Regional Director’s Message
Happy 2016! I hope that you had an enjoyable Christmas season.
There are several holiday movies and shows that never get old for me. I really enjoy Planes, Trains and Automobiles, although that is closer to a Thanksgiving movie than a Christmas movie. I’m also a real sucker for It’s a Wonderful Life (IWL). Both of these movies I have seen easily a couple of dozen times.
Usually, I stumble across one of those holiday movies or shows somewhere in the middle of its TV broadcast. Rarely do I get a chance to see it from start to finish. The day after this past Christmas, I sat down and made a point of watching IWL from opening to closing credits.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the IWL plot, it’s about an upstanding family man and a pillar of the community (George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart) who, time and again, sacrifices his own financial and emotional well-being so that others in his family and his community can be successful. On Christmas Eve, George experiences a particularly challenging financial setback that could bankrupt him and put him in jail. In the throes of desperation, he wishes that he had never been born. His guardian angel grants him that wish with the caveat that George gets to see what his community and his loved ones would have been like without him. The world without George Bailey turns out to be none too pretty, and George ultimately (and successfully) begs to be given his life back.
Last November, I directed a trip of 29 donors to our NPH home in El Salvador. Olegario Campos is the only National Director that NPH El Salvador has ever known. Olegario grew up as a pequeño in our NPH Mexico home and was tapped by Father Wasson to start NPH El Salvador 17 years ago. He built NPH El Salvador from the ground up, and he currently has that operation running like a top. What would NPH El Salvador be like if Olegario had never been born? Check out the picture to the right that was taken during that recent trip to NPH El Salvador. You would never know from the looks of him that the happy, healthy boy (we’ll call him Geovanny, but that’s not his real name) on my right was mistreated and abandoned by his alcoholic parents before being placed at NPH El Salvador. What would Geovanny’s life be like without Olegario? Would he be as happy, well fed, well educated, and well cared for as he is today? Or, would he be living by his wits on the streets…or worse?
What about Father William Wasson, the founder of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos? It’s impossible to imagine there being an NPH if he had never been born. What would the impact have been on Olegario, Geovanny, and the other 20,000 children who have lived in an NPH home if it weren’t for Father Wasson?
And what about you? What if, heaven forbid, you were never born? You are the best person to answer that question as it pertains to your own life. I’m thinking more in terms of the plural you, as in all you NPH USA donors never being born? Without our donors, there would have been a Father Wasson, but there would not have been an NPH. Governments in the countries where we operate our homes are happy to send us children to care for, but they are unable/unwilling to give us the funds to do it. We depend entirely on the generosity of good folks like you for every dollar, peso, etc. that we expend to provide the food, clothing, education, medical care and loving structure that kids like Geovanny need in order to thrive.
All of the preceding is a very long-winded way for me to say thank you very much for your charitable support and to tell you how much your support means to children like Geovanny. We certainly could not do what we do without you. Thank you for making the pequeños of NPH a part of your wonderful life.
All the best,
Midwest Region Director
What is NPH USA? What is NPH USA?
NPH USA (originally Friends of Our Little Brothers) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, Federal Tax ID# 65-1229309 that was incorporated in Arizona in 1965 to support Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”).
Mission Statement: 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 help children overcome poverty and become leaders in their own communities.
What makes NPH USA different? What makes NPH USA different?
NPH USA provides direct assistance to Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos which fully supports for over 6,200 orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children in nine countries and has outreach programs for the surrounding communities. Our donors receive prompt acknowledgement of their gifts and we ensure the aid we send to NPH is properly used through stringent accounting and financial reporting procedures. We encourage visits to the NPH homes so that you may meet the children in person and see the impact your assistance has on their lives.
What does “pequeño” mean? What does “pequeño” mean?
It is Spanish for "little" or "child." "Pequeños" refers to a group of boys and girls or more than one boy. "Pequeña" and "pequeñas" refers to one girl and a group of girls, respectively.
What is child sponsorship? What is child sponsorship?
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 about sponsoring a child.
Where are the NPH homes located? Where are the NPH homes located?
There are NPH homes in nine countries: Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. See our Fact Sheets for details on each home including location, number of children, etc.
How many children are in the care of NPH? How many children are in the care of NPH?
Since its founding in 1954, NPH has assisted tens of thousands of children. Currently NPH is fully supporting more than 3,300 boys and girls. An additional 2,800 community children receive scholarships, meals, health care and other support. More than 107,000 services were provided through community outreach programs in 2019.
Do the children have contact with their families? Do the children have contact with their families?
Most of the children have contact with their extended families. There are scheduled “Visitors Day” during the year in which children receive visitors. The families arrive and spend the day on the NPH grounds usually bringing food and beverages. The families usually consist of older siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins, and sometimes a parent or grandparent. Older teens usually have a free day in which they are able to visit their family if they choose.
How long do the children stay at NPH? How long do the children stay at NPH?
There is no fixed age at which the children leave NPH. They stay until they feel prepared to live independently. It also depends on the child and how far they want to pursue their education. Some children may leave NPH and start working after finishing secondary school. Others may stay and attend high school, take vocational training or study at a university. Additionally, when a child has completed his or her education, or perhaps before going on to higher academics, they are expected to give back to their family by completing a year of service (año de servicio oraño 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.
Is there a religious affiliation? Is there a religious affiliation?
NPH is nondenominational. However, the 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.
How can I help? How can I help?
May I volunteer for NPH USA? May I volunteer for NPH USA?
Yes! Volunteers make it possible for NPH USA to support the orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children at NPH. We utilize volunteers for committees, special events, general office help and translating letters to children. Volunteering for NPH USA can count towards community and school service requirements. Volunteer schedules are flexible and you may work as much or as little as you want. Opportunities may vary by office. Click here to apply online. Please note that we support the NPH homes and their outreach programs through fundraising and volunteer efforts; we do not work directly with children in our offices.
May I volunteer at an NPH home? May I volunteer at an NPH home?
Yes! NPH accepts volunteers for a minimum of a one-year commitment. NPH USA has a person on staff who coordinates the application process and provides some initial screening. Click here for more information on the International Volunteer Program.
What if I have additional questions? What if I have additional questions?
You also may call us toll-free at 1-888-201-8880, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact your regional office.
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