How one pequeña has grown in both gratitude and faith thanks to the opportunities provided by NPH. March 20, 2017 - Honduras
Soledad down at the school during winter vacation courses.
On the Ranch, the 400 or so pequeños come from a variety of places, enjoy a variety of classes and after school activities, and have an impressive and wide array of future goals. One thing that they all have in common, though, is that they all came from somewhere else, and all are grateful for the opportunities and resources they have on the Ranch to grow and develop wholly and healthily. While still thankful for all of this, for some kids, like Soledad,* it's the little things, like having a bed to her own, that count.
Soledad and her five siblings came to the Ranch in 2012. Before, she had been living in a nearby town with her father and aunt. "We had a fairly medium sized house. My sister and I had to do a lot of the cooking though, because my dad and aunt were always out working." After a day of classes and work at home, nights were spent falling asleep together - beds were shared as there were not enough for everyone in the family to have their own.
Like all of the pequeños on the Ranch, Soledad is grateful for everything NPH provides, but she also has a deep appreciation for the littler things. "We all have our own beds in the hogar here. And once school and chores are done, it's a lot of fun! There are a lot of people here to spend time with, everything is 'bien fresa,'"- the highest compliment Honduran/Ranch slang can give.
On the Ranch, Soledad is accomplished in math class, the beauty and makeup workshop, and eating spaghetti - her favorite meal at NPH. One subject she has strongly grown in to, though, is that of her faith.
"I'm in the acolytes (altar serving) group on the Ranch," she explains, "because I want to participate more in celebrating God. He's the father of all of us, so it's important to give back." Faith has always been one of the foundational pillars that Padre Wasson worked to instill in every home, and Soledad has only good things to say about the religious environment on the Ranch.
"We have good religion classes here. With that, Chicas Poderosas, acolytes, and everything else here, we get a really good religious education. I think it helps us all grow up better, knowing and learning about God."
Like many other children on the Ranch, Soledad has come from a rough background, and is incredibly grateful for the stability that she has found at the Ranch. Outside of NPH, the country finds itself as one of the poorest in the region, with 60% of the population living below the poverty line. But as she prepares for her final years before leaving for high school, she knows that she will be passing into the next big stage of her life with the support, education, and, most importantly, strong faith needed to thrive.
*Name changed to protect privacy.
Alex Hanel Communication Officer
You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson