Below is a blog post written by Chris Ambroso, a staff member from Near North Montessori School in Chicago, that recently visited the NPH home in Honduras with some of our Midwest Friends staff!
Near North Montessori School has formed a special friendship with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos Honduras. In March, for the second year in a row, NNMS students, parents and staff traveled down to NPH Honduras to spend a week volunteering, working and visiting with the pequeños.
The group consisted of 16 junior high students, 9 parents and 3 staff members. Each participant in the group was a sponsor, making the visit very special for the group and the pequeños. We spent our time visiting with our godchildren, working on the farm, cutting vegetables in the kitchen, making tortillas, sanding down tables and helping in the Montessori school there. The two Spanish teachers from NNMS arranged with the English teacher at NPH to mix their students together so they could each practice their second language. One parent spent a part of each afternoon doing yoga and breathing exercises with her godchild and his housemates in Casa Emmanuel, the home for special needs boys. They loved the exercises and sense of community.
The trip was inspirational and amazing, and we are already planning our return in 2014!