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 NPH family began in April 2005 at a small home in Santa Cruz. Now it has expanded to their own property in the countryside with 12 family-style homes that house almost 120 children (five homes for boys, five for girls and one for the babies) and four additional houses that host volunteers and employees.
In 2008, the NPH family moved from Santa Cruz to our current home. Six houses hosted the children and staff at this time. Two more homes were constructed in 2010 to receive new family members. Construction of a community clinic and four classrooms for primary students were completed in 2013. 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 in order to provide our children with our own milk and dairy products.
NPH Bolivia is fortunate to be near the community of Portachuelo, where our secondary children attend school. The home is proud to have eight university students (three males and five 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 National Director Tom Kuiper and employs 47 local staff.
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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
2017: Kitchen renovation
Increased production of fish and crops