NPH New Zealand’s Director

NPH New Zealand is run by Loren O’Sullivan who spent two years volunteering at NPH Honduras in 2013-14. Loren says,

“Growing up in New Zealand, I always dreamed about helping vulnerable children overseas. I felt so privileged to grow up here and receive so many great educational and leadership opportunities. I studied hard at school because I wanted to become a doctor and work in a poor community overseas. I was grateful to finish High School with a number of scholarships, but I felt quite lost and wasn’t sure if being a doctor was right for me. After a GAP year in Europe I went on to study teaching at the University of Auckland. Upon finishing my degree I realised that I still wanted to fulfill my dream of helping vulnerable children abroad. I stumbled upon NPH and applied for a volunteer role as a teacher in Honduras.

I really enjoyed my time working with the kids in Honduras. It was an incredible experience, where I saw the difference NPH was making in these young lives. After two years, I came back to New Zealand with a heavy heart because I wanted to continue helping the children. I started by sponsoring a child, and volunteering at the NPH New Zealand office in Auckland. Wanting to do more, when a position came up to run the NPH NZ Charitable Trust, I jumped at the chance to apply. In 2016 I became the Director of NPH New Zealand and have worked hard to send over a million dollars to the NPH homes and programmes in Latin America.

My sponsored child is now studying at university and so are many of my former students. It has been a real delight to follow their progress and see how New Zealanders are making a big difference in their lives. At the moment I am living in Auckland and have started a family of my own. We hope to visit the NPH children once it’s easier to travel. For now, our volunteer abroad programme is open and we hope to send New Zealanders soon. Thank you for your support!”

Board Members

NPH New Zealand is managed by a small group of dedicated Trustees, who give their time and talents on a volunteer basis. NPH NZ is an affiliate organisation of NPH International which is a Mexican charity which oversees all the NPH programmes in 9 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. The support is direct, from the NPH fundraising offices, to the programmes.

Miguel Venegas

Miguel joined the NPH Mexico family when he was 15 years old, as he didn’t have family who could care for him. Miguel graduated as top student, receiving a scholarship to study Science and Mathematics at the University of Texas. Miguel went on to work at an international firm, when he was asked by NPH’s founder, Father Wasson, to help the NPH Guatemala family as an accountant. Miguel has held a wide range of roles within NPH. After gaining an MBA from one of the world’s most prestigious universities, and serving as NPH International’s Director of Finance for six years, Miguel is now the Executive Director of NPH International. As a Board member of NPH New Zealand, Miguel is able to use his vast knowledge of the NPH programmes to guide Loren and the Trustees.

Lisa Marie Richan

Lisa-Marie joined the NPH New Zealand Board in 2014. Lisa-Marie Richan is both Partner at award-winning consultancy Convergence and also Principal at Richan and Associates. She has years of communications experience in both private and public sectors. Lisa-Marie is making a huge impact in helping NPH New Zealand’s brand development. She is passionate about the cause, having visited NPH Peru and Mexico.

Jonathan Gabriel

Our newest member to the Board, elected in April 2021, Jonathan is the Chief Financial Officer & HR Manager for a civil engineering consultancy, having previously been CFO and Commercial Manager for a major New Zealand manufacturer. Jonathan holds a BCom in finance and a post graduate Advanced HR Management qualification. He is a chartered accountant, being CA qualified with CAANZ,  a Fellow accountant (FCPA) (Australia) and a Fellow (FGIA) with the Governance Institute of Australia.Jonathan helps the Director and the Board with financial planning, reporting  and oversight, and provides governance input. Jonathan also works closely with an independent charities accountant to ensure NPH maintain absolute integrity in its financial affairs.

Jonathan says,

“I was moved by a public talk Loren gave a couple of years ago on the plight of underprivileged children in South America and the wonderful mission of NPH in helping support families. The practical help that NPH provides, including running the only children’s hospital in Haiti was something that really resonated with me.

Immediately after the talk, I became a proud child sponsor and got involved in volunteering. I am privileged to now be part of the talented and committed Board, and I absolutely love being able to offer my help where I can. It’s fantastic knowing the donations from our generous community of supporters is helping in such a meaningful way in children’s lives. I’d love to spend time volunteering at one of the NPH programmes and I’m motivated to try and learn some Spanish!”

Aidee Walker

A top New Zealand actress, Producer and Director: well known for her roles in Step Dave and Outrageous Fortune. Aidee has provided great networking and fundraising outcomes for NPH New Zealand, after visiting NPH Peru, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Aidee is a celebrity ambassador for NPH New Zealand.

Founder of NPH New Zealand

In 2011 New Zealander Kristina Cavit came back after two years volunteering at NPH Dominican Republic. She wanted to do something to help the children she had grown to love. After the success of a few large fundraising events Kristina decided to register NPH New Zealand as a Charitable Trust.

Thanks to the dedication of Kristina, who worked largely as a volunteer, NPH New Zealand was able to get off the ground in New Zealand and start making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children in Latin America and the Caribbean.