Friday, 6 July 2012

Update and Testimony from fellow kiwi Laura Wilson

These past couple of weeks have been busy, busy, busy working to
support our children of NPH. The turnout of volunteers, donors, and
support is rapidly increasing and we could not be more grateful for
our supporters.
The harsh realities of the economic crisis are affecting the lives of
children around the world - the NPH Honduras home was hit with an
unexpected government mandated minimum wage increase of 69%. Food,
clothes, educational materials–everything from beans to batteries have
gone up in price but NPH will not close it's doors to children in
need.  This crisis situation meant we needed to spring into action and

this past week, we held an event, Talking Trends, and the turnout was
absolutely fabulous.
Over 100 people came and listened to guest speakers Jeremy Hansen,
Editor of HOME NZ magazine and Debbie Cavit, interior designer
and
owner of Cavit&Co. Guests learned all about the latest trends in

fashion, interior design and architecture over a glass of wine.

The very entertaining Stephen from Harcourts gave the crowd the chance
to put their bidding hands into action on a number of auction items
including jewellery from Wunderkammer, boutique accommodation in
Arrowtown and Terrace Down's Resort,make up from Glamorpuss and a
tango dinner show at Besos Latinos restaurant.

NPH New Zealand would not be where we are today without the love and
support from our donors. We want to thank to everyone who attended our
event! It was a very successful evening & a lot was learnt about
emerging trends. We also want to thank Suzanne, a gracious donor and

supporter of our children who donated $1,000 to improve the lives of
the children at NPH. A very special thanks to guest speakers Jeremy
Hansen, Debbie Cavit,  Glengarry for sponsoring the delicious wine,
Besos Latinos for catering & the amazing NPH volunteers!

With that, I want to share a testimonial from the inspiring kiwi,
Laura Wilson, who spent her summer months at NPH Dominican Republic

giving back to the children of NPH. Laura left her mark at NPH
Dominican Republic through her summer course of dance, especially when
the songs “Waka Waka” or “Boom Boom Pow” are played. To this day, the

children continue to do the dances Laura taught them the summer she
was here, which was 2 years ago.


 

My name is Laura Wilson from New Zealand. I first heard about Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos when I was living in Chile, teaching English. I had already spent a year in Brazil on exchange when I was 17 so I had seen some of the harsh realities of Latin American poverty, which was unlike anything I had ever seen in New Zealand. I had volunteered in an after-school childcare centre for children living in poverty and had loved it, so when I a good friend told me about NPH and then another friend, Krisitna Cavit actually went to the Dominican Republic and lived at one of the homes, I knew it was something I wanted to be apart of.



I applied to work over the Dominican Summer, which starts late June, as a dance/aerobics instructor. When I walked onto the grounds of NPH I was instantly taken aback. I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was and how happy and healthy the children were. I think a lot of people envisage that an orphanage will be a terribly sad and depressing place, just as I had, but it was the complete opposite! The children were so full of life and energy, and I was amazed at how organized and beautiful the grounds were.

I spent around two months working and living with the children. During the week I taught dance and on the weekends we did different activities, such as sports, treasure hunts and movie nights. I loved every second of it and definitely plan to go back to either visit or work in the near future. Their lives were very simple by comparison, but they had everything they needed from education to dental care. I was blown away by the support from individuals around the world, at NPH I really learnt that a little can go a long way



I was also impressed by how much responsibility the children were given. They were taught to help serve dinners, wash their clothes and clean the bathrooms. From the get go they are taught to be responsible for their actions and be independent young men and women. The other volunteers were also of a high standard. The application process is very professional so volunteers must be very passionate and hard working to get accepted, which is really comforting. All the people I worked with were incredibly dedicated and loving people.
I have found that some people I talk to in recent years have lost faith in NGO’s saying that they can’t trust where their money goes and that too much of it just gets spent on marketing and salaries. However, after having experienced NPH first-hand, I can truly say that every penny is well spent and these children are so incredibly grateful to get the financial help they need from the more fortunate. Anybody who gets the opportunity to work at one of the NPH homes or support a NPH child will not regret it. It was an incredible experience and I learned just as much from these beautiful children, if not more, than they did from me.
 
Laura Wilson

Summer Volunteer at NPH-DR in 2010