Peru’s Seventh Anniversary
NPH Peru celebrates its seventh birthday.
December 12, 2011 - Peru
Since its opening in 2004, the NPH Perú home has grown and moved two times. The seventh anniversary, which occurred this year, was the first on our new property in San Vicente de Cañete, but we know it will be the first of many.
Friday afternoon, the 9th of December, we began the celebration with a performance by cheerleaders. The groups practiced all week, and while some were nervous, all ended up doing very impressive choreography. The groups arrived carrying the flags of nine different countries that they represented and cheering their own teams. Even our youngest children and babies were able to participate in the routines. The children built human pyramids, jumped and tumbled; they also elaborated chants and cheers where they mentioned NPH and Father Wasson, our founder. Italy was the winner, followed by Ghana and The Dominican Republic.
Saturday morning, the 10th, on the official anniversary the same groups participated in a set of games which included bobbing for apples, an obstacle courses, a clown ball-toss game, and lots of water. The games were organized by the youth group. The children got wet, muddy and exhausted and were happily smiling. The last game was the tug of war. After making a big puddle, the place was ready for everyone to get dirty and all the teams wanted to win. It was a hard competition because no one wanted to let go of the rope. After the competition we enjoyed a delicious meal with a great banana split for dessert. During the meal the children talked about the games, the falls, the difficulties and the good moments.
After lunch the NPH Perú family enjoyed a special mass to give thanks for all these years and remembered our founder, who is always with us.
The anniversary gave everyone the opportunity to get out of the daily routine and enjoy the seven years of life in Perú. These activities teach the children the importance of teamwork, help to develop beautiful bonds and give the children the opportunity to spend a fantastic day with their brothers and sisters.