Currently, there are over 3300 children (Jan-2013). Mexico: 694 Honduras: 469 Haiti: 850 Nicaragua: 253 Guatemala: 335 El Salvador:
322 Dominican Republic: 222 Peru: 96 and Bolivia: 101. The number of children constantly fluctuates as new children arrive and older
children leave as they reach adulthood. For more detailed numbers, 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 pediatric 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 - current rented accommodations are in District of San Vicente de Cañete, two hours south of Lima. New home construction is in Cañete in the tourist village of Lunahuaná.
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.
Most of our children that have family do have contact. 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 family.
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.
Yes. You are always welcome to visit if you have a godchild or are interested in one of our homes. You may want to check with us to see if they organize special trips to our home. If you want to visit one of the homes on your own, please notify your local office so they can ensure the home is aware of your travel plans and can make preparations to give you a warm welcome.
Each year, various Development Offices for NPH sponsor Pequeño Tours in Canada and the United States. The Pequeño Tour raise awareness about the orphanages and raise funds for the NPH family. 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 benefit the sponsored child and their home. 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 the child — 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.
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. It will also allow you to discover first-hand the effects that love, caring and acceptance have on children who once struggled to survive. Please contact us about organizing a trip to visit your child.
If you visit your child at a NPH home, you may take a gift. However, we request that the gift is one that may be shared by all of the children, such as a board game, jigsaw puzzle, or book.
There is no fixed age at which the children leave NPH. 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.
As long as the child is supported by NPH, your contribution is going towards the transformation of his/her life. 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 or sometimes children are unable to adjust to life in the NPH homes and leave on their own. These are uncommon and sad circumstances for the Directors and caregivers in the homes as well as for our sponsors. 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.
You are welcome to send letters/cards/photos to our NPH NZ office. We will then translate this and mail it to your child. Postage can be slow and unreliable from Latin American countries, so do expect 1 to 2 months to hear back from your child. Thank you for your patience. You will receive replies to all your letters, as well as a Christmas card from your child, and a new photo every year.
Please only send flat items, such as cards, photos or stickers. Larger presents can be very costly to send.
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.
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 as a beneficiary in your will, trust or life insurance policy