The Gift of Gratitude
University graduates reflect on the support they received at NPH Mexico.
April 4, 2012 - Mexico
Anyone who has attended a university graduation knows how exciting it is to see a loved one graduate. This year at NPH Mexico the feeling was multiplied as we proudly celebrated 18 university graduates! The moment our young adults turned their tassels, one could almost hear the resounding boom of the chains of poverty falling to the floor. They have broken the cycle of poverty by earning their university degree and their futures are full of opportunities!
We celebrated graduates in accounting, business administration, finance, communication, nursing, information technology, engineering, tourism, and education. Through the support that they received at NPH, our graduates are fully prepared to become independent, successful young adults. I want to take this opportunity to share the gratitude the graduates expressed to me for the many people who unconditionally loved and supported them at NPH. All of them know that without such support they would have had drastically different lives.
Our graduates celebrated mass prior to their graduation ceremony. Elias, an Information Technology graduate, reads from the scripture during mass.
Our graduates are grateful to have been a part of NPH because they always had someone who believed in them. Children come to NPH for many reasons and often arrive thinking that their lives have been destroyed beyond the point of repair. They have lost loved ones, hope, and faith. However, when they come to NPH, little by little we provide them with all they believed they had lost. They are surrounded by caregivers and volunteers who encourage them to achieve their dreams through hard work and education. They are taught by teachers who take the time to ensure that they will succeed in school. They receive letters from godparents who, without ever having met them, provide love and encouragement. All of these factors combine to provide our children with the support they need to pursue their dreams in life.
One of our graduates Magdaleno arrived at NPH when he was 15 years old after having lived with various family members because his mother abandoned him and his father died. Now, as a university graduate, he reflects, “I was 15 and rebellious; I didn’t want anyone to help me. Who would believe in me?” The answer was NPH. NPH believed in him and his ability to grow and succeed. Truly believing in our children and offering them the ability to pursue their dreams is what makes NPH special.
As one graduate stated, all of the people who supported him throughout his time at NPH are a part of his past, present, and future. They helped to shape him as a person, they made him who he is today, and his future is full of possibilities. I heard it time and time again from our graduates, “I don’t know what would have become of me if it weren’t for NPH.”
Gratitude truly is a gift. People who are grateful have had many people bless and enrich their lives and that is exactly what these graduates received at NPH. We give thanks to all who support NPH and believe in the children we serve. You are truly making a difference in their lives!