NPH- the school, the kids, the staff, the volunteers – all family

We enjoyed the opportunity to not only play with the kids, but to leave our mark with volunteering in the kitchen, in the garden, with the special needs, Montessori and my favourite… the construction site. There is no end to the help needed and nothing more rewarding than to give it.

In 1954, a boy was arrested for stealing from the poor box of a small church in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. The young priest in charge, Father William Wasson of the United States, was unwilling to press charges against this “thief.” Instead, he asked for custody of the boy. One week later, the judge sent him eight more homeless boys. By year’s end, 32 boys were in residence and Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos™ (NPH), Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters,” was born.

335 children are at NPH Guatemala,  providing a permanent family and home for orphaned, abandoned and other at-risk children who live in conditions of extreme poverty. Each story is different and many completely heart-wrenching. I was amazed of the resiliency, at the apparent happy faces and incredible warmth and welcome feeling they gave us. It didn’t take long to feel like home to me. The love is unconditional and the appreciation is vast.

“Through the principles of love, security, sharing, work and responsibility, the children begin to thrive. A careful balance of these five principles helps the children succeed and live in harmony.” – NPH

Beautiful Faces

After completing our painting project of the bathroom windows

After completing our painting project of the bathroom windows

A Work of Art

Creating privacy

Creating privacy

Building the sink

Canadian made

Canadian made

The visitors houses are built by Canadians

The visitors houses are built by Canadians

The View from Casa One

This was one of my most favourite views

More Moo

A Precious Moment

Northfield Racquet Club in Waterloo donated tennis balls and several were used for the kids to grip crayons to enjoy colouring for the first time

Northfield Racquet Club in Waterloo donated tennis balls and several were used for the kids to grip crayons to enjoy colouring for the first time

Just outside the grounds, a sweet little town with a delicious bakery and good beer

Just outside the grounds, a sweet little town with a delicious bakery and good beer

So True

The little ones put on a performance for us on the last night, and in turn, we gave our own

The little-ones put on a performance for us on the last night, and in turn, we gave our own

Having way too much fun

Beautiful Faces

Beautiful Sandra from Toronto Ontario

BBQ'ing our last supper

BBQ’ing our last supper

Beautiful Faces

Making dolls

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Soccer Time

Favourite game

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Sorting Beans

Judy & Kathryn volunteered in the kitchen

A view from the gardens

Built by Canadian students

Built by Canadian students

The kids clean their own clothes by hand and hang them to dry

The kids clean their own clothes by hand and do many chores. They begin their day at 5:30am (chores), then school at 7am and their school day ends at 1:30. Some have jobs within NPH and others have more studies. A few live on campus, but leave in the morning to go to university.

Soccer Pitch

This soccer pitch was donated (the sod & lighting)

Boo

Boo (Nathan Ingram) is head of NPH construction. From Guelph, he originally came to NPH as a chaperone for a high school group, with his dad. He instantly fell in love with the people, the culture and the country. He currently lives in the small village of Parramos, just outside the NPH grounds.

Ahhhhhhhhhh

Shirley, Judy & Diane

Kathy & Pedro

Kathy & Pedro

Judy, Judy, Judy

Soccer time

One, Two ,Three

Beautiful Faces

Kissable

Beautiful Faces

Kathy Ingram cuddles up

Shutter bugs

The kids were fascinated by cameras

Beautiful Faces

Beautiful Faces

squatters have made their home across the river from NPH

squatters have made their home across the river from NPH

Diane

All Smiles

I was presented on my birthday with these beautiful flowers, grown on the NPH grounds.

I was presented on my birthday with these beautiful flowers, grown on the NPH grounds. I was also surprised with fireworks and a gorgeous chocolate/raspberry cake. Treated like a queen!

Carprenty

Kathryn, Leanne & Annalisa

The Commodore

Tortilla making

Special Needs House

Boo

BAAAaaaaa

NPH has a full sustainable farm with cows, chickens & goats

NPH has a full sustainable farm with cows, chickens & goats

I never tire of this view

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On the Blacktop

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Peter & Nathan Ingram gave us a grand tour of the NPH grounds

Peter & Nathan Ingram gave us a grand tour of the NPH grounds

Avocado Tree

Avocado Tree – our meeting place each morning

And an added birthday greeting

And an added birthday greeting

Always carried a smile

Always carried a smile

Our amazing cook

Our amazing cook

Continually cracked me up!

Continually cracked me up!

Judy. Judy. Judy

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