Since 1996, NPH Guatemala has been able to offer a loving home for over 350 orphaned, abandoned and at-risk children. Thanks to many generous donations in 1997, permanent property was purchased and plans for the site were developed. Due to budget shortages, the construction was delayed several times, but finally in August 2003 the basic buildings were completed and they family was able to move from the rented facilities into their new home. The children’s home, named Casa San Andres, is situated 1500 meters above sea level in Guatemala’s highlands, about an hour from Guatemala City in Parramos.
In 2000, Casa San Andres opened its doors to impoverished children from the community to offer educational scholarships. The program has been so successful that the home now has over 300 external students. Apart from the school campus, there are dormitories for the children who permanently live at the home, kitchen and common dining room, library and a computer room. There is also an administrative complex, staff and volunteer housing, and five workshops where the older children receive vocational training (bakery, sewing, welding, hand crafts and carpentry). A clinic serves the children and staff of NPH, but also provides medical assistance to people from the surrounding communities. Construction would not have been possible without the support of numerous groups of Canadian volunteers, who have helped with their financial donations and working spirit over the past 10 years.
A major goal for NPH Guatemala is to expand the existing Montessori pre-school program into he primary school grades. The Montessori coordinator and team have begun afternoon classes to teach the primary school teachers the Montessori educational philosophy. As this change occurs, more and more of our primary classes will be held in the new Montessori building in the future. Another goal is to take the next steps in creating a more advanced workshop program giving our students the option to earn a technical degree that is the equivalent of a high school diploma.
On behalf of our pequeños, caregivers, staff, and volunteers, we are grateful for the continued support of our large family. Thanks to donors generosity, love, and desire to help the children of NPH Guatemala, we can continue pursuing our mission of raising young individuals who have the tools they need to become productive members of their respective societies.
NPH Guatemala is led by Chris Hoyt, along with over 140 dedicated staff.