Currently, there are over 3,300 children and youths living permanently in NPH homes. An additional 2,200 children and youths receive educational scholarships and family assistance. The number of children constantly fluctuates as new children arrive and older children leave as they reach adulthood. In total, over 17,500 children have been raised in the NPH family.
Mexico - Our homes in Mexico are located in four distinct areas with the majority of the children living in Miacatlán, 70 miles south of Mexico City. High school students attend school and live in Cuernavaca. University students live in Monterrey or Mexico City. Across the border from Brownsville, Texas, is the newest NPH Mexico home located in Matamoros.
Honduras - Rancho Santa Fe is located 22 miles northeast of the capital Tegucigalpa in La Venta. High school and university student homes are located throughout the capital along with our special needs childrens' home.
Haiti - The St. Helene home is 25 miles south of Port-au-Prince located in the mountain town of Kenscoff. The St. Damien pediatric hospital, public health, special needs program, Fr. Wasson Angels of Light homes and school are located in Tabarre in Port-au-Prince. Home administration and Kay Elaine are located in Pétionville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince.
Nicaragua - Casa Padre Wasson, the main home in Jinotope is 27 miles southwest of the capital Managua. NPH also owns farmland and operates a special needs center on Ometepe Island on Lake Nicaragua. A retreat house and additional housing are located in San Jorge and in Managua for university students.
Guatemala - Casa San Andres is located 30 miles west of Guatemala City in the town of Parramos.
El Salvador - The Casa Sagrada Familia home is 54 miles northwest of San Salvador, in the town of Texistepeque. University students live and study in the city of Santa Ana.
Dominican Republic - Located in San Pedro de Macoris, 46 miles east of the capital of Santo Domingo, resides the Santa Ana home.
Peru - Casa Santa Rosa is located in San Vicente de Cañete, a coastal town, 98 miles south of Lima.
Bolivia - Our newest home, Casa Padre Wasson is located in San Ignacio de Sara, 60 miles northwest of the city of Santa Cruz.
Children at NPH homes are not available for adoption. Instead they are welcomed with their brothers and sisters and become a part of the larger, stable NPH family environment that gives them a chance to focus on education and personal growth, knowing that a loving support system will always be in place for them. Many children arrive with several brothers and sisters; it is our priority to keep families together. The children grow and learn in their culture and language and become contributing citizens in their own countries.
Priority is given to orphaned and abandoned children, who do not seem to have the option of reintegrating into their birth family and who do not have relatives that can provide them with long-term care. Also vulnerable and displaced children are part of our family, especially in our Haiti homes.
Most of our children that have family do have contact. We have three to four planned visitor days for all the family members and friends of the children, who are able to visit them. Unfortunately most families live far away and often cannot afford bus fare or are unable to take multiple days off of work, without earning money. Often we support poor families financially and reimburse their travel costs. For the children and youths that do not have visitors, we organise a special event separate from the onsite visitor day event to ease their sadness.
There is no fixed age at which children leave NPH. Children can grow within the NPH family until they are mature enough to lead independent lives. NPH encourages all children to pursue their education to the highest possible level, whether it be graduating high school or receiving their vocational certification. Others may stay to complete advanced vocational training or study at a university. Before going on to higher academics, each youth is expected to give back to their family by completing a year of service (año familiar). In almost all cases, they gladly return to work with younger children, serve in the kitchen, offices, school or farm. During their Family Service, they continue to be supported by NPH.
The NPH family tries to prevent premature departure by children as much as possible, to avoid feelings of insecurity and the sudden loss of friends, or brothers and sisters. Nevertheless, situations in which a decision to place a youth outside the NPH family has occurred and will occur in the future. As governmental influence in most of our countries increases, the majority of children leaving our family are due to reintegration into their biological family by juridical order, which often means going to live with relatives the children hardly know.
If you enjoy traveling and want to see how your support changes lives, we encourage you to visit a NPH home; tour the schools and other facilities and learn about our unique programs. Spend time with the boys and girls whose lives you help to transform with your support. Discover first-hand the effects that love, caring and acceptance have on children who once struggled to survive. Your life may never be the same. Many of our fundraising offices organise special donor and godparent trips to our homes. Please check first with your local fundraising office. If you would like to visit on your own, please notify your local office, so they can ensure the home is aware of your travel plans and give you a warm welcome.
