West and South Area

Regional Director’s Message

October 7, 2019

Temperatures have dropped and Fall is upon us, but we’re fired up and getting excited to celebrate NPH’s 65th Anniversary at our “Roots and Wings” 65thAnniversary Gala on November 16th. If you haven’t already registered, please do. Grab a ticket for yourself, your family, or get a whole table and invite your friends. I am currently in Honduras visiting our children and programs with some friends and supporters from the NW. Seeing this work for the through the eyes of someone experiencing it for the first time always serves a stark reminder of how important the work we all support truly is. What NPH seeks to do and provide for every individual child, every family, is an interconnected, interdependent effort that extends from the childcare staff, to the teachers, the nurses, psychologists, volunteers, visitors, construction and maintenance teams, the farm staff the garden workers, the cooks and everyone in between. It is truly an incredible thing. When all of the pieces of this work come together, children are truly allowed to be children, without worry, with trust, new hope; time and space to play and learn. The theme of our Gala this year is Roots and Wings as we celebrate the opportunity and potential that can take full flight when ‘we can provide the roots of love and promise; that foundation we have been building and strengthening for 65 years! I am inspired and honored to be a part of it. I am grateful to all who make this possible. Please come and celebrate with us, for a great evening, a chance to make a difference, and because the work is not done. Right now our brothers and sisters in Haiti are facing ongoing and unfathomable circumstances with the riots and violence continuing to grow, and yet the work continues, it must, there is no other option. We are responsible for the children we serve, the families we protect, the patients we care for. We must all, in our own lives find ways to do what Fr. Rick just recently said so clearly: “We all must hold ourselves to another very high standard: that we respond to the very worst of what we see and live through, with the very best of what is within us.”

Please keep our community, children, staff, volunteers and the entire country of Haiti especially in your thoughts.

Thank you all for supporting this work, and for empowering the children and families we serve to build a brighter future full of hope and possibility.

I look forward to seeing you at the Gala next month!

With gratitude,