Below is a reflection written by sponsor and Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Associate Board co-chair Bo Mlnarik.
I first visited an NPH home as a sophomore in high school. My local parish sent a group of young people each year to the home in Mexico, and I was fortunate enough to join one of these trips. The initial experience was incredible and overwhelming. The kids and the home were so full of love and appreciation that it forced me to look at my own life and values in a way that I hadn't ever before. The trip instilled in me a lifelong commitment to helping and supporting NPH as I witnessed firsthand the impact NPH's mission has on the children and community. I have since been back to the Guatemala home three times, and each time I am reminded of how special and important that mission is. NPH seeks to break the cycle of poverty in Latin American countries by providing the very basics of life: food, shelter, clothing, etc., to under privileged and disadvantaged children. Most importantly, NPH provides these children with the essence of a happy and fulfilling life: education, faith and family. The family community and sense of belonging that all children crave is the very fabric of the NPH home and is what makes it such a special place. I have no doubt that the work I do and the money we raise to support NPH's continued mission goes to great use, and I look forward to staying involved with this organization in a meaningful way for the rest of my life.