Pequeño Tours feature the music and dance groups of the different NPH homes. Meet the children, see their singing and musical performances, hear their stories and find out how you can transform the lives of children in need! Contact your local fundraising office for more information.
Through our Child Sponsorship Program, an individual, family, class or group helps a child in two ways. First, by developing a relationship that will strengthen the child’s self-esteem, while assuring the child that someone considers him or her very special and unique; and second, by providing ongoing financial support for the care of all of the children. As a sponsor, you will receive a photo of your Godchild, a welcome letter from NPH, an annual school progress report and personal letters from your child. Click here for more information on sponsoring a child.
NPH is nondenominational. However, our homes are located in countries that are predominately Catholic, so most of the children receive Catholic religious instruction. If a child is of a different faith, he/she is given the assistance to continue that faith.
Your sponsorship gift goes to the home where your Godchild lives. Your financial support enables the home to provide food, clothing, shelter, health care, an education and other provisions to all NPH children, while giving you the unique opportunity to develop a special relationship with your Godchild.
The children write back to their Godparents in scheduled classroom events every month. Postal services in the Latin American countries are sometimes very slow and it can take up to two weeks before a letter arrives. It may take one to three months before you receive an answer.
You will receive mail from your child at Christmastime and for Godparent's Day including a new yearly photograph and progress report. In addition, every letter, gift or card you send is always answered.
No. When children leave they receive financial assistance to help them get started in their new life, but they are no longer in NPH's care and we are unable to forward correspondence. We encourage Godparents to sponsor another child in need.
A child needs love and encouragement every day of his or her life. By sponsoring a child, you will become a padrino or madrina (“Godfather” or “Godmother”) providing consistent guidance and support to an orphaned or abandoned child who no longer has parents available to fill this vital role. Whether a child is in primary, secondary, high school, trade school, university or fulfilling his or her family service, he or she is still supported by the NPH family. As a member of this family, the more you involve yourself in your Godchild's life, the more your own life will be enriched in return. Sponsors are encouraged to continue their sponsorship as long as they are able.
Godparents are always welcome to visit their Godchildren! If you would like to visit your Godchild, please contact your local fundraising office, which will notify the home of your plans. If you visit your Godchild you may take a gift. However, we request that the gift is one that may be shared by all of the children, such as a board game, jigsaw puzzle, or book.
Small gifts such as stickers, drawings, photos and cards may be sent to your Godchild through you local fundraising office. Please make sure whatever you send is flat and fits into a 7” X 10” envelope. Packages are subject to high import taxes and may be confiscated. We encourage Godparents to provide their Godchildren with the greatest gift of all – love!
Sponsors may make a monetary gift in the name of a child which will be placed in the Sharing Fund. This money is used to give each child a personal gift on their birthday and at Christmas. NPH also uses money from this fund to pay for fun and recreational activities, such as excursions to the zoo or the circus, or to buy ice cream or treats for all the children.
Yes! The children eagerly await any correspondence from their Godparents. We strongly encourage letter writing as it helps create a special loving relationship. Even short notes will elicit a smile from your Godchild.
To send a card or letter, simply place it in an unsealed envelope and mark it with your child's full name, your child's country and your name (please do not include your address). Then place the unsealed envelope and its contents into another envelope and mail it to your local fundraising office coordinating your correspondence. NOTE: Be sure your letter or card will fit into a 7×10-inch mailing envelope.
We will have your message translated if necessary, before sending it on to the NPH home of your Godchild. Please allow 10-16 weeks for return correspondence from your Godchild.
Please do not attempt to send any correspondence directly to your Godchild. The NPH homes cannot accept any mail or gifts directly from sponsors, nor will they be able to return them to you. NPH homes are unable to accept e-mail from sponsors. The NPH homes have limited e-mail access and the children do not have consistent access to the Internet.
If you wish to write your letters in the language that your godchild uses, feel free to do so. The children in Mexico and Central America speak Spanish and the children in Haiti speak Creole or French.
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