Currently, we have over 3000 fully supported youth in 9 different countries. We also support nearly 2500 children from low-income households who
attend our NPH schools. For more information please see our census and statistics page.
Mexico - some of the older children attend school and live in Cuernavaca, Monterrey or Mexico City, but most of the children live in Miacatlán, 70 miles south of Mexico City.
Honduras - the home is 22 miles northeast of Tegucigalpa, there are also student homes and our disabled childrens' home in Tegucigalpa.
Haiti - the home is 25 miles south of Port-au-Prince, and the paediatric hospital, public health and disabled outreach programs are in Tabarre, home administration and visitor center are located in Pétionville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince.
Nicaragua - currently has three locations: Ometepe Island on Lake Nicaragua, Jinotope southwest of Managua and San Jorge.
Guatemala - Chimaltenango, northwest of Guatemala City.
El Salvador - Santa Ana.
Dominican Republic - San Pedro de Macoris.
Peru - Our home is in San Vicente de Cañete, two hours south of Lima.
Bolivia - San Ignacio de Sara, near the community of Portachuelo, 50 miles northwest of Santa Cruz de la Sierra.
No. The children who find their way to NPH have been orphaned, abused, shuffled from one family member to another. Like all children, they are seeking love and security, a place they can call home. When they come to NPH, they are told they will never be asked to leave. The children grow and learn in their culture and language and become contributing citizens in their own countries. Also, many children arrive with several brothers and sisters; it is the priority of NPH to keep families together.
However, in saying this, in regulation with recent changes to Peru's laws, a few of our children are on their national adoption list. We let sponsors know if their child is on this list.
Most of our children that have family do have contact. In most of our homes, we have "Visitors Day" three times a year in which children receive visitors for the day. Families arrive and spend the day on NPH grounds and usually bring food and soda. The families usually consist of brothers and sisters, uncles, aunts, cousins, sometimes fathers and grandparents. Our older youths have every other Sunday free to visit their biological family.
In some cases, when this is in the best interest of the child/ren, they will be reintegrated into their biological families, with the continued support of our NPH OneFamily programme.
That depends on the child and how far they want to pursue their education. Some children may leave NPH and start working after having finished their Vocational Training. Others may stay in the NPH program and attend High School or even go on to University.
As mentioned, a child living in a NPH home may be reintegrated into their biological family (if this is in the best interests of the child). In most cases this child will continue as a part of our NPH family by being a part of our NPH OneFamily programme.
Yes. You are always welcome to visit if you have a godchild or are interested in supporting one of our homes. Our visitor policy and guidelines ensures the wellbeing of our children, as well as your protection. If you want to visit one of the homes, please notify your local office so they can let you know about any organised trips, or help arrange your travel plans in conjunction with the home's visitor coordinator.
Each year, various Development Offices for NPH sponsor Pequeño Tours in Canada and the United States. The Pequeño Tour raise awareness about the children and families that NPH support. A group of children from one of the homes perform at the Pequeño Tour with their own Ballet Folklorico dance troupe and Estudiantina (student musicians). Churches, schools, and other organizations host the Pequeño Tour. It is a wonderful mission program for churches. Contact us for more information.
Sponsorship gifts are used to help all the children and families in the NPH programmes in that country. The financial support of sponsors enables the NPH home to provide basic necessities for all of the NPH children, while giving sponsors the unique opportunity to develop a special relationship with a specific child.
Your contribution helps provide for all the basic necessities for all of the children — food, clothing, medical care, an education, a beautiful home and a loving family. Through education your child is given the chance to break the cycle of poverty. Your sponsorship connects you with a child, who you can write to, helping you to understand how your contribution is making a difference in their life. For the child, sponsorship is positive, as they have the feeling that there are people on the other side of the world who care about them. Child Sponsorship changes these children's lives.
Most of the children have contact with extended family members, who are, for many different reasons, unable to care for these children. There are "Visitors Days", where family members, perhaps older siblings, uncles, aunts or cousins, arrive and spend the day on the NPH grounds, usually bringing food and other small gifts. Older teens usually have a free day in which they can choose to visit their family outside the NPH home.
The children in our community scholarship programme live with their families and attend our NPH schools during the week.
Yes! You are always welcome to visit your child! Spending time with the children is the best way to learn about NPH's unique programs and facilities. Please get in touch with your local office to find out more information, including our visitor policy and guidelines.
There is no fixed age at which the children leave an NPH home. They stay until they feel prepared to live independently. It also depends on how far they want to pursue their education. Some children may leave NPH and start working after finishing secondary school. Others may stay and attend High School, take vocational training or study at University. Additionally, when children have completed their education, or perhaps before going on to tertiary education, they are expected to give back to their family by completing a Year of Service to the home. This model provides great leadership training for the older children, while ensuring that the young ones are well looked after, and have fantastic role models.
In some cases a child may be reintegrated into their biological family (if that's in their best interests). Often you will continue as their sponsor if they join our NPH OneFamily programme, as they continue to receive support from us. In some cases the child may leave our NPH programme. We will inform you of any changes and how you may continue to support our NPH family.
As a sponsor you are helping not just your child, but all of the children in the NPH programmes. Sponsors are encouraged to continue their sponsorship as long as they are able. From time to time we may ask a sponsor to transfer his or her sponsorship to a new child. This may happen when a child leaves NPH. In the majority of cases, transfers occur when children complete their education and begin a life on their own.
Occasionally children may leave NPH earlier. Children may return to live with relatives who no longer need support, or in some rare cases a child may leave the programme on their own accord. When a transfer is necessary, sponsors will be informed by NPH New Zealand as soon as we learn of the departure. There continues to be much need at the homes, so we will ask you to sponsor another child.
We have an electronic correspondence system so that you can communicate with your child very easily. In many cases the postal system is not very reliable so we do encourage electronic correspondence as much as possible. Every letter that you write will be replied to by the child within a month or two at the most. Writing letters can be very rewarding for our sponsors and children.
Your financial support provides for the care of all the children including food, clothing, shelter, health care and education. If you desire to send an extra gift for your child's birthday, graduation, special holiday, or any reason you choose, this amount will go into the Sharing Fund. The funds are used for a special gift for all of the children on their birthdays and at Christmas. Additionally, the Sharing Fund is used for parties, field trips, or special celebrations involving groups of children. The Sharing Fund prevents the inequity that arises when one child receives gifts and another receives none.
A physical gift in the mail is often not possible due to the postal systems in these countries not being very reliable. Please get in touch with your NPH office to find out if this is possible.
Yes, there are many other ways to help besides sponsorship! We are a small, but growing charity in New Zealand, so your support is very much appreciated. Due to our size, and reliance on volunteers, we are able to keep admin overheads low.
Tell your friends about sponsoring a child in need at NPH
Come to our fundraising events (invite your friends!)
Volunteer at the New Zealand NPH office (admin, accounts, translation, graphic design, organizing events and trips are some of the work we need help with).
Make a gift in someone´s name, for a Birthday or Christmas
Name NPH New Zealand Charitable Trust as a beneficiary in your will, trust or life insurance policy