NPH Bolivia: 100 Children and Counting!
In a remote lowland village surrounded by trees and expansive green fields, resides the ninth NPH home, Casa Padre Wasson. The Bolivian family began in April 2005 and has expanded to their own property with ten family-style homes that house over 100 children, volunteers and employees (there are now nine homes for children - four boys, four girls, and one for the babies - and one home for the volunteers). Since Bolivia is the poorest country in South America, NPH is eager to grow and offer a permanent family to more impoverished children.
Since the relocation to the main facility in 2008, three more homes have been built to receive new family members. Construction of a community clinic and four classrooms for our primary students were completed in 2013 to offer more services to the NPH children and surrounding villages. In addition three houses for volunteers, visitors and staff members were built till 2014. In the following year, a second school building, baby house and a house for the older girls was added. In 2016, a fish farm was successfully completed and the milking cow project is currently in progress with an estimated thirty cows by years end.
NPH Bolivia is fortunate to be near the community of Portachuelo, where our secondary children attend the local parish school and church. The home is proud to have seven university students (four males and three female) who are living in Santa Cruz and return to NPH on the weekends and during their vacation.
Being the newest NPH home, the family is still working on many projects. Creating a sustainable agriculture and animal production project is one goal. This would grant the home more independence of the high food prices and these programs help to involve youths in the production and planning process.
NPH Bolivia is led by 35 staff.
|High School Graduates: 2|
|Primary Graduates: 13|
|Kindergarten Graduates: 5|
|Holy Sacraments: 25|
|2005: ||Home opened in Santa Cruz with a family of six children|
|2007: ||Construction began at new home site, Casa Padre Wasson|
|2008: ||Six houses and dining hall were completed|
| ||Family moved to new location with 50 children|
|2009: ||First three pequeños graduated from high school|
|2010: ||Two more homes were constructed|
|2011: ||National Director house was constructed|
| ||Home population reach 100 children|
| ||First three pequeños began university|
|2012: ||Baby house was constructed|
| ||Vegetable garden and livestock program began|
|2013: ||Opening of school, clinic and volunteer house|
|2014: ||Visitor’s and caregiver house slated to be completed|
|2015: ||Construction of two children’s homes|
| ||Development of milking cows project|
|2016: ||Completed fish cultivation project|
| ||Expansion and inauguration of second school building|