Our Voices: Christmas Letter from Erick, NPH Mexico
As part of the Our Voices series, a student of international business in Monterrey, Mexico, sends a Christmas letter to the NPH family
December 14, 2020 - Mexico
|Erick with his Christmas letter|
My name is Erick.* I am originally from an indigenous town called Cochoapa el Grande in the state of Guerrero on Mexico’s Pacific coast, where the quality of life is very poor. People are only engaged in subsistence farming, that is, they consume all that they harvest.
Everybody lives in extreme poverty and opportunities to prosper are limited; thus, most people constantly migrate in search of a better life. It was pretty much my case. I was attending elementary school in a boarding school outside of town, but it was a new and complicated environment for me. It was a great challenge to adapt and learn to speak Spanish because my native language is Mixtec.
After I finished elementary school, I found a family who I could stay with. They helped me to pay for middle school and, in exchange, I worked for them. I found it difficult to study and work at the same time but, in the end, it was worth it. I decided to attend high school, but without any support it was even more difficult. I was about to give up when I heard about a place in Morelos called Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, and so from there I went to the little town of Miacatlán and I entered Casa San Salvador in 2015 at the age of 17. Joining the NPH family was a great relief. I was happy feeling safe and being able to have an education. And the best part was that I adapted easily to the home.
I am very grateful to NPH, not only for the opportunity they have given me to continue studying, but also because they taught me how to be a better person. NPH motivates me to move forward and, at the same time, provides all that is necessary to achieve my dreams and goals. Thanks to NPH I am currently part of the university program studying international business in Monterrey. If ever I get free time, I like to read and play football … if ever I get time.
One of the things I most enjoy at NPH are celebrations like Christmas. I love Posadas, the special Christmas dinner with the youngest children, breaking piñatas with them and telling them stories about my hometown.
In 2021 I hope to continue in college pursuing my dreams and hoping that one day I will be able to help my people to thrive.
The recipient of my letter should never forget how much you helped me. This is why I thank NPH with all my heart, as well as every benefactor, sponsor, donor, and collaborator who do everything possible to keep this great family on its feet. I wish you all a lot of happiness, love, joy, and harmony. May the love of God be always present in your homes.
*Names of children and youth have been changed to protect their privacy.
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University Student, NPH Mexico