduates have degrees in specialties ranging from dentistry to communications to engineering to business administration. When asked how they felt about their futures, the graduates responded that first and foremost they were grateful. We also work hard to educate our special needs students so that they, too, may be productive members of society. These students join other classes for activities so they are not secluded from the other students. Our students learn how to cook, clean, use and count money and take care of themselves so they are prepared when they leave the home. They also learn a trade so they can financially support themselves in the future.
Though they are not required by the Mexican government, 240 hours of practical, hands-on internships are required for each of our students to graduate high school. Along with their internships, our students also complete 480 hours of social service. Many of our students help out at government-run institutions, such as regional parks and museums.
Religious Formation Though our children attend mass each Sunday, receive the sacraments and pray each day, it is important for NPH Mexico to supplement these teachings. One way our children learn more about their faith is through programs such as LifeTeen and Edge.
In an effort to make our children as competitive as possible when they enter the workplace, NPH Mexico has developed a
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in Cuernavaca. The two programs help enhance our teens’ spiritual lives through fun, hands-on learning, challenging our children to apply the lessons they learn to everyday life. Leadership Group We are proud to announce the inauguration of Guiando Tus Pasos (Guiding Your Steps), a new leadership group for our high school students. Guiando Tus Pasos is made up of 20 pequeño/as, who were selected based on their potential to be positive and effective leaders in the home and in society. Each Monday evening, the youths meet for an 1.5 hours to learn how to be effective leaders and to plan activities for the other children in the home. Monthly, members plan a community service activity outside the home for our children to participate in and a family-style activity in the home to bring everyone together. Community Service In keeping with Father Wasson’s philosophy of raising our children to share their time, talents and belongings with others, this year, more than 50 of our children visited local senior centers, where they spent time playing games and conversing, as well as helping the members of the centers with basic chores. For many of our children, this was a time to learn from those with more life experience and to extend their social skills beyond their own age group. One of the most amazing things about our children is their desire to help those who are in need. Each day, a group of 15 or more students met with a local 8 NPH Mexico 2010
organization that helps disabled children get out during the summer to do as many normal activities as possible, such as going to parks, visiting museums and just playing. Our high schoolers helped with everything, from helping the children get in and out of transportation and eating to just spending time with them. This activity was an eye-opening and fulfilling experience for our pequeños, and they are already talking about helping out, again, next summer. Girl Scouts/Girl Guides Each year, girls in their first and second years of high school go to Guías de México, which is similar to Girl Scouts in the U.S. and Girl Guides in Europe. Every other Saturday, they go to the local Cabaña, where leaders from all over the world teach the life skills, including how to be strong leaders, how to care for the environment, how to be strong women and how to build healthy relationships. New Library and Reading Programs Thanks to the efforts of many donors, Casa Buen Señor, our high school home, has a new library. With the help of volunteers, bookshelves were refurbished; furniture, pillows, lamps and pictures were added to give the space a comfortable feeling; and book clubs were started. Each afternoon, you will find many of our high schoolers there working on homework with volunteers, reading or utilizing the reference section for research. At our home in Miacatlán, our volunteers started a new reading and literacy program to open up the world of reading to our youngest children. Each week, our kinder kids, ages 2 to 5, come to the library to read and be read to. The excitement that fills the library when they enter is contagious. Each child runs
to pick out a book that they want to read, and, with the help of the volunteers, each book is enjoyed. FORMER PEQUENO PROGRAM When our youths decide to leave home to begin the process of independence, we support them for three months in the following areas: food, clothing and shelter. As is often the case, many of our children leave with highly competitive degrees or training in their respective fields. When a spot opens up at NPH Mexico, we accept applications from qualified ex-pequeño/as. Currently, in its five homes, NPH Mexico employs 46 ex-pequeño/as in such positions as national director, house directors, school directors, teachers, office staff, maintenance and cooks. Outreach Programs In particular, NPH Mexico helps two groups every year: children from Milpillas, a now-closed trash dump, and the children of Father Marco Antonio Ramos, a nearby orphanage. Each weekday morning, these children come to NPH Mexico. The children in kindergarten, primary and secondary school who attend NPH receive the following: free tuition; a shower in the morning; medical attention (whenever
needed, not just during the school day); two meals; study hall to receive help with homework; school uniforms; and clothing and shoes when needed. High schoolers receive free room and board at Casa Buen Señor, our home in Cuernavaca; free tuition; uniforms; clothing and medical care. The children from Milpillas who decide they want to go on to college must first complete one year of service, after which they can move to our home in Monterrey. This year, we are proud to announce its second university graduate from Milpillas since the program began in 1997! Thank You All of us at NPH Mexico are so thankful to have the help and support of our donors, sponsors, godparents, benefactors, friends and fundraising offices. Without the support of all of these amazing people, NPH Mexico could not continue to provide a safe, secure and loving environment to children in need. We thank God for all of our blessings, especially for those who continue to remember us and all of our children. You all are in all our prayers, especially those of our children, each and every day.
In September, we joined John and Cindy Shinsky in celebrating the first anniversary of Ciudad de los Niños, the newest NPH Mexico home, located in Matamoros, Mexico. It was amazing to see how their work touched the lives of so many in such a short amount of time. When the home first opened in 2009, we had nine children. As of December 2010, a little more than a year later, 38 children call Ciudad de los Niños home. Children who once did not have a hope for a future now look forward to one day graduating from college with their degrees. Shortly after the first anniversary celebration, Ciudad de los Niños was hit by Tropical Storm Hermine. Thankfully, none of our children or staff members were hurt, but the surrounding fence and rooftops to some of the buildings were damaged. The roof was easily repaired within days, and the fence was recently restored.
Food Production At NPH Mexico, we utilize our land as much as possible, providing food and necessary ingredients to feed our large family. This helps us keep food costs down, and it allows our children to learn about how to grow food and feed a family. Our home uses the corn it produces to make more than 3,000 tortillas for our children to eat. With the help of a large-scale tortillamaker, hot tortillas are served daily. Along with corn, our home produces tomatoes, which are used for salsas for many of our meals. Finally, all of the meat consumed is raised on our land: pigs, goats and fish.
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Dear NPH Family, Looking back on the blessings of 2010, it has been a year filled with joy and excitement, successes and encouragement. We’ve had our share of challenges and heartbreaks as well, but each new challenge brought forth new ideas and approaches to the way we are raising our children.
be harvested in a few short years when she finishes her studies to become a Special Education teacher.
I am constantly impressed by the numerous talents and gifts of our kids. NPH Honduras is home to the fastest Honduran to participate in this year’s nationwide Special Olympics, which were held in Tegucigalpa. We also brought home silver and bronze medals in the shot-put and long jump. In a family as large as ours, with a diversity of children and young adults each with their own strengths, talents and interests, our youth shine in many ways throughout the Ranch: from Juan, whose incredible hand-carved wooden masks were included in top student art expositions in Tegucigalpa, to “Chele,” one of our young adults who in his year of service taught the electricity workshop in our Vocational School. Chele watched as nearly his entire class passed the National Certification tests in Electricity. I think of Wendy, who threw herself into working with Hernan, one of our special needs boys who, among other things, also suffers from hearing loss. I was blown away by her dedication in her year of service and know that the fruits of her hard work will
I remain eternally grateful to all the wonderful staff and volunteers who help us do so much. When looking back, however, at all we have accomplished over the past year, as much as we’ve done, the best memories and cherished moments are the ones that come in much smaller packages. It’s the smiles on the kids’ faces when they have accomplished something they have worked hard for and their satisfaction in seeing their talents blossom into passions. As we strive to live out the vision of what Father Wasson so desperately wanted for all of his children, we will continue to nurture the many individual talents and sparks of interest in all our children and support them in their efforts to dream big. Still, I am mindful of a very important truth: none of this would be possible without the gracious support of our extended family of donors, sponsors, benefactors and friends. On behalf of all of our children, staff and volunteers, a big, heartfelt thank you! Stefan Feuerstein National Director, NPH Honduras
Home to an extended family of more than 587, Rancho Santa Fe celebrates 25 years since its founding in 1985 with remarkable accomplishments across the board, but none as fulfilling as the successes of our own children. Education is an area in which NPH Honduras excels. This year, our home proudly celebrated the graduation of 18 of our high school students and four university students who achieved higher degrees in civil engineering, social work, banking/finance and education. Fifty-three of our young men and women continue studying toward their high school degree, and 39 continue at the university level.
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Our vocational school and workshops continue to thrive with 128 students in seventh through ninth grades. Twenty-nine of these students, “external students,” come from surrounding communities to receive both academic classes and instruction in one of our six vocational trades.
