Monday, July 22, 2013

NPH International Leadership Program

Celson, Doris, Rodolfo and Jacinto, our four NPH International Leadership Program participants who grew up at our NPH homes and are now wrapping up a year of studying leadership and English in Seattle, had the opportunity to give presentations to five local Seattle elementary schools throughout May and June. We had a wonderful time sharing at St. Catherine School, St. Anne School, St. Louise School, St. Madeleine Sophie School, and Puesta del Sol! 

Our leadership students shared about their respective countries, cultures, and life at NPH. It was so fun to watch the elementary students light up as they learned about monkeys who steal food in Guatemala, how children in El Salvador are celebrated on Children’s Day, and how grass at NPH is cut with a machete! The presentations also included learning a few phrases in Spanish, and even folk dancing! 

The final presentation was at Puesta del Sol, a Spanish-immersion elementary school, so our leadership students were able to present in Spanish! Below are some of the elementary students’ thoughts and reactions to the presentations. It is clear that the leadership students had a big impact – we’re so happy to be able to encourage global thinking in these young students who will one day be leaders themselves: 

“It was very interesting to learn about countries I have not visited. I really liked meeting the presenters, they had a lot of enthusiasm for their subject.” Ilsa – 5th grade 

“I really liked the presentation because I’m interested in the differences and similarities between the presenters’ countries and the United States. I also liked hearing the Spanish and the distinct accents.” Lauren – 5th grade 

“After the presentations, I realized all the money and things I have in my life. Now I appreciate what I have.” Callie – 5th grade 

“My students enjoyed their time with you so much. Thank you for taking time to share with us. I hope we will be able to visit your beautiful and unique countries soon. The national pride and happiness in being a part of NPH is obvious. Once again, thank you for everything.” Ms. Maya Stevens, 5th grade teacher

Doris sharing about traditions in El Salvador 

Rodolfo teaching the students about life at NPH

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Marlon and his 3 older brothers arrived at NPH in 1996 when he was 6 years old. They arrived from Managua. His mother abandoned the children because of the physical abuse from their father when he was drunk. Marlon and his brothers were being abused as well. A relative from the family asked for help as the abuse got worse. After a few days and under the consent of “Mi Familia”, the government entity that cares for the well-being of children in Nicaragua, we brought Marlon and his brothers into our home. 

Marlon has been always a very respectful child, very focused in school and always ready to help out. During his family service, Marlon helped in the educational area teaching math to the children and also helped as supplier distribution manager. 

Right now he is studying his first year of math at the university. He studies hard and receives good grades. "I plan to do my best in university and hope to take other courses in the future such as English classes to interact with friends, volunteers, and visitors at the home. I really enjoy spending time in the home during vacations and helping my brothers and sisters in math or with their English homework. I am very thankful for all the support I have received from all the caregivers, volunteers, and teachers during my elementary and high school days. But mostly, I thank God for giving me and my brothers the opportunity to be part of this wonderful family. It has not been easy, but it has been worth every moment."

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Maudiel and his 2 brothers arrived at NPH in 1996 when their mother died. His father tried to care for them, but it was difficult to work far away from home and watch over the kids while working. The family lived in extremely poor conditions and sometimes had only one meal a day. In their community called Waslala, there is no school. Their father wanted to give them better opportunities in life, and agreed that the children should come to NPH Family. 

Maudiel says, "I thank God for the opportunity he gave me and my siblings to be part of to NPH family. I came when I was 8 years old along with my sister Deira and my little brother Victor, and we all have been blessed in many ways since we came here. I finished elementary school in 2003 and high school in 2009. Now, I am 23 years old and I am in the 3rd year of University, studying English to become a teacher. I will get my B.A in English in two more years. So far I have found Mathematics and Psychology to be the most difficult classes, and my favorite classes are Philosophy and History."

As part of the year of family service at NPH, Maudiel has been involved helping with the translation of letters at the sponsorship office in San Jorge-Rivas and now in Jinotepe-Carazo. Maudiel says it requires a lot of responsibility to work in an office.but that he learns lots of things everyday and gets to interact with lots of people. "I thank our mentors, caretakers, and home directors who have trusted me and given me the chance to give back a little after having received lots of love and patience. When I finish my studies I would like to find a job and help those in need as the home has helped me." 

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Monday, July 1, 2013


Celia entered NPH in 1994 when she was 6 years old. She is the youngest of 3 siblings. Her mother died when she was young, and her father began a cycle of alcoholism, leaving the children at home alone. The priest from the community knew about the situation and talked to Father Wasson. Father Wasson went to Celia´s house and visited her dying mother, impressing upon her that he would take care of her children, allowing her to die peacefully because she knew the children were in good hands. Her older brothers decided to move out of the home although they continue to visit her on Visitor’s days. Celia finished high school in 2005 and began university in 2007 after two years of family service. She has always been a good student, very responsible and a lovely person. Celia helped in different areas during her family service: caretaker for little girls aged 7-12 years old, as well as office intern. During weekends she would come and help organize activities for the children with other volunteers and caregivers at the home.

Celia writes: “I am very happy that I will finish my career next year and get my B.A. in Economics. I would like to find a job in my field and continue growing and learning as a person. As for all my little brothers and sisters living at the home, I always advise them to appreciate the opportunity given by our beloved Father Wasson and study as much as they can because that’s the key for success in life.”

She is one of the 21 university students from NPH Nicaragua that need our support! Give for youth today!