NPH Guatemala: We Are Family
In Guatemala’s highlands, about an hour from Guatemala City in Parramos, Casa San Andres is home to over 300 children. Situated 1500 meters above sea level with Volcano Fuego as the backdrop, the red brick buildings and roofs of the NPH home lie in contrast to the rich cultural landscape of the country. Since its inception in 1996, this family has been growing yearly.
In 2000, Casa San Andres opened its doors to impoverished children from the community to offer educational scholarships. The program has been so successful that the home now has over 150 external students. Over 100 students from the surrounding community have graduated from the NPH Basic School since it opened to local families. The participating students benefit from quality instruction by the teachers at the home and a superior education which they may utilize throughout their lives.
Apart from the school campus, there are dormitories for the children who permanently live at the home, kitchen and common dining room, library and a computer room. There is also an administrative complex, staff and volunteer housing, and five workshops where the older children receive vocational training (bakery, cooking, sewing, welding, hand crafts and carpentry). A clinic serves the children and staff of NPH, but also provides medical assistance to people from the surrounding communities.
Castillo Magico, is a home for children with specials needs inside the NPH grounds. It provides 24-hour care for over 20 children with severe disabilities and neurological issues.
With the goal of becoming more sustainable, the youth and children help maintain the various farm animals and assist in growing carrots, radishes, onions, tomatoes, chayote, cabbage, and various herbs.
NPH Guatemala is led by Orlando Ramos, along with over 145 dedicated staff.
|University Graduates: 1|
|High School Graduates: 12|
|Secondary Graduates: 58|
|Primary Graduates: 25|
|Kindergarten Graduates: 12|
|Vocational Certifications: 147|
|University Students: 16|
|Childcare Workers: 38|
|Children in Home: 307|
|External Students: 150|
|1996: ||First children arrived in temporary home in Sacatepequez|
|1997: ||Education Center opened|
| ||Home moved to Chimaltenango|
|1999: ||Pre-primary Montessori school opened|
|2001: ||First pequeños graduated from high school|
|2002: ||Construction began at new property San Andres Itzapa|
|2003: ||Move to new home Casa San Andrés in San Andres Itzapa|
|2006: ||Construction of the Babies’ House was completed|
|2007: ||Government certification of vocational workshops|
|2009: ||NPH School began a community scholarship program|
|2010: ||Girls’ empowerment program began|
| ||Hermanos Mayores program began, support for former pequeños|
|2012: ||Construction completed on Montessori School|
|2013: ||First pequeño graduated from university|