Selected Highlights of NPH's Global Impact in 2008
Statistics and Management Report
March 3, 2009 - Press Release - NPH International
|Children from NPH Dominican Republic.|
- Children cared for on a daily basis: 3,300+
- Children and adults cared for annually through medical and outreach programs: 40,000
- Gallons of free water delivered: 4,320,000
- Children living with HIV that receive antiretrovirals: 160+
- Children from communities that received academic scholarships: 4,800+
- NPH children studying vocational careers for increased job expectancy: 428
- Once NPH children that now as adults manage and operate outreach programs: 150
- University students: 145
- NPH child surgeries: 61
- Baptisms and First Communions: 680
- Disaster aid relief distribution: $425,000
- NPH staff and youths that received childcare and leadership training: 700
Under the direction of the Department of Family Services, a joint meeting was held with all nine National Directors and the Executive Committee, where a new and expanded mission statement was agreed upon. The new mission statement below is being incorporated into all NPH informational materials and is being used as a guide to future development of our NPH homes.
Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos™ International is a Christian mission that strives to provide a permanent family and home for orphaned, abandoned and other at-risk children who live in conditions of extreme poverty. Our programs provide quality education, health care and spiritual formation with the goal of raising good Christians and productive members of their respective societies.
Redefinition of Children We Help
Reflecting the continuing compassion of Fr. Wasson, the National Director/Executive Committee joint meeting refined the definition of the children we look to help in the future. Expanding our commitment to the care of needy children, we have agreed to take in or in other ways care for those children who would not survive without our help. Thus, we have met the challenges of taking in or caring for children with living parents or relatives whose circumstances are unlikely to result in the child’s survival and development.
NPFS Haiti Programs
As one of the first of our homes to reach aggressively into the community as we seek to help our family of NPH children, Haiti began programs of community engagement to address dire circumstances of those in the communities we serve. These programs are rare in our world today, as they heavily rely upon our own NPH youths for their success, and on outside sources of funding. This concept of community engagement was given formal definition as an NPH outreach extension of our childcare and is being repeated as many of our homes commence or expand similar programs, such as the assistance given to the children of the Milpillas garbage dump in Mexico and the home-care programs of Honduras.
We have taken two major steps under a newly-formed group, our Emergency Response Team, to manage through the worldwide financial crisis. We have been able to safeguard our funds so that we maintain balances either fully insured by central governments or in US Treasury Bills -the world's safest investment. Additionally, we are completing preparation of standby budgets to reflect possible reductions in contributions. Though experience tells us that a majority of our donors will continue, and even increase their generous support, we recognize that these are different times than we have ever experienced before, and we should not rely on a strategy of hope. Our only requirements for budget reductions, represented by plans we currently hold in ready, are to never reduce our expenditures on direct childcare. We are also tracking and building our reserves so that we can rely on them as well in a financial emergency.
Government Shift in Position on Orphans Throughout Central and South America
We are encountering shifts in government perceptions and policy toward orphaned and abandoned children, or simply those we now define as unable to survive without our care. We pledge to work with our host governments to find ways to redefine our work as necessary while maintaining the integrity of Fr. Wasson's proven model of care, which we continue to believe, is the best in the world.
Organizational Structure of our Homes
We have recently directed new attention to the philosophy of the organizational structure of our homes. As a result, we have developed a unified position centering around the direct engagement of the National Director in childcare that has always been at the center of Fr. Wasson's organization of his homes. This results in the National Director of necessity relying upon a very strong administrative director and organization to administratively run the home. This concept is being emphasized in our existing homes and is being used to guide our search for leaders of existing homes and leaders for new NPH countries.
New Homes Design & Self-construction
Responding to the worldwide financial crisis, where we found ourselves subject to bids increasing 100% in a month, the Project Committee has made a major adjustment by switching to major project construction based upon NPH as the general contractor, which we also term self-construction. We expect to achieve very significant reductions in construction costs of new homes and support buildings while continuing to meet our child care needs and our demand for the highest possible quality of construction.
Having begun an adjustment of the lowest salaries of our employees last year, we completed adjustments for all remaining employees. Changes in country conditions continue to dictate changes to allow our own employees to survive in a world of deflating currencies and uncertain food prices. We are currently reviewing several countries to arrive at changes needed to continue to pay people a survival wage.
As Father Phil Cleary emphasizes, we must look forward in order to avoid stagnation. We also feel a responsibility in the world we are blessed to operate in, having what we believe is the best model for child survival today. This responsibility leads us to continue to prepare for growth into the neediest parts of the world even as we look toward protecting what we already do in a decidedly uncertain financial environment. We seek to develop the three important legs of our growth stool, all of which must be strong and abundant to allow us to fulfill our role in the world. We must have an operational system of managing our childcare that meets our expanded definition of Fr. Wasson’s directives based on faith, work, and family. We also need to develop new sources and ways to raise the financial resources we need to grow, which also includes continuing evaluation of ways to do what we do in a less expensive manner. And perhaps the most important of these three legs of our growth stool is development of future leaders for NPH. NPHI Family Services has launched a new and very active leadership development program within NPH for children of stages of development as a first step in identifying and developing future National Directors and home administrators.
Administrator, NPH International