T e x t s a n d p h oto g r a p h s F r e n c k va n O r s o u w , h o m e c o r r e s p o n d e n t ( h c . p e @ n p h . o r g ) V I S I T O U R W E B S I T E W W W. NPH . ORG
Dear Friends, I am proud to present the first issue of our newsletter. Every three months we will inform you about activities in our home. We will share with you our daily efforts and the great support we get from both local people and oversees benefactors. Last year brought many challenges to our team. We moved a thousand kilometers to our new rented place in Lunahuaná, three hours south of the capital Lima. This move brought many improvements in the living situation of our children. They now have more space to live, study and recreate. And the climate is lovely.
Design Jelle Hoogendam (Maters & Hermsen, The Netherlands)
This year we plan to set in motion the construction on our own property in nearby San Vicente de Cañete, so that we will soon have a place of our own. In our present home we also hope to receive more children, because there are still many Peruvian orphans that we can offer a warm family environment and opportunities for the future. Thank you all and may God bless you,
Alfredo Hernandez National Director
Spanish visitors Ladislao Ampudia and Marta Quesada explore the books with our children.
A Place to Read
On January the 11th our brand new library was opened. It took a few months to repair the roof and the floor, make the furniture, buy the books and install the computers, but that is all done. The children have a great time using it!
reviously, our children only had a small room with a few books to do their homework and conduct investigations. They did not have any computers. That changed earlier this month, when our brand new library was inaugurated by Father José Maria of our Lunahuaná parish. We now have a fairly good stock of books (we can always use more of course!), including encyclopedias, atlases, dictionaries, general interest
books, stories and fairy tales. On top of that, we are proud to have four computers with all the necessary educational software. We are sure these will facilitate our children, both in primary and secondary school, to carry out their school assignments and investigations. Besides that, we hope the PC’s will improve our kids’ computer skills – much needed in nowadays IT-dominated society. The library was made possible through a donation of the NPH office in
the Netherlands. After we received their donation, we put it directly to good use: we repaired the roof and the floor of the building that used to be the reception of the hotel that we are renting; we had a carpenter make windows, doors and furniture; we painted the room, put up educational posters, and bought stacks of books and computer equipment. And it looks wonderful. Thanks Dutch benefactors!
A Busy Lady Beatriz (Betty) Lopez is not only our house director; she is also in-charge of all purchases and the sponsorship program. She grew up in NPH Mexico and studied in the States, where she met her future husband, now NPH Peru’s national director. In other words, Betty knows NPH like the back of her hand.
Why did you come to Peru?
“When Alfredo and I graduated from university, Father Wasson asked my husband to work for NPH and set up a new home. We started NPH Peru and that has been a great experience. In the beginning we all lived with the girls in one house, which we also used as our office, but when the boys came we rented a second house.”
What achievements make you proud?
“I am proud to see how much our children have learned not only at school, but also in their way of life and way of doing things. That’s the best you can achieve; that they study and take interest in it. The number of children we have may not be high, but the confidence they have is great and they look very happy.”
What do you do in NPH Peru and what challenges do you face?
“I run the sponsorship program, coordinate the weekly and monthly purchases, and I’m in charge of the boys’ and girls’ homes. That’s a great responsibility and
I’m trying to give the best of myself in all three. A big challenge that I have faced is trying to achieve that our staff follows Father Wasson’s philosophy with patience to proceed in their work and not give up. Another challenge is to build the children’s confidence in their new family, so that they feel happy with people who are complete strangers to them. At times that is difficult.”
How many years do you plan to stay in Peru?
“I think I’ll be with NPH for a couple of years to come. You know, I have grown quite fond of the children and our extended family. Moreover, with the upcoming construction it will be a great pleasure to have our own place after livingin rented homes all the time. The most important thing is that the children are feeling good and have sufficient space to play, study and live.”
“I am proud to see how much our children have learned not only at school, but also in their way of life and way of doing things” Beatriz (Betty) Lopez
Splashing in the Pool Who would deny an offer to spend a day by the pool? We surely didn’t! On December 18th we had a wonderful day out. Our children went to a nearby luxurious hotel and splashed about.
Cinthia’s smile says it all: she is having a great time swimming!
he occasion was the visit of the Kraffts, an American family that has been supporting NPH for over forty years! Head of the family, Frank J. Krafft, was the driving force behind setting up several European fundraising offices.