Graduates University: 4 High School: 18 Secondary: 30 Primary: 24 Kindergarten: 13 Year of Service Youths: 48 University students: 39 High school students: 53 Volunteers: 16 Baptisms: 11 First Communion: 38
Eight of our 38 external students from local communities are able to come to our school on formal scholarships to pay for the costs of their uniforms, educational materials, materials for their trades and a daily lunch and snack. In 2010, thanks to our supporters in Austria, in particular Mr. Burghardt Krebber, we were able to provide all of the requested materials to our vocational workshops, allowing our teachers to continue to provide quality instruction. This year, 33 of our students, including six external students, received national certification in a trade. Sixty of our children pursued further training in their trade in nine-week internships in businesses in and around Tegucigalpa and other cities. In 2011, we will see our new Practical School Program fully functioning with the completion of several resource classrooms where our students will learn useful skills such as cooking, handicrafts and basic product marketing to help prepare them for their lives outside of NPH. They will also manage the requisition and sale of products to involve the student in management responsibility. A special section is designed for our children with limited ability to learn another formal trade, ensuring they gain basic, everyday life skills and feel responsible in the success of their projects. One-hundred-twenty-two young boys and girls are educated at our primary school in first through sixth grades, with 11 in special education and 17 in kindergarten classes. The Montessori pedagogy—a true pillar of our education system—is applied in the first through third grades and continues to facilitate an uninterrupted transition to continued learning. Indeed, our students are thriving: They passed their grades this year with an average of 84 percent. We applaud the efforts of one our older boys, Juan Bautista, who, while completing his second service year before going on
to university, implemented a program in the elementary school to meet the individual needs of those students who require extra attention. These children have a controlled space to lower their stress level and receive one-on-one help with schoolwork until they are ready to return to the classroom. In the same token, the implementation of a Disciplinary Honor Roll, which reinforces the Value of the Month (such as honesty or integrity), has been met with great participation. Maintenance As our home celebrates 25 years, the repairs and maintenance of our buildings constitute a significant project in 2010. Roof replacements and structural repairs to the walls in the boys’ and girls’ homes, as well as comprehensive painting inside and outside the homes, have greatly heightened the familial ambience and will ensure durability and protection for the next quarter century. Structural repairs continue on our two clinics and administration building. Tremendous rains this year left significant infrastructural damage throughout Honduras while providing an agreeable climate for the rapid multiplication of mosquitoes and the consequent worst spread of dengue in decades. The threat of dengue led us to take necessary comprehensive preventative measures that secured our home from serious sickness, though not without demanding considerable unanticipated financial commitment. Healthcare 2010 was a year of exciting advancements in our Holy Family Surgery Center. We completed the lengthy licensing process to be recognized as a fully operational medical center, bringing us yet closer to our goal of a sustainable facility with daily surgeries managed by Honduran staff. We are continually working to outfit the center with all the necessary equipment, and with the addition of several NPH Honduras 2010 11
invaluable surgical tools. Our facilities now stand as one of the top centers for surgery in Honduras. Peter and Lulu Daly’s August surgical brigade was the most successful yet, completing 55 surgeries in four days, of which five of the patients receiving operations were our own pequeños from the NPH homes in Honduras and Nicaragua. Our heartfelt thanks go out to the extended Daly family and to their friends for all their support. We also thank all of the many doctors, nurses and volunteers who gave their expertise and relentless energy on the medical brigades.
Eleven children live in Casa de los Angeles, our home for severely disabled children in the capital city. These special children at Casa de los Angeles remain an important part of our family, and they take part in our biggest celebrations, such as Christmas and House Olympics. Our boys and girls are provided specialized care 24 hours a day and also receive physical and occupational therapy.
Home Life Until they are ready for high school or university in the capital city, all of our children live at Rancho Santa Fe in one of three homes: Buen Pastor, Tulita Kumi and Casa Suyapa. These homes are broken up into smaller sections based on age. This year, we’ve seen an exciting change in childcare methodology in Casa Suyapa, the home to 51 of our youngest. We are pleased to welcome a new coordinator and licensed Montessori teacher, who brings with her 10 years of valuable experience in our Montessori school. This has been a much-anticipated merger of the Montessori pedagogy with the parenting methods employed in our youngest children’s home.
This year, our home deeply felt the loss of several of our children. We said goodbye to Cristhian, one of our special needs boys at Casa de los Angeles, who passed away after 10 years with our family. Our home will also forever remember Glenda, one of the original founders of Casa de los Angeles, who, for some years lived in our special girls’ home at Rancho Santa Fe. Also, we’ll never forget Crisly’s intoxicating smile that could brighten anyone’s day and sweet Rosa, who left us to join her parents in heaven.
One-hundred thirtyfour boys and young men make their home in el Buen Pastor, (the Good Shepherd). Our caregivers in the boys’ homes have been empowered with new ideas and strategies, thanks to multiple trainings and workshops with NPH International’s Family Services Department and local trainings. Significant repairs to the walls and roofs, new beautiful pine lockers and a fresh paint job are all contributing to bringing our girls’ houses, residence for 136 young women ages eight to 34, up to a refreshing, familial atmosphere. A rejuvenated ambience is apparent also in the educational successes of our girls this year: 90 percent passed every quarter in school. The addition of Internet in the small computer lab has greatly helped.
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Our home proudly welcomed 41 new additions to our family in 2010, our youngest addition a beautiful 8-month-old little girl, Scarlett, as well as several abuelos, or grandparents, who provide depth and wisdom to our children. Youth Leaders In 2010, our young leaders excelled in numerous areas: Noé and Jorge stood out as teachers of mathematics and electricity in our vocational center, Priciliano oversaw various advancements in our agricultural programs and Wendy’s outstanding hard work as a caregiver in the girls’ homes helped to earn her early entrance into the university. The successes of our older youth in areas of leadership speak to the excellent work of our caregivers and staff and the love and support they show our children. Outreach Service to the community was axiomatic of Father Wasson’s founding principles and continues to be a priority because it is such an integral part of who our children are and where they have come from.
Our medical staff went out to local schools and provided check-ups and health education, and our public health clinic serves as many as 40 patients daily. In our welding workshop this year, our most experienced students worked hard to provide a new roof, cost-free, for a Catholic church in the nearby village. Recognizing the basic needs of our neighbors living in conditions of poverty, the social work program provides nearly 40 scholarships and emergency food assistance to local families in need. Monthly financial scholarships assist families in meeting the school costs for their children to attend public school as the costs of uniforms and materials is above the families’ financial means; in many cases, this money may also used to purchase food or medications. Other families receive monthly food allowances and occasional hygiene items. Our home has begun a relationship with the Passionist volunteer program in a nearby town to support a soup kitchen that provides a nutritious daily lunch to 35 severely impoverished children between two and 12 years old. Our children will participate in various opportunities to serve meals and spend time with the children. In addition, they will be encouraged to donate a portion of their yield from their garden plots to support the lunch program. Little Steps, our outreach daycare center located in the capital, allows low-income, single mothers to have access to affordable childcare. Between 15 and 18 children from the ages of one to 10 years old receive breakfast, lunch and a snack five days a week, as well as reinforcement in educational themes. The mothers also take part in monthly educational group meetings with a psychologist to discuss pertinent issues, including health, parenting and nutrition. Following the earthquake in Haiti, our older youths raised more than $10,000 to send to their brothers and sisters in Haiti. They took to the streets in the capital city and also went door to door soliciting donations. Follow up Program When one of our youths is ready to move on and begin the next chapter in his or her life, our home continues
to support him or her with a special scholarship program to help transition to living in Tegucigalpa. More than 2,000 former pequeños have benefitted from the scholarship program, and our coordinator is in regular contact with more than 500. The program also provides financial aid and other types of assistance. We directly support 20 young men and women with monthly financial help; in most cases, the scholarship helps with tuition, materials, transport, living and food. An additional 30 former pequeños receive other types of scholarships to help purchase medication, find work, or obtain a loan to begin a small business utilizing the skills they learned at our vocational school. FARM AND GARDENS Our farm has seen numerous structural changes in 2010 since one of our pequeños, Priciliano, began his final year of service at Rancho Santa Fe after graduating in 2009 as an agricultural engineer. The farm produces 35 percent of the food consumed, and alongside the expertise of long-time volunteer and supporter Christine Kelley, Priciliano has implemented new strategies to increase our production in growing beans and corn. Our home eagerly looks forward to breaking ground on the planned cheese factory, for which we would like to thank our donors in Holland. In addition, we are closer to starting our own bakery, which will save on purchasing bread and provide an additional trade for our children to learn. Our deep thanks go to Jan Duursma and Bernd Grün from Holland for their support and guidance. With the pivotal support of HSBC Bank, another notable addition this year has been the implementation of a new irrigation system, which recycles, filters and treats dirty, used water and then transports it to the pastures, resulting in lower energy costs, less fertilizer and more available water.
