We are preparing for the arrival of our fourth class this Thursday! It is truly amazing and humbling to remember how we started four years ago and how far we have come thanks to all the support from so many people in this area!
Thank you . . . and please meet Florine, Nelson, Samuel, Magdalena, Luisa, and Lucrecia!
Florine is studying International Relations at the University in Haiti. She hopes to finish her degree and work for NPFS in the future. She feels called to work with who she refers to as “the most vulnerable children, the poor and the orphan, my brothers and sisters.” She hopes her year in Seattle will help her improve her English, give her more leadership skills, and provide opportunities to practice her abilities so she can become a leader for NPH and for Haiti. She writes, “NPH is everything to me. It is my family. I do not know where I would be if it weren’t for NPH. Nothing and no-one can ever take this place in my heart. I love NPH and it is my life, my hope, and my future!”
Nelson is currently in his third year of a Foreign Languages degree at the University in Tegucigalpa. Upon graduating, his plans are to work for NPH – hopefully in the area of fundraising and donor relations. During his year in Seattle, he hopes to strengthen his personal values, learn more about leadership, and develop his abilities. He writes, “NPH is so much more than an organization or an orphanage, what we really are is a huge family that just keeps growing! NPH has always supported me, always been there in my difficult and in my happy moments, and given me so many opportunities. I will always be grateful.”
Luisa is studying Sports Education at the University in Guatemala, with future hopes of becoming a trainer in the futbol (soccer) leagues in Guatemala. She has functioned as the soccer coach for NPH Guatemala for several years, leading their team to many exciting wins! During her time in Seattle, Luisa hopes to learn English, learn about the culture, and learn how futbol is played in the USA. She is excited to meet new people and experience new things. She says, “NPH is the most marvelous part of my life. Here I have found love, 300 siblings, and people who have changed my life. It is a family where people love you without expecting anything in return, where we are all treated equally regardless of the color of our skin or the part of the country we come from. NPH gives my life hope.”
Lucrecia holds a Business Administration degree from the National University in Managua. She is very interested in Human Resources and aspires to study for her Masters in HR in the future. While in Seattle, she hopes to learn English, learn more about the culture of the Northwest, and have the opportunity to interact with many different people. She is excited to gain tools and strategies for working more efficiently and effectively with our NPH family. Lucrecia has called NPH home for nearly 20 years, and says, “It is a family any child would dream of having. A place where we live together no matter who we are or where we come from. It is a family where children can develop holistically with values and morals that define us when we go out into society.”
Samuel is currently working with the Youth Groups at NPH Mexico in Cuernavaca and Miacatlan. He has taken a break from his university studies in Communication, which he plans to continue at some point in the future. During his time in Seattle he hopes to learn about the city, the culture and customs, learn English, and learn more about himself: his leadership abilities and what it means to be a servant leader. He writes,“above all else I aspire to be a social and service-minded person.” NPH has been a place of love, hope, and second opportunities for Samuel who says that “we may not be like other families in this world, but I can tell you that I had never felt as much love anywhere or from anyone as I have here in my NPH home.”
Magda is currently completing her year of service to her NPH Family in Honduras, working in the Montessori classrooms. She graduated from High School last year, where she focused on Primary Education. She hopes to continue her studies in Education at the University level in the future. During her time in Seattle, she hopes to learn and absorb more about the teachings of our founder, Father Wasson. She also hopes to learn enough English to be able to support the offices by sharing the NPH story at events and with donors here. Magda explains that NPH is an international family in the sense that “for us, there are not borders, skin color, or language barriers – no, we are one extensive family. And that family will always be there for us.”