It was an honor to show the Kraffts around our home. They were impressed by the pleasant atmosphere and happy children they encountered. After the home visit Mr. Krafft treated us to a special outing. As it was a Tuesday, our children should normally have to go
to school. However, we asked the principal to grant our 27 pupils a one-off permission to be absent and luckily he agreed. We went to a hotel nearby, which has a lovely pool and garden. All our children splashed in the clear blue
water, played soccer and racquetball, and enjoyed themselves tremendously. The Krafft family also brought soccer shoes for the boys, tennis shoes for the girls and clothes for all the children, for which we are very grateful!
Cleaning our Church New Volunteers The New Year was only two hours old when they arrived at Lima airport: Maja Kühn and Birte Keller, two young volunteers from Berlin, Germany. Maja will work at NPH Peru in the combined job of sponsorship coordinator and librarian, and Birte will join the team of caregivers (tías) that takes care of our girls. As both have worked for a year in a Spanish-speaking country, their language skills are excellent. They have no NPH experience, however, so their stay will be a whole new experience. We wish them all the best!
The earthquake of August 2007 had severely damaged our parish church in Lunahuaná and it was not used for months, as the parish priest Padre Julio wanted to be sure that the churchgoers would not be in danger inside the building. In December he decided to open up again and
asked NPH Peru to give his church a thorough cleaning. And that is what we did! On Saturday December 22nd we removed rubble and layers of dust, cleaned the saints’ statues and mopped the floor. In the Christmas Eve Mass the church was spic and span!
Left to right: Elvis, tía Julia and Agustina at work.
“After graduation I want to help my village” Ahias has come a long way since joining us. He has big plans for the future.
Ahias was born in a small
settlement in the Amazon forest and belongs to the Aguaruna, an indigenous group with some 33,000 native speakers. Aguaruna was his first language and that is why he spoke little Spanish when he arrived at our home. Ahias’ mother passed away in 2000 and his father became very ill after this severe blow. An uncle and aunt took up the care for Ahias and his siblings,
but they lacked the funds to continue that. In March 2005 Ahias came to NPH: “When I arrived I missed my family a lot, was feeling sick and I often cried. Who would take care of my little brothers when I wasn’t with them? I had to get used to the cold mountain climate and the food, which was very different from what I was used to. But after a week I felt better, and I was glad when my sister and my cousin joined me some time later.
I like NPH a lot. The home is nice, and I like the way that the tíos are helping us. I love to play soccer and I was chosen captain of our NPH team. Whenever I have some time off, I play soccer with the others. In the future I’d like to study at a university and become a professional accountant, lawyer or doctor – one of these three. If I’m finished I want to return to Amazonas to help my family, my village and if possible the whole region!”
“Before NPH I hated school” Sarita used to roam the streets, but now she is a very studious girl.
was a very rebellious girl when she arrived at our home: she did not want to listen to what her caregivers told her, didn’t get along with the other girls and didn’t care about her studies. That has changed completely. Sarita’s stay in NPH has brought out the best in her.
“My mom died when I was seven. I hated school. As my dad went to work I roamed the streets, watching TV in shop windows. When I came to NPH I missed my family and longed for my puppy Bobby that I left behind. I often cried. Now I’m feeling happy. Sometimes I miss the food from my home
town; rice with duck was so delicious up there! In NPH I started to study and this year I go to fourth grade of primary school. I like school, especially reading and writing. When I grow up I want to be a primary school teacher myself. Because I know how important it is!”
news Photogallery In the months of January and February our children have their summer holidays. During this period we organize summer courses for them, ranging from taeboo to embroidery, computing, writing and painting. One of the courses is soccer: our youngest boy Carlos is trying hard to manage a header. He still needs some practice…
December was full of festivities and part of them were several piñatas, in which the children can smash a nicely decorated doll filled with sweets and grab as many sweets as they can when the piñata breaks. Anel and Hermelinda even brought a basket to collect their harvest of sweets! On December 8th we celebrated our third anniversary with a clown show, games, sports and a barbecue. Cinthia was crowned with a duck headdress to participate in a dancing competition.
In December, American photojournalist Anne Carson and her husband surprised us with a visit to our home. They brought a lot of presents for all our children: clothes, toys and food, for which we are very grateful! In January, Mrs. Carson added a generous financial donation for our library. With this money we can buy more books for our avid readers.
Our Children Photogallery As many as six of our 27 primary and secondary school students earned a “Diploma de Honor”. They got this award in recognition of their school results and their overall conduct. It goes without saying that Benito, Milagros, Ayita, Anita, Agustina and Anel are our pride and joy!
