Life is a daily struggle for many children and families in NPH countries
Poverty is the Problem
Advances in poverty reduction have been made in the last decade but our work is not done. Across Latin America and the Caribbean, millions of disadvantaged children and youths are in need of basic services. The facts and numbers can be overwhelming but through the help of our international community of donors, volunteers, and staff, NPH is making a positive difference and breaking the cycle of poverty.
Child Poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean
Children and young people have different needs than those in the adult population and are wholly dependent on the adults in their lives to care for them. Numerous studies have shown that poverty and deprivation, even for short periods, can have irreversible long-term consequences on the cognitive, nutritional, physical, emotional, and social development of children.
Improving the lives of children in Latin America and the Caribbean has been the mission of NPH since 1954 when Father William Wasson founded the first NPH home in Mexico. The democratization of Latin America and the shift in world events has deflected public attention away from this part of the world, but Latin America remains one of the regions with the highest levels of inequality and violence in the world and is beset by many other problems. Consequently, the commitment by NPH – and by you – to this region is just as important as ever.
Statistics Tell the Story of How Poverty Affects Children in Latin America and the Caribbean
Life is a daily struggle for many children and families in NPH countries. To survive, they must overcome the dangers and hardships that bring an enormous amount of stress into their daily lives. As a result, some turn to drug and alcohol use, gangs, crime or violence as a means of survival. Sadly, those paths are often the most destructive, destroying opportunities and lives in the process.
Learn how NPH International’s solutions are breaking the cycle of poverty.
Families in Crisis Put Children at Risk
When the stresses of poverty, drugs, violence, illness or death are placed upon any family, its well-being and future is endangered. As a result, these children lose their childhood and are pulled deeper into the cycle of poverty. Without help, their chances of escape are very unlikely.