In 1999, Father Wasson founded the sixth NPH orphanage in Santa Ana, El Salvador. As with the other NPH homes, his decision was based on the needs of the many neglected and abandoned children. El Salvador is still devastated after their 12-year civil war. The rate of violence and crime is very high and many children became orphans because of the war.
In December 2004, the last of the buildings in Texistepeque were completed and the family moved into their new home Sagrada Familia. The property includes a preschool through secondary school, clinic, administrative offices, chapel, vocational workshops, farm and gardens, dining room and kitchen; houses for the boys, girls and the babies. Currently 348 children and youths live in the Sagrada Familia home or in the high school and university student homes in Santa Ana.
The year 2011 was particularly difficult for our family in El Salvador. The government issued a mandated law, called LEPINA (“Law for the Integral Protection of Children”), in which they have faced and fought against. Under this law, the government searches for our children’s relatives and even if the relatives are not able to properly care for our children, the children have had to say goodbye to our NPH family and embrace a new journey without us.
NPH El Salvador has a strong educational program housed in modern, well-equipped classes. All students attend the academic program as well as the vocational programs. There is a preschool program, primary school which includes grades 1-6 and the secondary school, comprised of grades 7-9. Students begin vocational studies during the 7th grade year and may choose from carpentry, tailoring, welding, and baking.
After completion of the secondary program, students usually enter the Bachillerato program which is preparation for university studies. Universities are located in Santa Ana enabling NPH to house our university students in the same houses as our bachilerato students. Students who do not attend the universities may attend technical schools, studying computers and nursing.
We would like to thank everyone involved with NPH inside and outside of our home; thanks for your hard work, commitment and support. Your help and efforts make our children feel the desire to go reach any goal that they might otherwise think is impossible.
NPH El Salvador is led by Olegario Campos and his wife, along with over 100 dedicated staff.