Mexico: an urgent school for the children of NPH

by Fondazione Francesca Rava Nph Italia Onlus
Mexico: an urgent school for the children of NPH
Mexico: an urgent school for the children of NPH
Mexico: an urgent school for the children of NPH
Mexico: an urgent school for the children of NPH
Mexico: an urgent school for the children of NPH
Mexico: an urgent school for the children of NPH
Mexico: an urgent school for the children of NPH
Mexico: an urgent school for the children of NPH
Mexico: an urgent school for the children of NPH
Mexico: an urgent school for the children of NPH
Mexico: an urgent school for the children of NPH
Mexico: an urgent school for the children of NPH
Mexico: an urgent school for the children of NPH
Mexico: an urgent school for the children of NPH
Mexico: an urgent school for the children of NPH
Mexico: an urgent school for the children of NPH
Mexico: an urgent school for the children of NPH
Mexico: an urgent school for the children of NPH
Mexico: an urgent school for the children of NPH
Mexico: an urgent school for the children of NPH
Mexico: an urgent school for the children of NPH
Mexico: an urgent school for the children of NPH

To begin this year, we want to inform you about some actions we were able to carry out thanks to the great support of all of you in the family of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos México during 2021.


Dear friends,


This year we received 33 children from different states of Mexico. 70% of them came to us from conditions of extreme poverty, mainly from indigenous communities where they did not have the opportunity to go to school. I am proud to see how they have adapted to life in the homes of NPH Mexico. Our home, “Ciudad de los Niños”, in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, celebrated 12 years of existence. We are happy that two young people from that home are now college graduates!


We had 165 graduates in total, 9 of them are now University Graduates and qualified Engineers! We celebrated graduations behind closed doors to continue protecting our children and young people from contagion.


All our young people over 15 years of age received the two doses of the COVID vaccine, as did all our staff. Our team of doctors and nurses have very attentively given talks about safety measures to avoid contagion, and the entire staff has made an enormous effort to implement all the necessary measures. In addition, the vaccination schedule for the youngest children was completed.


The pandemic has been a challenge for everyone, and even more in in our case, where we care for over 600 boys, girls, and youths. I know it has been difficult, especially for the little ones, as we had to suspend face-to-face classes, outings, family visits, and other events to protect them.


Despite all the care and strict prevention protocols we implemented since the beginning of the pandemic, we had some children and adolescents infected with COVID. This was the case of our university students. In addition to studying, the university students do their internships in companies and use public transportation. However, they were all caught early and we were able to act rapidly and provide them with the necessary medical care to prevent the virus from spreading to the rest of our population. I want to thank all the collaborators, the children, and young people for their patience and responsibility to take care of themselves.


There were difficult moments this year when I felt hopeless, not knowing where to go next. I reread all of Father Wasson’s books looking for inspiration and ideas, and we managed to put several measures into practice. We turned to our sponsors and donors and their response was so wonderful that it encouraged me to move ahead and sleep in peace. Thank you, thank you very much for the invaluable support you gave us immediately, we are forever grateful!


During the summer holidays, we were able to gather all the children, youth, and adolescents who live in our homes so that they could share time together. Something that I really appreciate is the coexistence between our children and adolescents of all ages. When someone asks them, what do you like most about NPH? Most of them answer, “my friends.”


I am proud of each child and our staff who have made such a great effort to overcome obstacles regardless of the circumstances. It has not been easy, but each one has contributed with suggestions, ideas, time, and a lot of love for NPH. Once again, we have been able to confirm that NPH is a real family!


We end 2021 with faith knowing that with the help of God and our benefactors, Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos will continue to be the home of many Mexican children and adolescents who today have the opportunity to get ahead. I have hope for the future, hope helps us to be strong and trust in a better tomorrow, and that is how I see the life of each one of our children.


I am so grateful, you have made possible everything we achieved!


United in the Mission,


Rafael Bermúdez Gutiérrez
National Director, NPH Mexic

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Dear friends,

I hope you and your loved ones are well and healthy. Today I felt the need to share my concerns with you, I confess that I have been on the verge of not receiving more children in Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos. Sometimes I feel that the water reaches our necks with so many expenses and that the economic situation is more difficult every day for everyone. 

We recently received 33 children from Chiapas, Ecatepec, and Guerrero from the most terrible conditions of vulnerability, suffering, and abandonment. We are happy that at last, they will have a new chance at life, a future of hope, and that little by little they will recover their self-esteem and their rights as human beings and as children loved by God.

Today I need you more than ever, I ask for your help in whatever way you can support us. We know that we are working together for the children and that only with your generosity can we move forward to change their lives and make a real difference for them, their families and communities, and for Mexico.

Thank you, thank you so much in advance for what you can do for our children!

Rafael Bermúdez Gutiérrez
National Director

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Dear friends.

For months now, NPH Mexico staff have worn face masks and transparent full-face plastic shields when working inside the homes. Other items such as thermometers and protective suits for the medical staff, supplies for virus contagion prevention such as sheets, mattresses, towels, etc., had to be purchased. As a result, more than US$16,000 has been spent that was not budgeted. To help prevent COVID-19 infections, NPH Mexico has made wearing a face mask mandatory for all children and adolescents inside the homes. So far, 420 reusable masks have been distributed in the home in Miacatlán and 200 in Cuernavaca, with each mask costing Mex$5.50 (US$0.30).

The COVID-19 pandemic has stressed NPH’s budget, due the increased price of food and supplies. The National Director of NPH Mexico, Rafael Bermúdez, says, “We have added the price of basic food and hygiene products and disinfectants which we are using in large amounts and which have risen considerably in cost. For example, the cost of eggs has risen approximately 20% in much of the country. As expected, people are buying medical and cleaning supplies, food, and other products in large quantities. Thus, we must be prepared, considering our large population, with over 400 children alone in Miacatlán.”

