Aug 27, 2019

Haiti report #2

In these days of sultry heat, a glass of water refreshes you. 

But what would you do if you didn't have water?

In Haiti it is hot all year round. 

For the children of this country, water is survival,  people still die from the consequences of hunger and thirst. There is a lack of drinking water, aqueducts and infrastructure, families have to walk for miles to get it by buying it from public fountains or tank trucks.

Sustainable collection and treatment of sewage is practically non-existent throughout the country, and only 24 percent of Haitians have access to a toilet. Low access to clean water and improved sanitation make it easier for certain diseases to spread. After the 2010 earthquake, a cholera epidemic broke out. The average number of cases has decreased since 2010 but increase every year due to heavy rains season.

According to a study conducted by The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, "close to 70% of Haiti population does not have direct access to potable water." Access to clean, fresh water is the main concern in Haiti, contaminated water is also one of the leading causes of childhood illness and the very high infant death rate in Haiti (57 for every 1000 births).

Please help us support Fr Rick and his team. They are providing water trucks every day to the slum in Cite Soleil and many other neighborhoods surrounding Port-au-Prince, as well as to the the NPH St Helène home in Kenscoff, where almost 1000 children between residents and others coming form the community need to drink every day.

NPH children at St Helene in Kenscoff
NPH children at St Helene in Kenscoff
Jul 15, 2019

Rebuilding update #5

We are glad to share the latest accomplishments from our rebuilding team in Miacatlàn. 

Recently at Casa San Salvador the construction of 2 new homes was completed, and 3 other homes were entirely refurbished. Two beautiful new houses offer nice spaces and privacy to 32 girls and their caretakers, while San Tarsico and San Juan Diego are the houses where 32 boys enjoy their own space and study area. For the little ones Casa Santos Inocentes offer now a large playing area full of light and fresh air.

In this letter we would like to take a bit of your time to mention  that in 2019 we celebrate the 55th anniversary of NPH.

Our founder Fr William Wasson started the mission of Nuerstos Pequenos Hermanos in Cuernavaca, México, giving shelter to the first pequenos: it was the first chapter of a long story of love and security, responsibility, sharing, work, faith and service.

In 1954, a child was arrested for stealing the box of alms from a parish in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. A young priest, from the United States, Father William Wasson, was not willing to press charges against the young man, instead of asking for custody of the boy. A week later the judge sent him eight more homeless boys. At the end of the year, there were already 32 children, and "Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos" was born. 

In the fertile valley that was the personal property of Hernán Cortés, is the place that used to be a sugar plantation and today it is known as Casa San Salvador. This 130-acre site has been the primary location of the NPH Mexico family since 1970. The house is always full of activities with the more than 430 children who live, play and study there and is located in the town of Miacatlán, which is 77 miles south of Mexico City. The Casa San Salvador facilities are very extensive and give the feeling of a small town with cobbled streets, arches full of bougainvillea and a beautiful landscape. On the campus of Casa San Salvador is kindergarten, primary and secondary, there is also a chapel, dining room, kitchen, clinic, offices for administrative staff and a farm with chickens, sheep, pigs, as well as fruit orchards and vegetables.

More than 19,000 children have been raised in the NPH family, which now has homes operating in nine countries: Mexico, Honduras, Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Peru and Bolivia. Currently more than 3300 children are cared for in an environment of love and security.

Your support is so important to the work of NPH. Thank you for joining and supporting our cause.

Welcome to the NPH Family!

May 21, 2019

Haiti Report #1

"We want to share the story of a young mother, Bertina, who one afternoon came to our NPH St. Damien Pediatric Hospital with her infant daughter Sabina. Fr Rick found her standing in the hallway holding her small child. He immediately sensed that something was wrong. While seemigly asleep, the child was, to his eye, lifeless. Sabina was dead, and this poor mother could not accept she had not arrived in time to get assistance. For two hours she kept rocking her child refusing to give her to the nurses and return to her other children waiting for her at home. With great wailing she finally accepted that death had taken her little girl, and gave Sabina's body to Fr Rick.

This is an extract from Father Rick Frechette's letter to family and friends:

This is the kind of thing that happens when roads are blocked with violence, when hatred rules the streets, when mothers are afraid to risk the roads with their sick children.

We have had a few calmer days with minimal riots, and Bertina finally could come to the hospital with Sabina, today.

When the nurses asked her why she didn't come early in the morning, she said that morning was her only chance in the past two weeks to refill her buckets, barrels and jars with water. She could not miss the chance. She needed water for the children, for drinking and cooking, to wash and clean and bathe. She planned to bring Sabina to the hospital after she could assure water for her family.

This is the kind of thing that happens when you live in absolute poverty, when in the hierarchy of needs, all basic and essential, the needs must compete with each other, since you can only choose one at a time.

It is important for all of us to see clearly the rotten fruit of poverty, and violence. 

Its not just about the smashed storefronts, or the burning cars. 

Silently and tragically, at the level of a mother and her child, the consequences are deadly."

Thank you for your help in giving Fr Rick and his team the possiblity reach to mothers and children in need in the streets of Port au Prince.

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