A Family for Vulnerable Children
In the warm and peaceful coastal town of San Vicente de Cañete, two hours south of the capital, Lima, resides the eighth NPH home, Casa Santa Rosa. Over 100 children live in brick family-style homes which include hot water solar technology. Since the home began in 2004, this family has lived in two other areas of Peru, finally settling in their current location of 15 hectares in 2011.
Casa Santa Rosa facilities also include temporary buildings for the dining hall, therapy rooms, clinic, and library. The playgrounds, soccer, and volleyball fields were constructed with the help of volunteers who visit the home yearly. The home plans to create its own vegetable gardens including a small farm. Administrative offices, schools, therapy center, and additional family-style houses will complete the complex once more funding is secured.
Students attend the local preschool through secondary school within walking distance of the home and there are currently eleven students who are studying in the university located in the city of San Vicente de Cañate and Lima. NPH Peru prides itself on hiring caregivers that are trained as teachers, which enables homework and tutoring to be more streamlined. The caregivers support the students through their academic challenges and physical and occupational volunteer therapists help children with motor and cognitive issues.
NPH Peru is led by over 39 dedicated staff and volunteers.
2004: Home opened with first two children in town of Cajamarca
2006: Land purchased in San Vicente de Cañete, for permanent home
2007: Family moved to temporary home in Lunahuaná
2009: First three students graduated from high school
2010: Two homes were completed at new campus
2011: Construction of six homes completed and family moved
First three pequeños began university
2012: Construction of three houses, including volunteer house
2013: Kitchen construction completed
Three youths won full university scholarships provided by the Peruvian government
2014: Dining hall and babies house slated to be completed