THANK YOU Our deepest thanks to all of the donors and supporters who helped us reach our goals in 2010, especially Peter and Lulu Daly, Christine Kelley, Burghardt Krebber, Jan Duursma, Bernd Gruen, and Elizabeth and Carl Stevens. As always, we send a big thank you to Father Ken Hume for his continued support. Our deep gratitude also goes to the Mulhausen family. Thank you to Tom Chenier for his continued support of technology advancements at Rancho Santa Fe. We also thank the various volunteer groups who visited us and contributed much to our home this year, in particular the Notre Dame Friends of the Orphans group and the Friends of the Orphans Northwest group. Your gracious support is reflected every day in our children’s smiles. NPH Honduras 2010 13
make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy;
When the future Saint Francis of Assisi returned home from serving in the Italian army, his former life of privilege ceased to interest him. When his absence at the sporting events and soirees became noticed, his friends jokingly asked whether he was preparing to marry. He replied, “Yes, a fairer bride than any of you have ever seen,” in reference to his “lady poverty.” In Haiti, the marriage to poverty has been a pervasive reality since the state was founded. When the earth quaked and rolled on January 12th, 2010, the devastating truth of this poverty became apparent to all. As loved ones departed us and those left on earth stood trembling, we felt doubt, despair, darkness and sadness rush to envelop us. And then, as in the words of St. Francis, we struggled to find faith, hope, light and joy. And find it we did.
Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console.
In the remnants and the destruction that surrounded us, we created new homes, built new hospitals and created new lives in the memory and in the inspiration of those we lost. When tragedy hit again and a cholera epidemic surged into Port-au-Prince, we summoned this resilience and strength to treat thousands of
desperately sick patients. When the political unrest closed down all the hospitals in Port-au-Prince, we stayed open. For
it is in giving that we receive;
We could not have done it without all those who rushed to help, who donated their time, money, energies and supplies and gave us their love, prayers and spirit. To those who filled us, and Haiti, with the sense that we could triumph over all of this and combat whatever lay ahead, we thank you. For our staff who showed the resilience of a million men and women, we thank you. and it is in dying that we are born to eternal li f e .
Life was incredibly fragile this year. As we go into 2011 with all its potential and possibilities, we remember those we lost, and honor their memory in each and every grandma, grandpa, mother, father, son and daughter we treat, take in, inspire and love. Fr. Rick Frechette, CP National Director, NPFS Haiti
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St. Damien Pediatric Hospital is the premier pediatric hospital in Haiti. The 120-bed facility includes an 18bed emergency unit, a 10-bed pediatric intensive care unit and a nine-bed cancer center. More than half of all patients are admitted for an infectious disease, such as tuberculosis, malaria and HIV; 25 percent are admitted for non-infectious diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and kidney infection. Most patients admitted are also malnourished. The outpatient clinic treats 100 children daily for acute, parasitic and bacterial infections. In specialized clinics, chronic conditions, such as sickle cell anemia, congenital heart diseases (CHD), tuberculosis and cancer are treated for months, or years, if needed. In 2010, St. Damien Pediatric Hospital and associated public health programs of NPFS reached more than 50,000 people. After the earthquake, St. Damien became the only operating pediatric hospital in Port-au-Prince. Five-hundred to 700 people were treated daily, with operations and amputations by the thousands being performed throughout the day and night. Dozens of international medical teams rushed to assist the soaring influx of patients, with teams flying in from the United States and Europe. St. Damien’s treated 30,000 patients in 2009, but in the first three weeks after the earthquake, they treated more than 10,000. The additional support of five mobile hospitals was brought to help patients from the emergency camps. An additional 10,000 people were treated by these hospitals within the first three weeks post-earthquake. To support the influx of maternity patients resulting from the earthquake’s destruction of surrounding facilities, NPFS installed a maternity and neo-natal ward. The new permanent structures have the capacity to take care of 10 to 15 women giving
birth simultaneously. This year, there were 3,893 maternity patients treated and 250 neonatology patients. The public health department also ramped up their programs, doubling the population they serve, bringing the total to 20,000. Public health agents made routine visits to tent communities and the HIV program, in collaboration with PEPFAR and I-Tech, attend to 800 children, 226 of which are receiving antiretroviral treatment. Big-equipment donations of a crematorium, a digital CAT scanner and digital electroencephalograms were granted to the hospital. In addition, continuing partnerships with Sunrise Marco Island Rotary Club and Operation Blessing allowed children with critical illnesses to receive life-saving treatment in the United States. New partnerships formed this year with St. Jude’s Cancer Hospital and Brown University Alpert Medical School, which will allow St. Damien’s to expand its capacity in offering the best pediatric medical care in Haiti. St. Luke Foundation, an affiliate of NPFS, multiplied exponentially in capacity this year, implementing a plethora of new programs and initiatives to address the devastating losses of the January 12 earthquake. With the support of a $100,000 grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the St. Luke Field Hospital was created out of containers next to the St. Damien Hospital to aid the influx of adult patients. When cholera broke out in the Artibonate Valley seven months later, a rehydration clinic was set up adjoining the hospital and effectively triaged anyone suspected of carrying the deadly disease. In just two short months, 1,771 cholera patients were treated in 2010. More than 2,400 patients have been treated at the St. Luke Field Hospital since its opening. To address the massive need for potable water following the colossal collapse of NPFS Haiti 2010 15
Father Wasson Angels of Light, St. Louis Child Protection Camp
infrastructure and sanitation facilities, St. Luke increased the quantity of distributed water from 80,000 liters a day (pre-earthquake) to 136,000 liters a day (post-earthquake). Sanitary facilities in five of the tent cities (10 toilets and 10 showers each) to improve the hygienic conditions for the 1,000 to 6,000 people living in each of these emergency camps were erected as well. The construction integrated the communities of the tent cities and affected a total of 11,960 people in five tent cities. Food (sacks of rice, pasta, oil, etc.) and tents were distributed to needy people in the emergency camps as well. On the education front, one-third of the 18 pre-earthquake street schools in the slums of Port-Au-Prince were either destroyed or rendered unusable. Due to the fact that more than 7,000 students count on the streets schools for both their education and, many times, their only meal of the day, school was resumed in tents as the buildings were reconstructed. An additional eight street schools were created post-earthquake due to the massive destruction of many other educational facilities in the area and the resulting influx of school-less students. Additionally, a free-lunch program was initiated in Petionville at a partner school and provided an additional 300 street children with food. A high school funded by â€œArtists for Peace and Justiceâ€? was built for our children, former children and adolescents from the St. Luke program. Classes take place in the mornings as well as in the afternoons, and all students receive breakfast and lunch. They are exempt from tuition fees and will receive school uniforms, school books and other necessary material. Finally, St. Vincent, a school for deaf-mutes and blind children run by a partner organization, was destroyed by the earthquake. Containers that had originally transported relief goods to Haiti were reconstructed to build a new school on the property adjacent to the NPFS Kay St. Germaine Rehabilitation Center. Ten children from our different care programs made up the first class of this new school. St. Francisville The production plant of NPFS Haiti went into overdrive after the earthquake, producing more than 950,000 small loaves of bread for the poor and suffering, and 32,000 cement blocks 16 NPFS Haiti 2010
and 4,000 cobblestones which were used for road reconstruction. A new pasta factory was inaugurated July 5, 2010, with the capacity to produce 1,000 kg of pasta. A tailor shop was established to make school uniforms for the children in the St. Luke street schools and other NPFS schools, and plans for an industrial canteen kitchen to prepare meals for the hospital and street schools are already in motion. Additionally, Francisville served as a helicopter landing field following the earthquake and was used to store the enormous amount of relief supplies that flooded in to NPFS. Don Bosco Program serves adolescents between the ages of 14 and 20 who are graduates of St. Helene Foyer in Kenscoff. At the end of the school year, there were 255 students, and 100 percent of the secondary school class (12 students) passed the Baccalaureate. (These students will now go on to their year of service.) In 2010, our post-secondary programs allowed 21 students to go to vocational school; 2 of our boys graduated with certificates in mechanics and carpentry. Twenty-five of our students went on to universities in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, with our first medical student graduating this year from the University of Notre Dame in Haiti. Next year, we will expand our education programs even further, with some being able to attend university in the United States, thanks to the generosity of scholarships funded by the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Portland, which has worked with a generous donor to create a scholarship in honor of Molly Hightower. Furthermore, the construction of the new business and trade school in Tabarre will further educational opportunities for our secondary school children. Housing for roughly 112 students in Tabarre for the Don Bosco Program is also being created. A community of seven homes, each housing 16 young adults and two caregivers, will be built, with the remaining students living with extended family members offsite. Although the initial seven homes will serve our current need, more homes will be built as the Don Bosco program expands.
Father Wasson Angels of Light, on-site primary school.