Graduation from primary school is not just the simple handing over of a diploma. It is accompanied by a festive celebration with a dinner and dance. And everybody dresses up! Our graduate Leticia gets a special curly hairdo to look ravishing at her celebration.
If we have visitors we often put on a show of traditional Peruvian dances, to share the rich cultural heritage of Peru. When the Krafft family visited us in December, we showed some typical examples. Franklin and tía Sonia performed together.
On January 16th, two Spanish representatives from airfreight companies Air France-KLM Cargo and ADF visited our home to personally hand over a large donation in kind, consisting of clothes, plush animals, games and toys. They had a great time playing with our kids. Our youngest girl, Maria-Elena is fascinated by the big colorful letter puzzle.
“Good Morning Grannie!”
met Peru’s directors, Betty and Alfredo, in 1995 when I joined Padre Wasson’s awesome NPH family. They were completing years of service in Nicaragua’s new NPH home before attending college in Miami, Florida. Betty and Alfredo are just like our own children and their daughter Naomi is our beloved granddaughter. When we arrived at NPH Peru at the beginning of December we brought seven bags filled with shoes, clothes, candy, toys, school supplies, and cake decorating equipment to celebrate Christmas in Peru. People always ask, “What do you do at NPH?” My Spanish is terrible. But I visit so every child will have a grand-
mother! I love these pequeños and they quickly learn to love me in return. Our room in the Peruvian NPH home was usually filled with children reading Spanish books and playing small keyboards. We sang Jingle Bells hundreds of times so everyone would know it in English. How I miss all those wonderful hugs and kisses, and trying to understand and speak more words in Spanish! It was wonderful when we were greeted in the dining room and around the grounds with “Buenos días, abuelita” (Good morning grannie) and great hugs. We were impressed with the students’ and their caregivers’ dedication to school assignments. It is impossible to compare NPH-Peru with other homes because of the small number of
children. However, because of this small number, it was so much easier to get to know the children and fall hopelessly in love with every single one of them. Apart from being with the children, I gave some cake decorating lessons. My husband Hap, el Abuelito (Grandpa), did some maintenance work, fixed two Christmas turkeys, and had a great time playing with the children. Muchas gracias to all the tías, tíos, volunteers, children, and especially Betty and Alfredo for our memorable Christmas in NPH Peru! Mary Beth and Hap Enderson Hampton, Virginia
Mary-Beth and Hap Enderson quickly established a bond with our children when they stayed at NPH-Peru.
“Our goal is to finish construction in six years” In October 2007 a first group of Canadian volunteers visited us to help start construction on our new property in San Vicente de Cañete. We asked Mike Markoff, President of Friends of the Orphans Canada, some questions. Why have you decided to support NPH-Peru?
“Well, for several reasons. Elsewhere we had to arrange our trips around the rainy season, but to Peru we can travel pretty much all year round. That is perfect for some of the people who have shown interest but due to work schedules could not participate. There are also some very exciting sightseeing opportunities which will help generate increased interest, like Machu Picchu. We also chose Peru because it is a safe place.”
What will be your commitment?
“We have committed to carry the construction project out to completion. We were able to finish the NPH Guatemala buildings in six years, so that is our goal for this project as well.”
How many people will come to help with construction?
“We are going to aggressively try to recruit as many people as possible. We have been compiling a database with previous participants and anyone who has shown interest. We are working on ways to communicate with them, so hopefully this will help to increase our numbers. In our busiest year in Guatemala we took over 250 participants and we hope to at least meet this number.”
Any other activities planned?
“We are planning for each group to have the opportunity to travel and see the sites. We will also take participants to see the home where the NPH children are currently staying.”
When exactly are you planning to come?
“We are planning to do another scouting trip the fall of 2008 to make sure that all the infrastructure that is needed is in place, and then we hope to start running back-to-back trips in the spring of 2009.”
What were the impressions of the first group?
“We took a group of sixteen volunteers down this past October and they worked very hard on building the surrounding wall as well as the bathrooms and kitchen. The camaraderie was instantaneous and the group really bonded. They managed to have a lot of fun and still get the necessary work done. The group came back with positive feedback and a desire to return, what more could you ask for!”
Dreams for 2008 This year, depending on available funds, we want to carry out the following building activities: to make all necessary preparations for the next visit of the Canadian volunteers; to install the electrical system on the property; to provide drinking water facilities; to install a sewerage system; to finalize the design of the family homes (each housing 16 children and two caregivers) and build two of them. Canadian volunteers at work on our new property
Published on Feb 29, 2012