All of our homes have
sustainability programs

Sustainability Programs

The NPH homes strive to be as self-sufficient as possible. This helps lower expenses and provides the opportunity to teach children valuable skills. It also reduces the homes’ impact on the environment. Features vary by
home and may include:

  • Gardens, farms and greenhouses
  • Vocational workshops that produce baked goods, furniture, shoes and clothes
  • Independent water systems, including wells, towers and treatment facilities
  • Solar powered utilities

NPH Sustainability Programs at a Glance

NPH Bolivia


  • Farm land: 3 acres
  • Raising cows, fish, pigs and sheep
  • Growing beans, cabbage, onions and tomatoes
  • Independent water system with well and tower that can support consumption by 500 people
  • Trash separation (organic vs. non-organic)


NPH Dominican Republic

NPH Dominican Republic:

  • Farm land: 24 acres
  • Raising cows, goats and pigs
  • Produces 13% of all food consumed
  • Independent water system with wells and tower
  • Solar power at a visitor’s house
  • Garbage separation/selling recyclables


NPH El Salvador

NPH El Salvador:

  • Farm land: 80 acres
  • Raising cows for milk and meat
  • Produces 100% of corn: 90% used for kitchen and 10% for livestock; 100% of sorgum: all used for livestock; 80% of milk consumed on site; value for all: nearly $36,000
  • Independent water system with well, pumps and waste water treatment plant


NPH Guatemala

NPH Guatemala:

  • Farm land: 3 acres
  • Raising cows and pigs
  • Independent water system with well, tower and sewage treatment plant
  • Solar water heaters in 90% of home, and power in two houses
  • Some furniture is made in vocational workshops; a café and a green bean cultivation project raise funds for the home


NPH Haiti

NPH Haiti:

  • Farm land: .12 acres
  • Raising chickens, goats and fish
  • Tilapia project yielded 24,000 pounds of fish in 2015
  • Bread and rolls made onsite
  • Produces 20% of all food consumed
  • Solar power at main school, water heaters at two houses and some electricity at St. Damien Pediatric Hospital


NPH Honduras

NPH Honduras:

  • Farm land: 22 acres
  • Raising chickens, cows, rabbits and pigs
  • Grows a variety of fruits and vegetables; makes bread, cheese and tortillas on site
  • Rain catchment/irrigation systems
  • Solar water heaters at most houses
  • Half of all furniture, shoes and school uniforms made in vocational workshops


NPH Mexico

NPH Mexico:

  • Farm land: 138 acres
  • Raising chickens, fish, sheep and pigs
  • Produces 59% of all food consumed at main home, including 13 tons of corn and 1,500 tilapia each month
  • “Green stations” (small ponds) improve irrigation and help prevent crop fires
  • Solar water heaters at girls’ house


NPH Nicaragua

NPH Nicaragua:

  • Farm land: 130 acres
  • Raising chickens, cows, fish and pigs
  • Produces 87% of basic grains, 50% of vegetables, 15% of fruit and 75-80% meat consumed
  • Independent water system with wells, tower and sewage treatment plant
  • Solar water heater at visitor’s house


NPH Peru

NPH Peru:

  • Farm land: 2.5 acres
  • Growing beans, beets, cucumbers, lettuce, onions, radishes and sweet potatoes
  • Independent water system with well, tower and sewage treatment plant
  • Solar water heaters at all but one house


How you can help

Your gift can help the NPH homes provide for their own needs.

$405 pays the salary of a farm worker at NPH Honduras for one month
$1,000 provides 2,200 pounds of seed corn for NPH El Salvador
$2,083 purchases pig feed for NPH Mexico for one month
25,000 buys dairy cows for four NPH homes
$11,890 pays for the farm expenses at NPH Nicaragua for six months



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