Father Wasson Angels of Light A few days after the earthquake, our staff initiated the pedagogic emergency program Father Wasson Angels of Light (FWAL), a child-protection camp for the numerous children left orphaned, vulnerable and displaced by the earthquake. Two-thousand children from more than 18 emergency camps were supervised by 200 staff workers. One-hundred-ten of those 200 workers were young adults who grew up in our homes and lost their livelihoods and homes as a result of the earthquake. The program provided a safe environment for the children and focused on day camp activities. The children were able to play, sing and dance and had the freedom to engage in games of soccer or laugh among themselves. Two meals a day were provided to the children, and an additional 1,000 children received meals as part of our distribution to neighborhood schools who requested support. As part of this program, two new orphanages were created: St. Louis and St. Anne. St. Louis is located adjacent to St. Damien’s in Tabarre and is constructed out of shipping containers, which will serve as the temporary base of the orphanage for two years while a more permanent structure is built. St. Louis currently has 118 children ages six to 14, with hundreds more on the waiting list. St. Anne, the home for children under six, is located offsite in Tabarre and houses over 40 children. St. Anne will also eventually be relocated to Tabarre. When fall came, so did the FWAL School. The initial construction of 14 tent classrooms in Tabarre serves 740 students, and 1140
students receive support at external schools. Tuition, meals, uniforms and materials are free of charge to these low-income students. Additionally 500 students receive meals at non FWAL schools. Big brothers and sisters The earthquake had a huge impact on our brothers and sisters who grew up in our home. Many saw their homes collapse and schooling halt as a result of the devastation wrought upon Port-au-Prince. Numerous big brothers and sisters were brought back to the NPFS compound in Tabarre, where they worked as volunteers and employees for the newly created Fr. Wasson Angels of Light program. Additionally, the micro-loan program for these young adults gave them the opportunity to repair their homes or rent accommodations. Back payments started July 2010 and are used to disburse further loans. A total of 114 loans totaling $100,000 were granted. St. Helene Foyer, our home in Kenscoff, was home to 402 children this year, 20 of whom graduated on to the Don Bosco Program and 43 of whom began their first year with us. St. Helene’s on-site school served 760 students this year. All our 30 graduating ninth graders passed the state-mandated examinations with flying colors. The onsite school run by the Salesian sisters, also opens its St. Helene Graduates University: 1 High School: 12 Secondary: 18 Primary: 34 Kindergarten: 22
Fr. Wasson’s Angels of Light St. Anne’s Baby House: 41 St. Louis Child Protection Camp: 118 Onsite primary school students: 740 Eight offsite primary schools: 1,140 Children living with family who receive academic scholarships: 62 Employees: 187
External students St. Helene: 408 Children living with family who receive academic scholarships: 30 Year of Service Youths: 12 University students: 25 Volunteers(long-term): 5 Baptisms: 14 Confirmations: 40
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door to the Kenscoff community. More than 400 external children attend the school while an additional 30 receive assistance from our social work department. Kenscoff also commenced an extensive renovation this year, with two homes being restructured entirely to accommodate more children. Improvements in electricity, plumbing, roof structures, stairs, windows and furniture were made; plans for a new kitchen and dining hall are also in the works. This year, a new art therapy program was initiated by a volunteer from Ireland who first came to NPFS in the summer of 2009 and returned this summer for a two-year stay. Based out of Kenscoff, this program allows our children to find new ways to express themselves. It provides art therapy classes for the special needs youths as well as for children identified as having behavioral and learning disabilities.
This year, 14 boys from the St. Helene soccer team enjoyed the opportunity of a lifetime: traveling to both Italy and South Africa as part of the 2010 Danone Nations Cup. In Italy, the boys visited Rome where they met Pope Benedict XVI. They also traveled to Milan where they went to La Scala, a world renowned opera house, met the Italian national team at the ski resort Sestriere and met the champions from the Milan Football Club. Needless to say, they had a fantastic time.
Kay St. Germaine is NPFS’s 2,300-square-foot rehabilitation, physiotherapy and educational center located across the street from St. Damien’s Pediatric Hospital in Tabarre. The center serves 50 to 60 children a day; however, since the earthquake, this number has grown to include a special needs school, physical and occupational therapy for adults and children and a prosthetics lab for amputees. Fifty amputees have been fitted with artificial legs, and an average of 25 orthopedic patients receive therapy daily. After the Father Wasson Center collapsed in the earthquake, the programs of Kay Elaine—with its physical therapy center and special needs school—was moved to Kay Germaine. Every day, three school buses take more than 100 kids to school in Tabarre while a building in Petionville is renovated. Additionally, long-term volunteer Norma Lopez has been training four new hires to work as therapists to address the influx of new patients and maintain our level of excellence in patient care. The vocational work program of cardmaking for the mothers of disabled children allows patient families to earn a sustainable income. There are also micro credit loans for patient families, a homebuilding program, a home-renting program and a land-purchasing program. Kay St. Germaine also distributed 400 tents after the quake and provided food packages to all patients currently receiving therapy. We hope to start 2011 by reopening Kay Eliane, which will be in a new location that is currently being refurbished. This program will cater to the kids in the Petionville area who are currently making the long trek to St. Germaine in Tabarre for therapy. 18 NPFS Haiti 2010
We are planning to build a new wing on St. Germaine; it will be as a separate building with access to St. Germaine. There we will concentrate on making prosthetics and orthotics, providing physical therapy for adults and kids with orthopedic problems and providing occupational therapy. As we look back on 2010, we can see all the sadness Haiti suffered, all the pain we shared, all the tears shed and unshed. A new year, however, approaches. I am not cynical, but my prayer will be a bit different this year. I pray that all of us have the strength and courage to face whatever comes our way in 2011. I pray we will always be surrounded by people who love, care and support us. I pray we will continue to be people of light and faith. From all of us involved in the programs for kids with disabilities and special needs, a big thank you for all your continued support. Gena Heraty Director, Special Needs Programs
Dear International Family, Greetings and blessings from each one of our Nicaraguan children and especially from myself. I would say that one of the most challenging achievements for us this year was the move to our new home. The construction at Casa Padre Wasson has progressed, through lots of hard work and dedication, that on December 9th, I was able to move our NPH family into our new home. At first, when considering the need for the move, many of our children were sad because they had to leave their friends, teachers, cooks and other staff that could not follow us on our new journey. It was also very sad for me to leave the home on the island, for it was there where Father Wasson started the family. But, I must have the courage to move forward, reaching toward new goals and sharing the courage and joy of having a new home with the children, volunteers and staff.
Construction 2010 was a year of great progress in Nicaragua. We completed seven homes, each one providing space for 20 children. The total number of houses at the end of 2010 is 12, and four more will be finished in the first months of the new year. The new family style design of the houses is giving our home the feeling of a small village, but the new houses are not the only progress of this year. Visitors who drive into Casa Padre Wasson now pass the entrance gate
Personally, I want to share the joy of my family over the arrival of our son Marlon Josue Velasquez Romero, who was born on November 1st this year. I deeply thank all the staff for their unconditional dedication to the job done, especially in the movement of our children to their new home. Thank you, especially, to all the international offices that are working hard so that our children can have a decent life. Finally, thanks to God, who gives us the grace to do this work every day. Paz y Bien, Marlon Velazquez National Director, NPH Nicaragua
with a small house for the security staff, including a bathroom. The primary school is almost finishedâ€”inauguration will take place January 31st, the first day of the school year 2011. The primary school has a total of 12 classrooms, each one with bathrooms, storage room and an internal garden. The design guarantees natural light and air circulation but also invites the students to keep their own gardens in their classroom. The annex of the building offers space for the library and a computer lab. Next to the primary school is an empty lot that will be used for the clinic (construction is going to start in February 2011) and the garage and mechanic workshop.
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Graduates University: 2 Secondary: 19 Primary: 25 Kindergarten: 5 Year of Service Youths: 23 University students: 13 External students: 117 Volunteers: 16 Baptisms: 12 First Communion: 28 Confirmations: 21 The eye-catcher of our new home is definitely the kitchen and dining hall complex. The beautiful and large open dining hall surrounded by small gardens was used the first time for the 2010 graduation ceremony. The central kitchen and bakery with plenty of work space, includes two small internal patios that make sure that enough air circulation and natural light comes in. The same building complex includes the general warehouse, a laundry area and a small dining room that will also be used as a staff meeting room. A little farther down the road, between the girls´ houses and the boys´ houses, a visitor can see the new multifunctional sports court. With the size of two basketball fields, it provides ample space for soccer, volleyball and basketball matches. Up to 100 people can watch the games in the shade on the bleachers. On the other side of the road, the National Director and his family will soon move in their new house. It is right next to the spot of our future babies house and between the boys´and girls´houses, centrally located. The house will be finished in February and finally, two months after our children moved from Ometepe Island into their new houses, the National Director and his family will be able to live on the grounds with the children. In preparation of the move, a team of psychologists worked on helping prepare our children for the change in their lives. During November, two groups of pequeños moved to the mainland. Then, by the second week of December, the last group moved, along with the youngest children from Casa Asis. EDUCATION During 2010, in a national evaluation by the ministry of education, NPH Nicaragua´s students and staff stood out with results that exceeded the national average. Our children stood out at municipal- and departmental-level competitions in math, Spanish, literature, athletics and soccer. In cooperation with the National Civil Defense, this year staff and children began training for the first aid brigade, which helps in the case of natural disasters. When the NPH home and school moved away from the island; it left behind 16 teachers and numerous external students. To 20 NPH Nicaragua 2010
provide a solution for them, NPH is looking into the possibility of continuing the school. As for Casa Santiago, once all pequeños leave, it will become a farm with cows, pigs, chickens and agriculture. Our youths who live at Casa Padre Wasson were more dedicated to their academic preparation, which resulted in great academic results: five pequeños graduated from secondary school and 17 from vocational school. This year, the new group of children with indigenous origins was also successfully integrated into school and home activities. 2011 will be the second and final year of the ACCESS English scholarship program, which will continue at Casa Padre Wasson. The external beneficiaries of the program are prepared to live and study at the home and return to their homes on weekends. In the capital city of Managua, NPH Nicaragua now has three houses for students, Santa Clara, Guadalupe, and new this year, Rosa de Lima. Rosa de Lima is home to four university students. As Casa Guadalupe did not comply with the building regulations, or structural security, the decision was made to demolish the 131-square-meter building. The reconstruction will be a 317-square-meter, two-story building, which will include a porch, living room, kitchen, study room, director´s office, five dormitories with bathrooms for four youths each, dormitory for an educator, laundry room and a patio. NPH Nicaragua is proud of Magdalena and Miguel Angel who graduated from university this year, in social communications and law, respectively. In August 2010, a former pequeño and a volunteer started a magazine, which was based in Casa Santiago. Pequeños from the other NPH Nicaragua houses also participated, and the magazine evolved as a new way form of communication between the houses. The magazine gives pequeños a new way to express themselves, and hopes are that in the future, they will completely take over the production of the magazine.
