The life of a child enjoying time with friends, siblings and playing hide-and-seek.
February 21, 2013 - Mexico
Natalia is eleven years old and has been a part of the NPH family since she was eight. In 2010, she entered our home with her two older siblings because their parents were unable to properly care for them and they were living in an unhealthy environment.
Natalia is now in the fifth grade and says that she really enjoys going to school. Her favorite subject is math because it is easy for her and she learns a lot. She especially likes learning about fractions. Natalia is proud to be able to continue with her studies, and she looks forward to celebrating her sixth grade graduation next year, starting middle school, and one day finishing her studies by earning a university degree. She would like to study art, and when she grows up she wants to be a teacher. She would like to eventually teach the third grade.
Natalia with her friends and caregiver
The thing that Natalia is most grateful for is the opportunity to live at NPH. Natalia says that she has enjoyed her experience in the home, growing up here, and everything about being a part of the NPH family. At our home in Miacatlan, there are many activities for the children to participate in from sports, to music, and art. Natalia says that of all the activities at the home her favorite is swimming. She enjoys spending time in the pool. It is a way for her to have fun and escape the hot afternoons. In her free time, Natalia likes to spend time playing with her friends. Her favorite game to play with them is hide-and-seek, and her favorite place to hide is in the trees. Her caregiver Andrea says, “It’s really fun for the kids to play here as the house is so big and there are so many places to hide.” Andrea says Natalia is both a good hider and a good finder. She fondly remembers one time when Natalia was hiding in the tree while she was hiding near the base of the tree below. When an iguana ran by them and scared Andrea, she and Natalia were both discovered. Andrea was being scared by the iguana, which caused Natalia to begin laughing at the scene below.
Andrea describes Natalia as, “One of the girls who always has a smile on her face. She is helpful and nice to everyone. You can see she has a really big heart, and she’s really close with her siblings. You can tell they’re very important to her.”
You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson