Older Siblings Remember Their Youth
Hear from two hermano mayores about post-NPH life as adults, who still fondly remember their time in the NPH family.
June 13, 2019 - Peru
An older sibling is someone who protects you, teaches you, and supports you unconditionally. And at NPH Peru, siblings play an important role in the lives of our children. While many of our children are not linked by blood, their time together in the NPH family forms a bond so strong that by their own words many children consider themselves truly a part of the same family.
Ernulfo Saucedo and Leticia Wampus are two such siblings. They graduated from NPH three years ago and now live in Cajamarca and Lima, respectively.
Being an older brother
“Since I entered NPH, my life changed completely. I had unconditional support from the caregivers, and I made many great memories.” -- Ernulfo
Ernulfo is a 24-year-old man who used to live at NPH Peru, but now he has his own life in the city of Cajamarca. When thinking back to his time at NPH, he fondly remembers his caregivers, listing off several of the ones who made a large impact on his life, “Roger, Rosendo, Linin, Alfredo, Betty, Maria … .” The list goes on and on. He feels very happy to have grown up for so many years in NPH.
Nowadays, he likes to spend his free time on his bike, and he feels very grateful for everything he learned at NPH. While he is happy with his life as an independent adult now, he still misses many things from living with his NPH family: the smiles of his fellow brothers, the care given to them by the caregivers, the activities, the dances, and the lessons learned along the way.
Leticia is a former NPH child who now lives in Lima. What she values most about her time at NPH is the education that she received, which was instrumental in helping her become the woman she is today.
“Without the education that NPH gave me, I would not be where I am. And with it, I can take care of myself.” -- Leticia
She is still in contact with many of the girls that she grew up with while at NPH. She fondly remembers her time here. Although contact with some of them has been lost, she still fondly thinks of them every single day.
Time and time again, we see the importance of the bonds that grow between our children at NPH. It is these bonds that help our children grow up feeling supported and, above all, feeling like part of a family.