The Family Services team had a professional development planning meeting with educators every Wednesday. Apart from this, the program of youth leaders was launched with the objective of preparing our children to be strong leaders—in the home and in society—so they can help in the formation of their younger siblings. They are a active part of the activities inside and outside the home. Casa Asis, the babies’ house, is home to 22 of the youngest children at NPH Nicaragua. This year, for security reasons, the play area structure was reinforced and a new roof added. A sitting area with bamboo swings was built near the lake, providing a park-like area where the children could relax. Of the 11 children who attended the local parish school, seven received recognition for their high academic achievement. In February, Casa Asis started to reach out to the nearby community, providing day-care for five neighborhood children. The farm is still in operation and will continue to provide eggs, meat, chicken, milk, plantains and various other products for the use of other NPH houses Agriculture With the help of the year of service youths, a 480-square-meter greenhouse with a drip irrigation system was constructed. We expect to harvest more than 4,000 kilos of cucumber. In addition the youths also maintained plants that have been seeded (pineapple, granadia, pitahayas, coconuts, naranjos, yucca, etc.), Thanks to these efforts, we had successful productions of beans, maize, granadilla, calala, maracuya, papaya, plantains and stretches of grass for the new houses. The total production of the different houses amounts to 28 percent of the consumption of NPH Nicaragua. Follow up Program At the moment, the Hermanos Mayores (Older Brothers and Sisters) program supports 33 pequeños, of whom four are realizing their year of service in different institutions, such as kindergarten classrooms, health centers and the ministry
of family in their respective municipalities. The educational level of the beneficiaries varies from first grade to university. All live with their extended families. Every month, meetings with all of the beneficiaries are held; the meetings cover important topics such as living with their families, academic results and the expectations they all have with the program and NPH. The program also involves a series of workshops for the youths and those responsible for them on personal development topics, such as self-esteem, violence prevention, drug abuse, values, conflict resolution, etc. In every one of these meetings, the National Director tries to be present to maintain contact with these youths, who, in spite of living outside the home, are still are part of the NPH Nicaragua family. At the moment, NPH Nicaragua employs 21 hermanos mayores, who are a living example to the younger pequeños and are encouragement for them to study and become professionals. OUTREACH The “Samaritano” project, an outpatient therapy center for disabled children, welcomed its first patients on March 10th, 2010 in Casa Santiago. It was started by two physical therapists and two occupational therapists, all of them volunteers from Austria. Patients receive access to free therapy, healthcare and medication, milk powder or soya and transportation. The project began with six patients and completed 18 therapies. The number of patients is now up to 13, and the monthly average of realized therapies is more than 60. NPH also temporarily take takes in children who are transferred by the government Ministry of the Family. The goal of the program is to offer special protection and care to these children and adolescents. Using their own initiative, our children helped in local communities by donating clothing and helping a poor woman construct her house. The youths also visited a nursing home, prisons and participated in activities to raise funds for the people of Haiti.
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guatemala Dear Family and Friends, First, thank you to all our donors and friends who, in one way or another, support us every year. Thank you for the incredible help you give to our children in Guatemala; with your support, they are developing into responsible and active members of society. 2010 was an extraordinary year for me, as National Director, working with the NPH Guatemala team. With much effort and great enthusiasm, we set many goals that will allow our children to thrive. We have achieved the dreams of many of our young men and women, who will go on to represent our country in other parts of the world. Special thanks go to Hugh McElroy, whose support provided the NPH Guatemala orquestina the opportunity for a three-week concert tour in the United States, resulting in international recognition for our children. I would also like to mention the new Hermanos Mayores Department, which began operating this year and is now giving our youth the tools to better themselves and become successful professionals outside of our home. We must also include the transformation of our Religion Department into what is now called our Department of Integrated, Personal, and Christian Education. As its new name indicates, this department will help shape our children and teach them the path that leads to God and a life of many blessings. In closing, I want to mention the great success of the educational scholarship program we offer external children from the communities around our home. This program is providing great support to the youth of today and the future of our country. All youth from our home participated in community service projects this year, serving as good neighbors throughout the country of Guatemala. As our beloved Father Wasson told us, we practice charity because if you love, you will be loved, and it is through giving that we receive. From all of us who form the great family of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, we thank you, again, for all of your love and support for the children of Guatemala. Jan Leiritz National Director, NPH Guatemala
EDUCATION During 2010, the NPH Guatemala school opened its doors to 105 external students from low-income families. Of these 105 students, five studied in our Montessori kindergarten, nine in our primary school and 91 in our middle school. For the 2011 school year, we will expand our educational outreach even further, offering 75 more academic scholarships to children from the community. Juan José Cuxil returned home after spending the 20092010 school year studying at Benilde-St. Margaret’s college preparatory high school in Minnesota; he is the first pequeño from NPH Guatemala to study in the United States. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was organized for Juan José by several NPH supporters in the Minneapolis area; John and Kathy
Cleveland served as his host family. Now back in Guatemala, Juan José says his year in studying in the U.S. has inspired him to pursue a university degree in economics. Our 55 bachillerato (high school) students began an internship program at the home. Each student is now required to work an average of 15 hours per week in an assigned department, according to their program of study in school. Students now work in the office, school and children’s sections, and the program has been a great success both in instilling the value of service in our youths and advancing their professional development. new arrivals in 2010
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Graduates High School: 18 Secondary: 24 Primary: 21 Kindergarten: 9 Year of Service: 17 Vocational Workshops: 172 Volunteers: 23 Baptisms: 24 First Communions: 28 Confirmations: 54 After completing their high school and years of service, five of our pequeños hope to begin university in the beginning of 2011. We congratulate these three young men and two young women and wish them success in this next step of their education. Our government-certified workshop program added a new cooking class– bringing the total number of workshops offered to six. Also new in 2010, 22 of our middle school students worked in monthlong internships in outside bakeries, tailor shops, carpentries, etc., to gain practical experience in their chosen trade. HOME LIFE In its premiere year, a new program, Chicas Poderosas (Power Girls), became an instant hit with our girls. Initiated by a volunteer, this a weekly program provides a place where girls feel safe to come and talk about themes they encounter in their adolescence, such as health, relationships, friendships and body issues. Approximately 55 girls attend weekly. In its second year, Escuchando al Hermano (Listening to Our Brothers and Sisters), the NPH Guatemala student leadership group, expanded its reach to outside the home. During its biggest project of the year, the group completed a weekend of community service in the department of El Progreso, Guatemala where they provided food and toiletries to more than 150 families. Also the group’s leaders traveled to the municipality of San Vicente Pacaya.
There they distributed food, clothing and shoes to 100 families affected by the devastating eruption of Volcano Pacaya. In August, the entire NPH family participated in a day of community service on the anniversary of the death of our founder, Fr. Wasson. In April 2010, the house released its first issue of X-PRES-ARTE, the magazine created by and for the pequeños of NPH Guatemala. Coordinated by a volunteer working as the art therapist during the 2010 year, the monthly magazine features more than 20 pages of stories—all written by children from our home—on travel, food, news, emotions and more. A new Hermanos Mayores department was created that now provides, outreach to those pequeños who have left our home. We are currently in touch with 20 ex-pequeños, assisting them with academic scholarships, an entrepreneurship and micro-credit program, reintegration into their families and other forms of assistance. Nine currently receive scholarship assistance. Once a month, our HIV+ children meet in a support group with clinic staff to update basic health information, cook together and focus on a theme related to living responsibly with HIV. In 2011, the clinic will continue extending yearly health exams to employees and external students at our school. AGRICULTURE On our farm, we completed construction of a new pigpen. With the growth of our farm’s pig population, we were able to provide 100 percent of the pork needed in our kitchen during the 2010 year. In November, thanks to a generous donation, we also received 10 new goats for our farm. With these goats, we will now be able to produce our own milk in-house.