The current high COVID-19 infection rate in Morelos means that fight against it continues. To be able to face this challenge, NPH Mexico is requesting support to purchase the following items.

- Portable Oxygen concentrator machine - AIRSEP 10 L

- Respiratory Hygiene Station Boxes

- Hand-Free Sanitizer Dispensers

- PCR Tests for COVID-19

- Antibody Tests for COVID-19

- Three-ply Cloth Masks

- Goggles

- Boxes of Non-Sterile Gloves

- Wall-Mounted Infrared Forehead K3 Pro Thermometer with Stand

- Non-Contact Instant Reading Digital Temperature Detector

- Multivitamins (100 caplet bottles)

- Posters with information for COVID-19 prevention, size 50x35 inches

- Basic Vital Signs Digital Monitor

Preventing COVID-19 in the NPH homes is a challenge. Primary health care for this requires using rapid tests, personal protective equipment, monitoring equipment, disinfectant supplies, medication, vitamins, and careful monitoring of the patients and the high-risk groups. In addition, NPH Mexico promotes these preventive methods and safeguarding tips through discussions, murals, and banners placed throughout the homes. These can serve not only during the pandemic but also to prevent other conditions.

On another front, the Psychology Department monitors the children and adolescents to detect and treat any mental health issues due to being confined for over a year, a long time for a child or youth.

The Social Work Department has kept the children's families informed that the children are in good health and protected from the pandemic.

The effort to protect the children and youths must continue and strengthen every day, not only in the homes in the state of Morelos but also in the other two NPH homes in northern Mexico.

We would like to thank our donors and godparents for the love and support they have given the NPH Mexico family during this crisis. This is a difficult time for everybody, with many people having to make personal and financial sacrifices. Any help you can support us with right now is most appreciated.

Children at Casa San Salvador
Children at Casa San Salvador
Bedrooms at Casa San Salvador receive fumigation
Bedrooms at Casa San Salvador receive fumigation
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Dear the World!

During this COVID-19, I have been feeling stressed and frustrated with online studies. I know that going to school is not the same as studying online because the topics I have learned are harder to understand in comparison to a teacher explaining and telling me if what I’m doing is correct or not. This has been a huge challenge for me, but I’m sure that when I attend university, it will be easier to handle, and also I’ll have a better comprehension of the topics I’ll study.

I’m also worried because I’m not able to do the same things I used to do, such as enjoy the companionship of my friends, walk to school with my friends, and talk about the things we see on the way to school. My family lives in the state of Guerrero; my grandparents are older and I don’t want them to be infected by this virus and not be able to see them again. I feel sad because I can’t talk to them. In the area where they live, there is no phone signal. Furthermore, due to the pandemic my little siblings haven’t been accepted to enter NPH yet. I hope this ends soon so they can come to the home and we can be together again.

I want to tell my family to keep calm because at home: we have had the necessary measures to avoid contagion at NPH Mexico. I also want to tell them to take this seriously because in my home town people have their own beliefs and don’t pay attention to what actually happens. Every day I’m praying for their safety and health.

During these uncertain times, I have learned that we should give more value to the people that surround us: our friends, our family, and my godparents that care for me. I have learned to enjoy my new NPH family and the incredible moments we have together. I’ve also learned the values that our Father William Wasson left us.

Thanks to what we are currently living through, I’m now assigned for being responsible for our library, which is a great opportunity because one of the things I love most is to read in my spare time. I love this new assignment. I know it is a huge responsibility because I have to control the books I lend out. I have proposed that children read books in the library, but there are too many and thus, I don’t know where to begin. I’m really thankful for this opportunity they have given me and I’m going to make the best of it.

After concluding my first year of high school, I am preparing for different activities such as origami, how to prepare fruit-flavored soft drinks, and how to make typical Mexican sweets, as well as how to save money and learn to create a successful business. My favorite activities are emotional sciences, typical Mexican sweets, and origami. I like them so much that I’m going to teach my siblings when they join me here. We have had sports activities like soccer, basketball, and volleyball; though my team hasn’t won, the most important part is to have fun and enjoy my friends’ company.

Regarding my godparents, donors, and caregivers, I just want to tell you that I’m really happy to have you near me, supporting me in the easiest and hardest moments. I want you to know you are always in my heart and I’ll never forget you. I hope you are well, and I pray for you so this pandemic doesn’t get to your homes and families. I thank you with my heart for all your efforts to keep this family moving on.




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NPH Mexico fully comprehends that donors and sponsors are concerned about the children during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Johns Hopkins University and Medicine, over 700,000 people in Mexico have contracted the virus, resulting in over 70,000 deaths. Such news can provoke worry amongst members of the NPH family, near or far.

Fortunately, the children are well, with health and care staff following the prevention measures established by the World Health Organization and local authorities in the country in order to keep the COVID-19 virus out of the NPH Mexico homes.

However, the staff have had to face new challenges, especially as the children have a lot of energy to burn caused by the anxieties of the quarantine. Therefore, caregivers had had to be creative in finding activities to keep them occupied with recreational activities, by organizing soccer matches and board games, amongst other activities. One of the activities children have most enjoyed has been through artistic pursuits, some of which have involved creating images using natural resources and materials, such as tree leaves, to help the children release the stress caused by the pandemic.

The children are aware of the impact of the pandemic in other countries and worry for the health of their godparents and their families, praying to God to ensure their safety. The children also know that with your help it has been possible to continue fighting against COVID-19, receiving healthy food, face masks, antibacterial gel, and all the necessary preventive measures to face this pandemic. 

NPH Mexico sincerely hopes that you are all well and the children send you greetings and a virtual hug

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