Dec 2, 2019

The civic center in Pieve Torina

The civic center. Rendering.
The civic center. Rendering.

The village of Pieve Torina (Macerata province) was deeply affected by the earthquake. We were very happy to see how the maternity school built by the Rava Foundation and donated to the population brought new hopes for the future, although the families still live in makeshift temporary houses and winter is coming.

The project of the civic center and sports center is considered by everyone like an opportunity to keep the community together.

We are happy to announce that the excavation works have been completed, and the first stone laying ceremony will be held on December 9th.

During the excavations, archaeological remains have been discovered that testify to the antiquity of the first settlements in the area. This discovery was certanily important, though it slowered the works a bit.

The construcion work will take about 7 months if the project gets fully funded. We woulld like to inaugurate the new building by the end of the school year, in June 2020.

We pledge our donors to continue donating so that we can meet this deadline and help the community of Pieve Torina in its struggle to rebuild their future.

Grazie di cuore!

The infant school donated by the Rava Foundation
The infant school donated by the Rava Foundation

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Oct 15, 2019

Rebuilding update #7

In the past months our NPH México Rebuilding Force has concentrated on delivering new homes to middle school boys, young girls and kindergarten children. You can scroll the report attached to see the photos of the new houses. 

We would now like to mention two events that marked the summer months at NPH Mèxico, two happy moments for our NPH family!

In July NPH Mexico students donned their black gowns and threw their caps into the air as they celebrated graduation with loved ones and friends.

It happens once a year, but it is always an important week on the NPH Mexico calendar: when the pequeños take center stage and enjoy the fruits of their hard work in front of teachers, school principals, home directors, godparents, families, and friends. The Class of 2019 was no different, with a total of 221 students graduating, consisting of kindergarten, elementary and middle school, and high school pequeños.

Rafael Bermudez, NPH National Director, explained, “Seeing our children graduate is a personal joy. I believe that we break the cycle of extreme poverty through education. I see how NPH supports education and finds the best educational talent to support the children. I’m so very proud.”

NPH Mexico celebrated its 65th Anniversary on Friday, 2 August 2019, marking the date that Father William B. Wasson founded the organization and the NPH Family.

Members of the Hermanos Mayores program, pequeños who grew up in NPH Mexico, began the weekend festivities in Cuernavaca gathering with friends of our home who have been close to us all these years.

The celebration continued on Saturday at the NPH Mexico home in Miacatlán  when our guests, NPH children, and youth kicked off a day of sporting activities, beginning with the traditional men’s soccer tournament followed up by men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball tournaments and, for the first time, a women’s soccer tournament. The funfair was a lot of fun for our smallest kids who passed many hours enjoying themselves on the many different rides while taking advantage of the food and sodas laid out for this special date. Guests were finally treated to Los Chinelos, traditional dance and music from Morelos.

Thank you for following and supporting our NPH family!

 


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Oct 7, 2019

Urgent Update on Haiti Crisis.

We share the urgent appeal of Reinhart Köhler, President of NPH International, and we ask donors through GlobalGiving to support our program in Haiti. Thank you.

 

Dear Friends of the Extended NPH Family,
I am writing you today to share with you our deep concern for our NPH Family in Haiti and for the people of Haiti in general. Over the last year and a half, living conditions in Haiti have deteriorated resulting in prolonged and serious social unrest, protests, road blocks, and generalized violence. Yet, the international media has paid scant attention to a dire situation that is costing hundreds of lives and putting in jeopardy an entire nation.
This letter is not to explain the reasons for the protests, though I venture to say that the dire circumstances in which the Haitian people live would create the same protests in any other country. This message is to highlight the consequences of the upheaval especially for our children, staff, and volunteers.
The road blocks create a situation that results in shortages of fuel, food, and other essential supplies. At Kay St. Helene, we have food for seven more days. The hope is to be able to resupply the home when things are calmer and we can get through to the home; however, it is very difficult even to find food to purchase. And even if we find food and try to bring it to our children’s home there is always the possibility that with so many suffering hunger, a group will stop the vehicle and take the food.
Usually, we supply our home with water using water trucks. The trucks now cannot make it to the home. So our children walk three miles to a fountain to fetch water in gallon jugs and buckets and haul the water walking back to the home again three miles. The water needs to be treated with purification tablets which are now in short supply.
The only vehicles that can make it through the road blocks (but not always) are ambulances of which we own two. We use them to carry out the most urgent logistics moving essential staff to and from the hospital, and we do hope to acquire an additional ambulance to respond to the many situations requiring urgent assistance. The banks have not opened for three days and we do not know when we might have access to funds. So basically it is extremely difficult to find essential supplies; and the few we find are sold at a premium. Yet, we do not have enough cash to purchase the supplies because the banks are closed.
There are many other dreadful situations such as the inability to attend to medical emergencies, the piling up of unsanitary garbage, dead bodies in the morgue without space for additional bodies, no schooling, and loss of income due to inoperability of income producing programs. This situation holds true for every individual living in Haiti and any organization trying to fulfill its mission. Many of the Hermanos and Hermanas Mayores of the NPFS Family have approached us for help to support them and their families for all the same reasons.
Finally, the safety of everyone is a top priority, yet many of our staff expose themselves to danger because otherwise the harmful consequences to the children of NPFS and the patients of St. Damien would be immeasurable. We urgently need to increase the security services to our facilities to protect the children, patients, and staff as the desperation among the population grows with every day that the chaos continues.

Sincerely,
Reinhart Köhler, President

 
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