THANK YOU None of this year’s accomplishments would have been possible without the help of our supporters around the world. We would like to especially thank Christine and Helmut Davids, who spent nearly 20 years volunteering. Their fundraising efforts within Germany have provided invaluable support particularly to our vocational workshops and Montessori kindergarten program this year. We must also thank Günther Thiermann, who during his visits trains our local bakery staff and students, and while at home in Germany, raises funds that allow us to maintain equipment and continue training. Thank you, as well, to all visitor groups and supporters who come to the home yearround to assist in short-term construction tasks and other projects. Even the smallest of contributions add up in the lives of our children. NPH Guatemala 2010 23
Dear Friends and Family: When people visit our home, they are surprised to see our children healthy, happy and well-educated. We realize the blessing that our work has done and are proud to be part of that difference for our home and our country. It has been a good year, though we are still dealing with the world economic situation. We are working with programs to help us with our budget while maintaining the same quality of services for our children. NPH El Salvador celebrated its 11th anniversary in serving children in need, giving them love, support and education. I thank God and Fr. Wasson for letting me share it with my wife, family, employees and, most importantly, more than 400 children. This year, we participated in a local competition where we were blessed to win the first place prize of $100,000, which we used to build a computer lab in our school. Unfortunately, we also faced great difficulties this year. Manuel, an 18-year-old pequeño, has had a rough time throughout the past two years, suffering from a variety of illnesses, including dengue fever, septic shock and repeated cases of pneumonia. He has been in and out of the hospital for the last two years. We are trying our best to make him comfortable and provide him with the best medical care possible. Thanks to the many donors and sponsors around the world that are helping us, we are able to continue helping him.
The Salvadoran government this year implemented a new law called “Ley Lepina.” The purpose of the law is to search for parents or relatives of abandoned children. This complicates our work because many of our children come from physically and emotionally abusive backgrounds. Our social workers are the bridge between our home, the birth families and the government, and they are working diligently in doing what is best for the future of the children who are with us. Like most Central American countries, we are living in violent and insecure times. We will not allow our children to live with relatives if their essential needs are not met because they can easily make wrong choices just to have food or money. We will continue offering what we can in the best way possible. We cannot predict the future, but we must continue to guide our children and young adults toward reaching their dreams, dreams full of hope that are guided by their own abilities and talents. I want to thank you, as always, for your help, dedication, support, love and prayers. Let’s keep the faith for our children! God bless you. Olegario Campos National Director, NPH El Salvador
EDUCATION This year, we were able to open our remaining workshop, the welding workshop, which was a big advancement for our home. Our children have been able to expand their knowledge and learn a useful life skill. It is amazing to see the beautiful handicrafts that they create with their teacher’s help. Thanks to the support of our godparents and sponsors, we now have 36 boys and girls studying at the university, majoring in languages, accounting, architecture, International marketing, psychology, engineering, sociology and education. The rise in university costs are one of our greatest challenges, but
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Graduates High School: 12 Secondary: 18 Primary: 41 Kindergarten: 8 Workshop students: 98 University students: 36 Year of Service: 68 Baptisms: 18 Confirmations: 18
We have one youth who is on her way to being the first university graduate from NPH El Salvador. Currently in her fourth year of accounting, Digna is a great example of perseverance, responsibility and desire to overcome any difficulty.
AGRICULTURE This year, with the help of our youths in their year of service, our employees and the national government’s support, we sowed approximately 20 hectares of seed corn, which will be used to cover our needs for a year. We will also have a rice crop for three months, which will help our home tremendously. We are also starting the production of tomatoes, green peppers, manioc, cucumbers, guayaba, pineapple, papaya and plantain, which we hope will help us be selfsustainable.
We continue working hand-in-hand with our youths in their year of service and our university students in our two leadership programs, Grupo de Lideres and Grupo de Apoyo Universitario. It is a blessing to count on their help and support in the home, development and realization of activities within the house, as well as their support in taking on responsibility. They are preparing themselves to be the future leaders of NPH.
HOME LIFE This year, we had the pleasure of hosting the fourth annual NPH International Soccer Tournament. We had a wonderful week filled with joy and happiness, as our children learned firsthand the true meaning of brotherhood. The Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador homes participated in the four-day tournament. The women´s team from Mexico and the men´s team from El Salvador each won first place.
it is essential to now have a degree in order to find employment. The average monthly expenses are $260, per student, not including tuition which can range to an additional $45-$100 monthly.
Boys and girls from our homes prepared handicrafts to sell to our visitors as well as the public within El Salvador. Our children discovered a new way to spend their time productively and how to develop a small business. At Casa Santa Maria, our girls made Christmas decorations, cards, bags, purses, etc. The boys of Casa San Jose painted the entire house, helping to brighten the atmosphere. Our children also made backpacks for the boys and girls who came to visit us for the tournament. At our workshops, they also made candle holders, shovels and small wood houses. Our clinic is open to the community three times weekly and in 2010 we attended to 287 patients. As our family continues to grow, our general dining room is now too crowded. We are hoping to build an expansion that will amplify the building. Other future projects are constructing a roof for the basketball courts and to build new dormitories.
THANK YOU We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to our amazing and resourceful fundraising offices for all their work during this year. It is so gratifying to see the active response that we have from our new and continued donors, sponsors, godparents and offices; without you, our work and labor of love would not be possible. We want to thank the European offices for their continuous support with our projects, especially for our beloved Manuel de Jesus, who has been fighting an illness for more than a year. He still needs special medical care that we can now provide, thanks to help from the European offices and all our sponsors. Thank you to the local government, which supported us this past year, providing the agricultural program that enabled us to produce seed corn for one year and start vegetable gardens, helping us work toward our goal of becoming more self-sufficient. Thanks to their godparents, our children not only receive food and security, they also receive the love they need, which helps them through rough times. We are very happy to work with each godparent and are so thankful for their presence in each child´s life. NPH El Salvador 2010 25
dominican republic As I look back at our accomplishments this year, I see within them many moments of joy and laughter. I see proud smiles exchanged between children, and I see confidence that lifts up their chins so that their eyes may focus more clearly on their dreams. These moments motivate any proud parent, and they are what carry us forward in providing a loving family and raising responsible, respectful, educated young Dominicans. To say that 2010 has been a challenging year in the Dominican Republic would be an understatement. We suffered with our brothers in sisters in Haiti as they endured challenge after challenge but still managed to come back around, smiling. We admired the extraordinary strength of our Haitian family and felt grateful for the speed in which volunteers and donors dropped everything to help us provide relief to Haiti. Our home became a middle point for receiving medical supplies, food, clothing and other goods sent from our fundraising offices and local donors. At least three times a week, trucks and buses loaded with supplies and volunteers travelled to St. Damien Hospital in Haiti. We also went through the dreadful loss of two of our younger family members, Raquela and Alberto. It has been said that every ending is a new beginning. This was truly reflected in 13-year-old Yudelkis, who, through no small miracle, survived dangerous heart surgery. Our family rejoiced when Yudelkis returned home from Spain, and we thank everyone involved in giving her the gift of life. We are also grateful for our new project: providing housing and support for St. Damienâ€™s Pediatric Hospital cancer patients who need chemotherapy in the Dominican Republic. It has been more than a blessing to get to know these children and their families, and we look forward to the opportunity to help more patients in the future, and we thank Mary Sue and Vern Conaway for their commitment to this project.
Throughout the year, we have been looking for new ways to improve the education of our children. Teachers took part in workshops, and students worked diligently. The results of their efforts are seen in the 100 percent pass rate in our first in-school state exams for our eighth grade students. I am not fooled into thinking that we have reached our goalâ€”a lot of work still has to be done to provide our children with the best education possible, but with some changes in staff and an influx of dedicated volunteers this year, we hope for similar results in 2011. These difficult times encouraged us to come together and welcome each and every child as part of a loving family. This year we accepted 18 new children, and we plan on continuing to accept each child that needs our love and guidance in the New Year. These opportunities are only made possible due to the support of our sponsors and friends, to whom we give eternal thanks for allowing our children to grow throughout the years. We also thank our beloved Father Wasson for guiding us from above; may we hold his values high each day. Kieran Rigney National Director, NPH Dominican Republic
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Graduates Secondary: 12 Primary: 15 Kindergarten:7 Year of Service Youths: 1 External students: 43 Volunteers: 10 Baptisms: 78 Confirmations: 17 First Communion: 68
HOME LIFE For the first time in our home’s history, a group of older youths worked as interns at local businesses in San Pedro de Macoris. The teenagers worked in various businesses throughout the summer, including a pharmacy, a mechanic’s shop, a hardware store and a sewing factory. The group of 10 adolescents started to develop an understanding of the process of making money and gained valuable work experience. The majority of the children were so well liked by their employers that they were asked to come back next year. Each weekend, Merengue music is heard coming from the children’s homes, where they can be found practicing their dance routines. A group of older children focus their dance talent in the Dominican Folklore group. These children are dedicated to practicing their native dance each week and have showcased at many visitors’ days, town parades and in a national cultural show. These 26 children were born with a passion for music and dance and are a pleasure to watch. We have seen some impressive work throughout the past year from the group of 11 adolescents who make up the leadership group. They organized outreach projects with community members, ran summer programs and assisted with the Haiti earthquake relief effort. This year, the Birth Certificate Program worked with extended family members and local governmental agencies to produce birth certificates and civil registration for those children who lack proper paperwork. Without a birth certificate or civil registration, Dominican children have difficulties continuing their education beyond NPH’s primary school and finding legal work once they leave the home. Thanks to the generosity of the Krafft family, we have been able to make much needed progress in obtaining birth certificates for our children.
