Raising children, Supporting families, Transforming lives.
NPH stands for Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos which means ‘Our Little Brothers and Sisters’.
We help vulnerable children and families in 9 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. We help children reach their full potential and break out of the cycle of poverty.
Poverty in this region
Life is very difficult for families who are struggling in Latin America as there is very little social welfare. Poverty can lead to families breaking down and children being abandoned, abused or orphaned.
One child dies every three minutes in Latin America and the Caribbean, with 72 million children living in poverty. (Unicef, 2019). The Covid19 pandemic has pushed many more children into desperate situations.
We strive to keep struggling families together by providing access to medical care, food and education.
When a child is unable to live with their biological family, our social workers and the court system within the country investigates the case.
When necessary, NPH steps in to provide a loving family for life for children in need. We try to keep siblings together as this helps the children feel safe and secure. Since 1954 we have helped over 18,000 children and their families.
Before and After NPH
Sisters Anita and Valentina grew up in extreme poverty. When their family broke down, no one in their family was able to care for them. Fortunately they were welcomed into our NPH family in the Dominican Republic. The girls are happy and healthy, making the most of their opportunities.
Education breaks the cycle of poverty
We support children through education, from preschool all the way to university and vocational training.
Education gives children the opportunity to become independent and break free from the cycle of poverty.
Aurora Zacarias (below) was born into extreme poverty in Mexico. Her mother passed away and her father was unable to care for her and her siblings.
Aurora and her siblings excelled at school and took full advantage of the educational support NPH offered. Aurora is now a senior financial advisor, her brother is a doctor, and her sister is an accountant. Aurora has continued this legacy by sponsoring a child at NPH Mexico.
St Damien Children’s Hospital
In Haiti we run the only children’s hospital in the whole country. Every year we provide over 80,000 medical services to children, babies and pregnant women. Find out more here.
Healthy food from our farms!
Our NPH homes are found in the countryside and we grow a lot of our own food. This helps us reduce our environmental impact, keep food costs low, and gives our kids a healthy diet. It also teaches our children about healthy nutrition and sustainable food systems.
One in five of the children we care for have special medical needs, such as asthma, cerebral palsy, epilepsy or HIV.
We treat all our children as equally important members of our family.
In some cases, this means providing lifelong, around-the-clock care to children with chronic conditions. Without NPH, many of these children would not be able to survive and thrive on their own.
All of our children’s homes contain a clinic to ensure our children can be cared for if they get sick. Dr. Dora Berrios (above) is our on-site doctor at NPH Honduras. She actually grew up in our home and has come back to help her ‘younger brothers and sisters.’
While nearly 3000 children live in one of our NPH homes, another 3000 community students receive educational scholarships, from preschool to tertiary level.
We also run medical clinics which provide affordable healthcare to families in need. Our community outreach programs provide over 100,000 services each year.
We provide these services to the community so that families can stay together. Prevention is key to stopping children from being abandoned, abused or orphaned.
Our OneFamily programme means that we can meet the best interests of the children living in our homes. Sometimes it’s in the best interest of a child for them to be reintegrated into their biological family. Often poverty is a barrier, and the family needs financial support so the child can go to school.
OneFamily operates in Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru.
Child sponsors receive quarterly Wellness Reports, including photos of the child with their family.
We are proud to be able to strengthen families in this way.