and activities. Following are her thoughts on her trip.
As I got off the plane in Port-Au-Prince, the airport looked like it had been bombed. As I drove up the hills of Haiti to St. Helene’s, the NPH/NPFS orphanage supported by Friends of the Orphans, I asked my driver if there had been a war here recently. People were living in half-standing huts and demolished houses. No war, only proud Haitian people left completely on their own with absolutely no infrastructure.
Arriving at the top of this mountain, we came to this huge gated door and before it opened I heard the voices of 500 orphans. As I got familiar with the orphanage I would always end my night by going to see the 30 or so five-year-old children who lived in a two-room home. I would dance and sing with them. I would walk away in tears as they got into bed knowing that they would never have one special person that knew their likes and dislikes, that read to them or hugged them each night. Read more...
A trip to Rancho Santa Fe through the eyes of a pampered American
I just spent a week in Honduras with my sister Cheryl, her husband Paul and her three children. We went to visit Jessie, her oldest daughter who is working in Honduras as a volunteer at an orphanage called Rancho Sante Fe for a year. The ranch is part of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”), a network of orphan homes in Latin America and the Caribbean.
I didn't realize that I didn't actually know what happened until I got back and someone asked me what happened. Read more...
Sr. Mary Lee
St. Nicholas Church’s Mission Trip to NPH Honduras
Early in the morning of June 4, 2008, eight excited people from Nicktown, Pennsylvania, began a journey to NPH Honduras’s Rancho Santa Fe. The day began with the Liturgy celebrated by Father Job Foote, OSB, leader of the group. All went by van to Pittsburgh, flew to Houston and finally landed at the San Pedro Sula airport after to the last minute closing of the airport in Tegucigalpa. We were met by a van to take passengers to the Ranch and a truck to load up our personal luggage and the duffle bags of donations from the generous people of St. Nicholas Parish in Nicktown, Pennsylvania. The trip was long, but we saw the beautiful countryside as well as the many poverty stricken places.
It was a joy to come back to Honduras. While three people were experiencing the Ranch for the first time, four of us and Father Job had visited last summer. During the morning, we took turns and helped with chores in the kitchen, farm, tortilla hut, and the nurse in our group assisted in the on-site surgery center. The afternoon found us either resting in San Cristobal, the visitor quarters, or meandering through the beautiful 2,000 acre grounds. Read more...
Susan and Stephen Sangenario
Meeting at Last
In 1990, our parish priest at St. Gregory Church in Virginia Beach, Fr. Job Foote, had just arrived from Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”) Honduras after serving as chaplain for several years. He asked some of us to sponsor a child at NPH. We sponsored the Elvir Cruz family, and our Godson is Yostin.
After eight wonderful years of correspondence with Yostin, we decided it was time to meet him in person. My son Stephen and I decided to go during the 2008 Easter break. All it took was a simple e-mail to NPH, and it was all settled that we would be picked up at the airport on March 24. We were met by Wilson Escoto and Selvin Calucha, who both could speak English. And a big plus: Wilson had a Red Sox hat on! Read more . . .
Gallo Pinto and Cold Showers: My week as a Pequeño
During February vacation, my mom and I spent 10 days at NPH Nicaragua. Prior to that, my 7th grade class and I collected donations like clothes, games, and sports equipment to give the children. My Spanish teacher even had my Spanish class write letters to the boys and girls, and they wrote back!
This was my second trip to Nicaragua, visiting the children at Casa Asis and on the island of Ometepe. We spent a day baking cookies at Casa Asis, the orphanage for the younger boys and girls. Sister Alanna, a very nice lady, is the supervisor there, and is doing a great job. There we saw the kids that my parents and brother sponsor; Geraldo, Lester, and Enrique. These 3 brothers arrived at Casa Asis two years earlier (when we first visited Nicaragua as a family), looking hungry and dirty- and now look clean, well-fed, and happy. The rest of the time, we were at Ometepe, in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, where the children aged 8-16 years live.
I LOVED my time at the orphanage on Ometepe. I thought the kids were awesome, and had great tios and tias (the adults who take care of them, each one living with 8-10 children in a dormitory setting). After spending almost a week on Ometepe, I learned what a regular day is like for the kids. Read more . . .
Mary Beth and Hap Enderson
Good Morning, Grannie!
I met Betty and Alfredo, the directors of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for "Our Little Brothers and Sisters") Peru, in 1995 when I joined Padre Wasson’s awesome NPH family. They were completing years of service in Nicaragua’s new NPH home before attending college in Miami, Florida. Betty and Alfredo are just like our own children and their daughter Naomi is our beloved granddaughter.
When we arrived at NPH Peru at the beginning of December, we brought seven bags filled with shoes, clothes, candy, toys, school supplies, and cake decorating equipment to celebrate Christmas in Peru.
People always ask, “What do you do at NPH?” My Spanish is terrible. But I visit so every child will have a grandmother! I love these pequeños and they quickly learn to love me in return. Read more . . .
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