Thanks to J&J’s Kids, the new volunteer house, Casa San Carlos, was inaugurated in early January and now serves as the home for 16 short-term and long-term international volunteers. In September, the construction of the “Colmado,” or mini market, was complete. This new project encourages children to practice good behavior through receiving points to “buy” treats at the end of each week. The agriculture department has continued to look for ways to most efficiently produce goods to meet the needs of our children. In October, a part-time agronomist began to manage the improvement of the agriculture department. The First Lady’s Program of the Dominican Republic generously organized a study of the greenhouse and also held nutrition, organic agriculture and greenhouse classes. In May, we welcomed our youngest pequeño, Saúl, then just three weeks, who was abandoned at the hospital. Saul arrived extremely malnourished, but throughout recent months, he has grown into a very healthy baby. This year, 18 new children entered our home and are now part of a family where they receive an abundance of love and attention. This year, we welcomed more than 100 exceptional Canadian volunteers who accomplished a lot of work and were able to finance the construction of porch roofs for six of the children’s houses. NPH Dominican Republic is also proud to announce the addition of a storage warehouse for donations, thanks to Friends of the Orphans Canada and Cardinal Health. In 2011, we look forward to welcoming a group of more than 145 Canadian volunteers. One of the groups will dedicate two weeks to training the teachers in educational development. NPH Dominican Republic 2010 27
Our new clinic team includes a doctor, a dentist and a full-time psychologist, who held workshops throughout the year to educate staff, volunteers and children. The clinic is grateful to have its first speech therapist alongside a group of qualified occupational and physical therapist volunteers. This year, the outreach program developed an arts and crafts project with the nearby Batey Nuevo (local village). Community members who were previously unemployed learned to make mosaics, jewelry, metalwork and pottery. As an addition to the 11 adults attending class in the Batey School, 14 advanced students have tuition fees covered and are provided with transportation to finish the eighth grade qualification at night school in San Pedro de Macoris. A basketball court was built by our Canadian volunteers for the community of the nearby batey Monte Criste. Repairs to community housing were also made, and the provision of
medicine, food and clothing to bateys most at need was a continuous project throughout 2010. FUTURE Plans During medical operatives in the home, children and adults from the nearby bateys are often left in need of further medical attention but do not have the economic means for follow-up care. The outreach program hopes to provide additional medical aid for patients treated in NPH medical brigades. Classes on medical awareness are also planned for the Batey Nuevo school. NPH will continue to look for funds to support our local community. Some of the construction projects that are planned for 2011 include the following: - Construction of a home for special needs children - Completion of the second floor of the volunteer house, which will serve as the visitors’ house - Completing the second floor of the school - Construction of three more houses for our children
We are grateful for many generous donors who helped us as we took part in the relief effort after the earthquake in Haiti. Iveco Italy donated five trucks for the transportation of supplies and volunteers. Hungarian Interchurch Aid’s helped the Fr. Wasson Angels of Light program. Besides donating to relief in Haiti, Banco Progresso also donated flights to Spain for 13-year-old pequeña Yudelkis and her chaperone. Thanks to Fundacion Quiron, Yudelkis received a life-changing heart surgery. The home is eternally grateful to Heart Surgeon Dr. José María Caralps, Dr. Roger Mercadé Sales, Gloria Canals Sans and NPH Spain for giving Yudlekis another chance at life. We would also like to thank NPH Spain for nine new computers for our children’s use in the computer lab. We thank the Italian office for its donation of a pasta machine and for sending us Mario Deffendi, who volunteered his time to teach children and staff how to operate it. We are also very excited about NPH Italy’s collaboration with Alpitours Italy on the construction of a new children’s home. We are grateful to be able to count on the continued support from CESPM and for its generous donation of electricity for the entire home. We also owe very special thanks to Cesar Iglesias company for its donation of our food supply. We thank Friends Canada and J&J’s Kids, which have helped us in moving forward with many important projects this year, including construction, outreach support and a two-week medical brigade. NPH Dominican Republic would like to acknowledge and thank each one of our supporters for their amazing efforts in helping our children. The support that has been shown to us encourages us to continue moving forward so that our children may achieve their dreams. 28 NPHI 2010 Dominican Republic
Dear Friends, I want to personally thank all our donors abroad and locally who have supported us so much during the course of the year to give our children the best possible care. Special thanks go to all of our Canadian friends who helped us during the Peruvian summer with the construction of two additional homes for our growing family. We see their enthusiasm and energy every time they visit and have received them with open arms during the past two years. We all hope that with their generous help, we are able to make the much needed move to the new site in 2011, which will be much closer to so many things here in Cañete, such as better schools, hospitals, courts, fruit and vegetable markets and better access to transportation for our employees. This year was also marked by many visits, which included a group of teenagers from the United States led by a former volunteer from NPH Honduras. Other visitors included a number of godparents of the children and several other student groups from the U.S. These groups organized many activities involving our teenagers, including working at the new
construction site and running activities and games at the home for the little ones. We also sent our Social Worker and House Director to a workshop in Honduras in order to better our work with the children. Additionally, two of our adolescents were able to participate in the first-ever leadership workshop for NPH children. Their experiences were very rewarding because they got to know so many young people from the other homes. I also want to thank the volunteers who helped us during the course of this year for their time and the sacrifices they have made with their commitment to help our children. Finally, I want to let you that we ended another year full of events that highlighted the progress that our children made thanks to your support, care and dedication. All the best, Alfredo Hernandez National Director, NPH Peru
Home Life While we are busily constructing our new and permanent home in San Vicente de Cañete, we are currently living in rented accommodations in the remote, but beautiful, village of Lunahuaná. The new location will put us closer to better educational institutions and a whole host of educational, cultural and funding opportunities in Peru’s capital, Lima. Meanwhile, we have been achieving great things in what we hope is our last year living in our temporary home. At the very end of 2009, we welcomed a new House Director to our home, Catalina Cárdenas, a former pequeña from NPH Mexico. Catalina joined our family to organize and coordinate the staff and activities in the home and help us ensure better overall care for our children. Catalina also worked closely with our Youth Leadership Group, putting the fifteen 14- to 19-year-olds in charge of organizing special events in the home. Two of our young leaders, Mayra and Alcides, will travel to Nicaragua to participate in the NPHI Youth Leadership conference. Events in the home included a special week of Easter celebrations, a party for NPH Peru´s sixth anniversary and a variety of special events throughout the year organized by the children themselves. We celebrated the life and work of Padre Wasson with a special mass and a commemorative dinner. We also held baptisms for 20 children and confirmations for another 10 at our local church in Lunahuaná.
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Graduates High School: 3 Year of Service Youths: 3 Volunteers: 3 Baptisms: 20 Confirmations: 10
In 2010 we saw our first three youths complete their Year of Service. We have all proudly watched Ahias, Rufino and Walter grow in confidence during this year, as they have worked in the kitchen, office and as caregivers. The three are keen to attend university; to prepare, the three will attend an intensive preparatory course before taking the entrance exam in the middle of 2011.
Hong Kong, brought with them a range of skills and worked extensively to diagnose and begin to resolve specific learning delays in our one- to five-year-olds. This year, we also started a small journalism group; the children involved write about their lives and events in the home to create a magazine every three months. Next year we will welcome new volunteers working in the clinic and therapy programs.
The past year, we also celebrated the graduation of three more children: Alcides, Benito and Mayra have now finished their high school studies and will begin their year of service in January 2011.
In our clinic, we implemented vast improvements in the healthcare of our children, working closely with NPHI to ensure that NPH Peru achieves the highest standards of health. We increased the number of health tests that we run for new arrivals to the home and all of our children are up-to-date with the vaccination requirements. This year, we welcomed a group of volunteer dentists to the home who assessed the dental situation of our children. In November, we welcomed a part-time doctor to our team; the pediatric specialist will help with our aim to provide a higher quality of healthcare to our children. The Social Work department also worked on obtaining missing documentation for almost all of our children and improved our communication with the courts.
