Raising children, Supporting families, Transforming lives.

NPH stands for Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos which means ‘Our Little Brothers and Sisters’.

We help vulnerable children and families in 9 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. We help children reach their full potential and break out of the cycle of poverty.

Poverty in this region

Life is very difficult for families who are struggling in Latin America, as they often don’t have access to healthy food, stable housing, quality education and job opportunities. There is little social welfare in these countries, which means children can easily fall through the gaps. Poverty can lead to families breaking down and children being abandoned, abused or orphaned.

One child dies every three minutes in Latin America and the Caribbean, with 72 million children living in poverty. (Unicef, 2019). The Covid19 pandemic has pushed many more children into desperate situations.

Our Solution

We strive to keep families together by providing access to medical care, healthy food and education. We provide social services that Government departments cannot or will not provide to vulnearble children and families.

When a child is unable to live with their biological family, our social workers and the court system within the country investigates the case.

When it’s in the best interest of the child, we provide a loving family for life. We try to keep siblings together, as this helps the children maintain a sense of family, security and belonging. We also encourage contact with biological family members (when possible), as every child has a right to know their family and understand their story.

Our social workers regularly talk to the children and biological family to ensure that family reintegration happens when this is in the best interest of the child. Our OneFamily programme provides ongoing financial and emotional support to children who have been reintegrated into their families. Since 1954 NPH has supported over 20,000 children and families across 9 countries.

Before and After NPH

Sisters Anita and Valentina grew up in extreme poverty. When their family broke down, and no one in their family was able to care for them, they were welcomed into our NPH family in the Dominican Republic. The girls are happy and healthy, making the most of their opportunities.

Education breaks the cycle of poverty

We support children through education, from preschool all the way to tertiary level.

We believe that education gives children the opportunity to become independent and break free from the cycle of poverty.

Aurora Zacarias (below) was born into extreme poverty in Mexico. Her mother passed away and her father was unable to care for her and her siblings.

Aurora and her siblings excelled at school and took full advantage of the educational support NPH offered. Aurora is now a senior financial advisor, her brother is a doctor, and her sister is an accountant. Aurora has continued this legacy by sponsoring a child at NPH Mexico.

St Damien Children’s Hospital

In Haiti we run the only children’s hospital in the whole country. Every year we provide over 80,000 medical services to children, babies and pregnant women. Find out more here.

Healthy food from our farms!

Our NPH homes and community centres are found in the countryside and we grow a lot of our own food. This helps us reduce our environmental impact, keep food costs low, and gives our kids a healthy diet. It also teaches our children about healthy nutrition and sustainable food systems.

Quality healthcare

One in five of the children we care for have special medical needs, such as asthma, cerebral palsy, epilepsy or HIV. 

We treat all our children as equally important members of our family.

Our special needs home in Haiti

In some cases, this means providing lifelong, around-the-clock care to children with chronic conditions. Without NPH, many of these children would not be able to survive and thrive on their own.

All of our children’s homes contain a clinic to ensure the children can be cared for if they get sick. Dr. Dora (below) is our on-site doctor at NPH Honduras. She actually grew up at our home and has come back to help her ‘younger brothers and sisters.’

Community Outreach

While 2500 children live in one of our NPH homes, over 3000 community students receive educational scholarships, from preschool to tertiary level.

We also run medical clinics which provide affordable healthcare to families in need. Our community outreach programs provide over 100,000 services each year. At NPH Dominican Republic and Honduras we work in partnership with One World Surgery to provide affordable surgeries to low-income families.

We provide these services to the community so that families can stay together. Prevention is key to stopping children from being abandoned, abused or orphaned.

OneFamily Programme

Our OneFamily programme means that we can meet the best interests of the children living in our homes. Sometimes a family’s situation changes, or a family member is found who could be a good caregiver for the child. Our social workers and the courts investigate the family’s situation and talk with the child to find out whether it’s in their best interest to be reintegrated into their biological family.

Often poverty is a barrier to reintegration. At NPH we believe that no child should be separated from their family due to poverty. This is why NPH provides a monthly stipend to the family so they can afford to support their child with the education they need to break out of the cycle of poverty.

Child sponsors receive quarterly Wellness Reports, including photos of the child with their family.

We are proud to be able to strengthen families in this way.