A mature twelve year old is supported by his siblings while he tries to accept his place at NPH.
February 27, 2013 - Guatemala
With some children, it is easy to see the adult they will be in ten or fifteen years. They express themselves well, act with undeniable maturity, and hold conversations with adults as equals. Ludwin, a fourth grader in the primary school at Casa San Andrés, is one such child.Ludwin came to NPH Guatemala as many children do, with a family that he loves and adults who, for whatever reason, were unable to care for him. After three years living at the home, Ludwin has adjusted to life at Casa San Andrés and is well liked by the other children, teachers, and care givers.
However, Ludwin, who is now twelve years old, still has conflicted feelings about living at the home where he is joined by three of his seven siblings. His remaining siblings are cared for by his father in Guatemala City. They have not seen their mother for six years since she left the family to live with another man.
Ludwin understands that his opportunities for the future are better at NPH. He knows that there is a greater possibility of completing high school and university in staying at NPH Guatemala. With regards to the care and support he receives, it is also better for him to be here. In an unguarded moment he describes his life outside of San Andrés as “bad” and even “very bad.”
Although he is generally happy at NPH, living away from his father and some of his siblings is something Ludwin has struggled with since he arrived at the home. When asked where he wants to be, Ludwin responded that he would “like to be in both places at once.”
It helps to have his siblings at the home. Ludwin likes to spend time with them and considers them his best friends here. According to Tío Esvin, who has been a care giver for Ludwin since he arrived, they all look after one another. His older sister, Alejandra, went to Esvin recently to inquire about how Ludwin was doing after he had been having some troubles with his schoolwork.
Generally, Ludwin has a very positive presence at school. His teacher, Professor Luis Eduardo, says that Ludwin is very active and participates well in class. He is talkative, sometimes talking too much, but as a whole Luis Eduardo would describe Ludwin as “a leader.”
Esvin agrees with this description. He sees Ludwin as a nice, respectful, talkative boy who only has problems if he feels that other children are intentionally trying to provoke him. Ludwin, showing great insight into his own character, recognizes this part of himself. He doesn’t feel as if he can control his anger when this occurs, but he is aware that his reaction could be problematic.
Ludwin is truly admired and appreciated by all who know him here at NPH. He is introspective about his own personality and still conflicted at times about living at Casa San Andrés rather than with his father. Hopefully, the positivity, expressiveness, and underlying maturity in Ludwin’s character will help him come to terms with these feelings so that he will know he is a welcomed member of the family at NPH Guatemala as well as in his own family outside of the home.
You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson