In Guatemala’s highlands, about an hour from Guatemala City in Itzapa, Casa San Andres is home to 153 children, while also supporting 800 children through community programmes. Situated 1500 meters above sea level with Volcano Fuego as the backdrop, the red brick buildings and roofs of the NPH home lie in contrast to the rich cultural landscape of the country. Since its inception in 1996, this family has been growing, offering support to vulnerable families and children.
In 2000, Casa San Andres opened its doors to impoverished children from the community to offer educational scholarships. The program has been so successful that the home now has over 246 external students at preschool through secondary school. NPH provides a comprehensive education in a healthy and safe environment, strengthening the values and principles instilled by Father Wasson. Due to the pandemic our community students are currently studying from home. They are receiving support in the form of food packages, counselling, educational materials and one-on-one face to face tutoring in the neighbouring village, Parramos.
On our extensive NPH property, we have a school campus, homes for the children who permanently live onsite, a kitchen and common dining room, library and a computer room. There is also an administrative block, staff and volunteer housing, and five workshops where the older children receive vocational training (bakery, cooking, sewing, welding, hand crafts and carpentry). A clinic serves the children and staff of NPH, but also provides medical assistance to people from the surrounding communities.
Sagrado Corazón, or Sacred Heart, is a home for children with special needs inside the NPH grounds. It provides 24-hour care for over 12 children with severe disabilities and neurological issues. We also have two houses located in Chimaltenango Santa Teresita and San Bernardo that house 53 boys and girls of legal age who are in high school and preparing for college.
Additionally, through the NPH OneFamily program, 47 children have been reintegrated with their biological families and NPH continues to support them and provide them with th necessary tools to continue their studies and develop within their community.
With the goal of becoming more sustainable, the youth and children in our home help out in our orchard growing carrots, radishes, onions, tomatoes, chayote, cabbage, and various herbs.
NPH Guatemala is directed by Orlando Ramos.
1996: First children arrived at our temporary home in Sacatepequez.
1997: Our home moved to Chimaltenango and education centre opened.
1999: Our Montessori preschool opened.
2001: First young person to graduate from high school.
2002: Construction began at new property San Andres Itzapa.
2003: NPH Guatemala moved to new property.
2006: Babies’ home was completed
2007: Vocational workshops opened.
2009: Community scholarship program began.
2010: Women’s Empowerment program began.
2012: Construction completed on Montessori School.
2013: First university graduate.
2014: Investment in green energy throughout the home.
2015: Launch of Family Bakery project to help local fundraising.
2017: Implementation of family reintegration programme (OneFamily). Renovation of bedrooms to create more individualised, personal spaces.
2020: Our NPH Guatemala family is affected by Covid19. We continue to work to help vulnerable families and children.
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