Loren’s story

Loren O’Sullivan grew up on the North Shore in Auckland. After studying to be a teacher she decided that she wanted to do something to help children in need. This led her to volunteer for two years at NPH Honduras, teaching English and looking after the toddlers.

Towards the end of her volunteer experience, Loren realised that she could continue to help the NPH children by raising funds for them in New Zealand.

Loren is now the Director of NPH New Zealand. Loren would love to tell you more about NPH if you have any questions. Feel free to get in touch.

Aurora’s story

Aurora Zararias was born into extreme poverty in Mexico. Sadly her mother passed away when she was eight-years-old. Her father was unable to care for her and her siblings.

As a result, Aurora and her siblings joined our NPH family, where they took advantage of all the opportunities offered to them. Aurora is now a senior financial analyst. Her brother is a doctor and her sister is an accountant.

Aurora continues to be a part of the NPH family by sponsoring a child. She is also a Trustee on the Board of NPH International.

Merlin’s story

Merlin Antunez vowed that he wanted to be a doctor after his father battled with Parkinsons and two of his siblings passed away. Acute poverty lay at the foundation of his family’s problems, including no access to medical care. Merlin and his siblings joined our NPH family when he was a young boy. His desire to be a doctor became a goal rather than a dream.

Dr. Merlin is now the Director of our One World Surgery centre in Honduras, helping families in need.

Fr. Rick Frechette

Medical doctor and priest, Fr. Rick Frechette founded our NPH children’s home in Haiti in 1987. He worked with the Sisters of Charity to set up the St Damien children’s hospice, for children with HIV/AIDS. Desperate to find medical solutions for these children, Fr. Rick decided to study medicine in his mid-40s.

As a doctor and astute fundraiser Fr. Rick was able to transform our hospice into the world-class St Damien Paediatric hospital in Haiti in 2006. This is the only children’s hospital in the whole country.

Watch this video to hear Fr. Rick’s story and the story of the NPH family in Haiti.

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