Feed the Need-dlove
The Liem, Murphy and Spread DLove families have all come together this year to Feed the Need-dlove with NPH USA.
We are committed to raising $37,500 to help support the food budget for the NPH Mexico. Casa San Salvador, Miacatlán (main home) and Casa Buen Señor in Cuernavaca (home to the high school students) are the homes to almost 700 children ranging from ages 3 to 25 years.
NPH is committed to providing all the children nutritious meals four times each day. The first meal is served at 6:00 am, before the children go to school. This is a light meal, usually consisting of a cereal bar or cereal with milk served with bread, milk or tea. At 10:00 am the children eat a second breakfast, which could include eggs with ham or sausage, rice or tortilla and fruit. Their growing bodies and developing brains need a regular supply of food and a balanced diet. Lunch is the largest meal served right after school at 2:00 pm. Each day the cooks prepare a different meal. Every meal includes rice, pasta or potatoes as well as beans and vegetables. The day ends with a light meal around 7 pm. This usually is a vegetable soup, pan bola (a roll made at the home).
The main home is located in Miacatlán, a small town southwest of Mexico City. The home has a farm that produces enough corn to make tortillas, which the home needs to feed the animals that live on the farm. Located in the fields are three greenhouses that produce vegetables such as tomatoes, lettuce, chard, zucchini, cucumber, cabbage, carrots, radishes and nopal (cactus paddles). The farm also raises pigs and has various tilapia ponds. Each of these help with the budget, but so much more is needed to sustain the food budget for the children.
Feed the Need-dlove wants to make sure the home can continue to provide the healthy meals every child deserves.
Our passion was started in 1978, Barbara and Don traveled to NPH Mexico, which at the time was the only NPH home. There they met happy and outgoing children who had been rescued from poverty and given a safe home by NPH founder Fr. William B. Wasson. The children of NPH, called pequeños (Spanish for “little ones”) deeply touched the Liems and soon became their passion in life. Today, NPH has homes in nine countries and the Liems visited many of them to meet the children and evaluate the organization’s needs.
Since we first became involved with NPH 40 years ago, Barbara and Don have tirelessly demonstrated their commitment to the children of NPH. We have done this through our own personal financial investments, as well as decades of volunteer service. In the early 1990s, Don served as Executive Director of the Arizona office of Friends of the Orphans (now NPH USA Southwest Region) and Barbara was a volunteer staff person. Don subsequently served as President of the Board of Directors and then as a member of the Southwest Regional Board for many years. Our family is committed on carry on our beloved Don’s passion to continue to make a difference in the lives of the children.
Barbara and Don have raised literally millions of dollars to benefit the children of NPH. They have sponsored numerous children and welcomed many into their home as students. The entire Liem family, which is currently four generations strong, also has supported NPH by making donations, sponsoring children, volunteering, and visiting the NPH homes. The Liems extended family includes numerous adult pequeños who grew up at NPH.
NPH USA transforms the lives of vulnerable children in Latin America and the Caribbean by supporting the homes, health services and educational programs of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”). Together, we empower children to grow to their full potential, shaping better futures for themselves, their families and their communities.
Founded in 1954 by Father William B. Wasson, NPH is currently supporting more than 6,100 boys and girls in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. In addition, our community outreach programs provides over 100,000 services in each year.
Donations to NPH USA, Federal Tax ID # 65-1229309, are tax-deductible as provided by law and subject to our Donation Disclosure Statements.