This year, we have seen enormous growth in our therapy programs. Our psychologist completed a psychological evaluation of every child, including one-on-one therapy with 28 children. Workshops were complemented by two visits of NPHI Family Services, in which the staff received further training and advice. Two volunteers ran a program of therapies, including occupational, language and behavioral therapies. The volunteers, from Spain and
CONSTRUCTION As we move into 2011, we near the completion of the first phase of our ambitious construction project. During 2010, we built two more homes, a water tower, elevated tank and cistern, and by early 2011, we should finish water, sewage and electricity networks, as well as two more homes. The completion of this phase will ensure that we can move in to our new home early in 2011. Needless to say, our children and staff are all extremely excited! THANK YOU We want to extend a warm thank you to our many supporters who have helped us through yet another successful year. Particularly, we would like to thank our Canadian sponsors for their continued and committed work fundraising and laboring at our construction site. Their visits helped us construct the foundations for two new homes, which we completed with the money they generously raised for the project. We are also grateful for their in-kind donation of clothing and school materials. We look forward to welcoming six Canadian groups during the summer of 2011. We would also like to thank Rotary Group Lima Sunrise, which offered free dental care for all of our children and donated water filters to the home that eradicated our need to buy treated water. Thank you to those who sponsor our children as godparents, particularly those who were able to visit the home this year. Your visits had a great impact on our children. Finally, thank you to all of the donors around the world who have continued to support our work here in Peru; our children are very aware of the work you do and really appreciate the contribution you make to their lives. Without you, all our work is impossible. 30 NPH Peru 2010
Dear Friends and Donors, The 2010 year started with changes here in our home and continued with many challenges throughout the year. The first major change was my arrival as the new National Director in February. All welcomed me and my family with affection and warmth, making us feel at home right away. We did however feel the continued world economic crisis, frequent road blocks affecting weekly shopping and the transportation of our children to school, price increases, shortage of food and fuel, and struggling with the construction of the two houses, have been some of our most challenging experiences this year. Positive thinking has positive results. Our family is growing in a happy, healthy and caring environment, coming closer together every year and learning more about teamwork. We worked together to find new and creative ways to be more efficient, learned how to save and continue searching for better prices and are making our children, youth and caregivers aware that the more you care about what you have, the longer it lasts. Our biggest blessing this year was the re-opening of our doors to more children in need. Our family now consists of 86 children and youth. Since May, we have received 17 children into our family. Our last two new additions are Juan and Jose Luis. After running away from home because they were scared of their father punishing them for being falsely accused of stealing, they came to us looking to be part of our family.
They came from a very difficult and disturbing family, where they barely had anything to eat and did not attend school. Laws in Bolivia prevent any home to take in children directly; all cases must be seen and analyzed by local government authority who then decide if children should be admitted. Violating this law could cause the closure of our home. The day after the children arrived, we reported the case to the authorities; the children, in the meantime, decided to not go back home and stayed on their own in the countryside, alone, cold and hungry. When we didn’t hear back from the authorities we went again to get information on their status. Luckily, they granted us permission to be the temporary home for these two children. While we wait for them to be officially in our custody, Juan and Jose Luis have happily. We also hope to bring their three younger siblings, who are currently with their father. Of course, none of this would be possible without the immense support throughout the years of the fundraising offices, friends, donors and sponsors. It is with your generosity and hard work that we are able to give these children their right to a healthy, caring childhood. To our fundraisers, we extend a heartfelt thank you from the NPH Bolivia family. God bless you! José Luís Guzmán National Director, NPH Bolivia
Home Life This year, NPH Bolivia celebrated its 5th anniversary, and as a present God blessed us with new additions to our family only a month after the anniversary. We have been able to open our doors again to new arrivals, thanks to the coordinated efforts of the WereldOuders’ team and the Eureka Achmea Foundation of Holland, which helped construct two new houses. Our child population has increased from 69 children to 86. Seventeen new children inaugurated our new houses, which were blessed on a special event celebration by Father Phil Cleary, President of NPH International.
new arrivals in 2010
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Graduates Primary: 8 Kindergarten: 4 Year of Service Youths: 4 Volunteers: 5 Confirmations: 6
Our home has worked hard to get technology to the deserted area in which we are based. It was imperative this year that we improve our Internet connection so that our administration team and volunteers are able to do their jobs. An internal server was installed, and we are about to finish the installation of two antennas that will give us a much faster Internet connection.
dryer and dryer, helping greatly during the rainy and cold season. Thanks to the time and work of the NPH Bolivia Board, we have been able to advance on our work of local fundraising, achieving donations such as 18,000 bricks and 30,000 tiles from Ceramica Norte, a local brick and tile company, for future construction at our home. We also received a variety of farm animals to add to our family.
We have continuously been working throughout the year with our children on the values of respect, work, responsibility, love and service, specifically emphasizing the sense of belonging. A new local Family Services team was re-activated in July and has intensified its dedication to the most important part of NPH, our children. Our psychologist is the head of the team, and she works together with the doctor, education coordinator, house coordinator, national director and social worker. The psychologist worked to improve the care we give our children through staff and child workshops and trainings.
After their graduation at the end of last year, three of our youths joined Wilma in their Year of Service program. Alenia, Wilma and Jhonny have been working as caregivers, setting a great example for our younger children. Rodrigo has been working in the maintenance department, where he has shown to have some great abilities.
Throughout the second semester of this year, the Family Services team implemented workshops on topics such as sexuality, abuse, hygiene, vocational counseling, values, stress, etc. The coordinator has big plans for the coming year, including camps for the children, more workshops and new leadership programs. The project for a Laundry Service for all houses is almost complete, thanks to the ongoing hard work from fundraising offices across the United States and Europe and all our generous donors. The launderette consists of an industrial-size washing machine, spin-
NPH Bolivia received three new volunteers this year, a sponsorship/ volunteer coordinator, as well as helping with our two special education cases, a project coordinator and a caregiver. In August, a visit from the German office brought a very special project: a cameraman from a German Catholic TV channel came to film our home, children and everyday activities. The result was a beautiful documentary, called Children of the Sun, which aired in Germany. One of our biggest and most urgent necessities is a new mini-bus. In order to transport all our children to school during the week and church on Sundays to Portachuelo, a town 30 minutes away from our home. We hope to continue strengthening our relations with our local donors and to gain new contacts to keep receiving local donations throughout 2011. We will continue to work with our local board, hoping it will count as a budget relief during this economic crisis.
FUTURE PLANS Our plan for 2011 is to continue working on new construction projects in order to allow for even more additions to our family. We still have space in the new houses for more children. We also want to build two more houses and the first phase of administration offices, which will be used as a clinic. With the approval of NPHI and the German office, we will use leftover funds from our 2009 construction project to build the National Directorâ€™s house. We would also like to initiate a orchard project that will help reforest our land with fruit trees; these will not only help with self-sufficiency in our diet, but they will also shade areas where our kids play and enjoy free time. 32 NPH Bolivia 2010
2010 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 from low-income households that attend NPH schools Children living with family who receive academic scholarships NPH university graduates NPH youths that passed vocational certification
NPH child surgeries 56
Local job creation and contract work 3,000 NPH staff and youths that received 1,000 childcare and leadership training
291 2,535 151 25 252
Family-style homes built in Nicaragua, 11 Peru and Bolivia Children that celebrated special sacraments 606 (Baptism, Confirmation, First Communion) *Includes Haiti earthquake relief response and NPFS affiliate, St. Luke Foundation programs.
Haiti / Opened: 1988 Children living in home: 746 Total child population: 3,767
2010 Home Highlights
Earthquake relief, medical and education programs served over one million people, including the new initiatives of treating cholera, maternity, neonatology, prosthetics and attending to adults. Two new facilities opened for displaced and vulnerable children.
Mexico / Opened: 1954
Dominican Republic Opened: 2003
Children living in home: 720, Total child population: 822
Satellite home in Matamoros grew to 39 children. Monterrey home had 18 university graduates.
Children living in home: 209 Total child population: 252
Construction of porch roofs and donation warehouse was completed. Home became logistic center for Haiti donations/ volunteers and provided housing and support for St. Damien’s cancer patients.
Guatemala / Opened: 1996 Children living in home: 334, Total child population: 439
105 children from low-income families attend the on-site school. New cooking workshop and internship program are new additions to curriculum. El Salvador / Opened: 1999 Children living in home: 415
New computer lab was constructed and a welding workshop implemented. 36 youths are enrolled in university. Honduras / Opened: 1986 Children living in home: 475, Total child population: 607
The Holy Family Surgery Center received full licensing to be a medical center. Four university students graduated. Nicaragua / Opened: 1994 Children living in home: 256, Total child population: 373
The home permanently relocated to the new property in Jinotepe on the mainland. Seven more homes, kitchen, dining hall and primary school, were completed.
Peru / Opened: 2004 Children living in home: 68
Two family-style homes, water tower, elevated tank and cistern were completed at the permanent home site in Cañete. The first three youths completed their year of service and are preparing for university. Bolivia / Opened: 2005 Children living in home: 86
Two family-style homes were completed allowing room for intake of 17 new children. Donation of building materials was secured to help further construction.
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