In total NPH Mexico supports over 1000 vulnerable children and families through our homes, schools and community programmes.
NPH Mexico is where NPH was born in 1954. Fr. Wasson responded to the needs of abandoned children in Cuernavaca Mexico. In 1970, the growing family moved to the main NPH site, Casa San Salvador. This home is an old converted sugar plantation, sitting on 130 acres of fertile land. Always bustling with activity, this is the main NPH home where our children under 14 years old, live, play and study. It is based in the village of Miacatlán, which is located 124km south of Mexico City.
Our home facilities are quite extensive and offer a village feel with cobblestone streets, boungainvillea filled archways and a lush landscape. The Casa San Salvador campus includes a preschool, primary and middle school, a chapel, dining hall, kitchen, clinic, administration buildings and a farm with chickens, sheep, pigs as well as fruit and vegetable gardens.
When the children reach high school they move to our high school home in Cuernavaca, 30 minutes away.
Many will then go on to university in Monterrey where we have a home to house our higher education students. Our university programme in Mexico is very successful and many of our young people go on to great careers where they can serve their families and communities.
Further north, in Matamoros, near the US border, we have a smaller children’s home called Cuidad de Los Niños, or City of the Children. This home received the first children in 2009, the majority under age 16. When these young people are ready for high school, they move to our home in Cuernavaca.
In 2011, NPH began investigating and accepting children from the war torn region of Juárez, where many children are abandoned while their parents seek a better life across the border.
Many children and teenagers from our nearby communities attend school at NPH, including on scholarships provided by NPH as part of our community outreach. We also have a One-Family programme which supports children who are reintegrated with their biological family.
NPH Mexico is led by Rafael Bermudez, along with over 270 dedicated staff and up to 10 international volunteers. You can watch this video below where Rafael explains how he came to NPH Mexico as a young boy alongside 6 of his siblings.
1954: Fr. Wasson helped a child who stole from his church and NPH was born.
1955: 69 boys are now living within Fr. Wasson’s NPH family.
1959: Girls joined the NPH family.
1964: NPH built its own high school in Cuernavaca.
1970: The sugar plantation in Miacatlan was purchased to form a larger home for the kids.
1979: Family moved to home in Miacatlan. Our university home in Monterrey was opened.
1985: Our leadership English program in Arizona was born.
1997: Community scholarship program was started to help children living with their families close to the nearby garbage dump.
2000: Art therapy program began.
2005: First student from the garbage dump community graduated from university.
2009: “City of Children” in Matamoros was opened.
2017: An earthquake causes damage to our properties in Miacatlan and Cuernavaca.
2019: NPH Mexico celebrates 65 years of service to children and families in need.
2020: Our NPH Mexico family is being affected by Covid19. New Zealanders help fix the freezer and greenhouse at NPH Mexico.
2021: New Zealanders help fix another broken greenhouse at NPH Mexico.