Wednesday, 17 April 2013

NPH Peru - Elliot's Story



In January of this year, Aucklander Elliot McBride traveled to our home in the province of Cañete, which is located in the southern part of the Lima region, and worlds away from the sleepy North Shore village Elliot was raised in.

Established in 2004, Casa Santa Rosa in Cañete houses over 100 children in seven family-style homes. The children attend the local school and there are currently five NPH students studying at the university in Cañete!

Elliot spent over two weeks Casa Santa Rosa and made a huge impact on the children, in particular with the boys who were very taken with Elliot's New Zealand accent and heritage, and thrilled to play soccer with him. Elliot very generously helped repair the children's bikes and even purchased new tools for them!


Arriving in a foreign country can be daunting for anybody, but even more so when the language spoken isn't your own, but Elliot was able to connect with the children regardless, a testament to his character and theirs.
Here is a small excerpt from Elliot, during his time at NPH Peru:

“I've had an amazing two and a half weeks at the NPH Peru orphanage house in San Vicete de Canete, Peru. Whilst these children still have to grapple with their turbulent pasts it is nevertheless a house full of love and smiles. Anyone who knows me knows I don't like cheesy but I have so much love and respect for these kids and the volunteers and staff who make it all possible. Thanks for the opportunity!”




If you are interested in volunteering, sponsoring a child or donating to NPH, please see our website:
http://www.nph-newzealand.org/volunteers


Friday, 5 April 2013

NPH Bolivia - Nicole's story


New Zealander Nicole travelled to NPH home in Bolivia. NPH Bolivia is located in San Ignacio de Sara, near the community of Portachuelo, some 80 kilometers northwest of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, the capital of the department of Santa Cruz. Read her inspiring story below...

I’ve just returned from a week with the most magical family in the world. The NPH home in Bolivia is a vibrant, bustling space where you tend to forget that the children, and many of the staff, have all come from troubled or violent homes.
The grounds are filled with joy and laughter, and all of the children seem genuinely grateful to have been given a new home, and a chance at a better life.

Days begin with a group breakfast before the children go off to school at their scheduled hour. Lunch, another communal event, is followed by various activities such as sports, crafts and homework. I was truly impressed by how smoothly the daily routine runs and the way that everyone has their own little part to play in NPH family life – right down to 10 month old Miguel, whose job it is to make everyone go “awwwwww” every single time they see him.  

I really wasn’t sure what to expect before my visit in October 2012. I had been travelling through South America when a friend who works for the organisation recommended I stay for a week if I had the time. The home is so welcoming and the staff’s passion so contagious, I immediately found myself wanting to return for at least a year.

I believe this passion filters down from the top. Managing Director, Gusman, is extremely hands on (especially during a game of soccer!) and provides an incredible source of inspiration and direction to each and every child. The energy and warmth he exudes is repaid with genuine love and respect from the children and staff alike, and I got the distinct feeling that he sees his role as a privilege rather than a job.

I walked away from NPH feeling many things, among them: grateful to have met so many wonderful people and to have had the chance to make a difference to children’s lives – even if it was just by teaching them a few short words in English; driven to contribute to NPH in any way possible as I feel it is one of the most efficient and effective non-profit organisations I have ever encountered; and sad to be leaving after only one week as it was one of the most enjoyable of my whole trip.

If this is how I felt after just one week, imagine how your life will change after a year – something I intend to find out in the very near future when I return as a fully fledged volunteer.