A hermana mayor speaks about how NPH prepared her for life. December 19, 2016 - Bolivia
One of the promises that NPH makes to the children is that they will be supported through university if they choose to specialize and become an educated professional in a certain area of work. In Latin America, as in many developed and developing regions of the world, a good education is the key to being a stable professional. This is especially true in Bolivia where, a large part of the employment opportunities are low quality and require few qualifications…For example, in the markets where people sell imported products from China make little money as the products are cheap. They live off of this, but they gain very little, and they do not have any [social] protection.
Theo and Vilma
‘Dignifying work or employment,’ according to the constitution of Bolivia, implies having a stable work source, above all to generate continual and adequate income to sustain a family, with access to social protection (such as pensions, health care, work risk protection, and unemployment), safety for one’s physical integrity at the work place, and the freedom to create unions to improve working conditions.
Investigators at the CEDLA employment and labor rights unit affirmed that, “According to the statistics that we took in 2011 and 2012 in La Paz, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, and El Alto, 84% of the population does not have dignified work, and only six in 100 youths and ten in 100 women enjoy a quality job. These numbers show us the precarious nature of work that we are experiencing in this country.”
Because of these social and economic risks, we emphasize among our children the values that Father Wasson developed in order to help them succeed. This includes in the home as a family and once they begin living their lives outside the home on their own. One such person is our hermana mayor Vilma, who now lives in Santa Cruz with her husband Theo, a hermano mayor from NPH Mexico, and their young daughter.
“NPH was the most beautiful and wonderful thing that could have happened to me,” she wrote in a reflection about her time at the home. “Thanks to NPH I am who I am today. It was a very lovely time. I never felt alone, I gained many siblings, I gained an entire family, all thanks to father William Wasson, who gave me this opportunity.”
“NPH prepared me with values and principles,” she continued. “My tías were the best. They were always at my side correcting my mistakes and giving me support in order to make myself a better person. I had been studying public accounting, but I had to leave it for a time because of economic reasons. I plan to take up my studies again since we are doing better now. I work in a Brazilian restaurant as a cashier. Thanks to God I never had closed doors.”
One such value, that Vilma and her family practice during Christmas time, is that of sharing.
“Christmas is the happiest moment for us, as we get together with friends and siblings where we share our joy. We’ll make a dinner and we are going to exchange gifts. Besides that we are considering making a small trip to visit my siblings,” she stated.
“Christmas at NPH was unforgettable. I loved the activities that we did. Besides the gifts, the dinner, the religious service, and wearing new clothes, we also set off fireworks.”
“Thanks to NPH, I learned that I could fall and lift myself back up and continue on. Because of NPH I can give my daughter a good education and I know the importance of valuing my family,” she concluded.