A reflection from a year of service youth. November 15, 2016 - Peru
His drawing for World Water Day.
Yohan* was just 15 years old when he finished secondary school. Now at sixteen, and in his last few months in his year of service, he has been thinking a lot about the next steps in his life.
He remembers when he first arrived to NPH in July 2009 at just eight years old. He said, "I did not speak with anyone." Years later, with the support of NPH and with the help of the Programa de Vida (Life Plan), he said he feels more confident and he also learned more about responsibility and the importance of being punctual.
The Programa de Vida are workshops led by our psychologist who addresses a variety of topics such as personal development, study habits, and safe social media use. It is designed for secondary students and for all seven of our young men and women in their year of service.
In his year of service Yohan has many responsibilities. His main position is being charge of the library, but he also assists in the godparent office, office maintenance, occasionally man’s our front door, and even buys bread on the weekends. Needless to say he is very busy!
Yohan says that his dream job would to become a graphic designer and for it to become reality he needs to “go to university, study, and practice my art.” When he has his own job someday he believes that the qualities of a good employee are, “respect, punctuality, responsibility, perseverance, and aptitude.”
He said that some of the obstacles are to obtaining employment are, “location, economic support, emotional support from family, development of values, and grades from university studies.” Yohan expressed that if he did not have the support of NPH that his, “life would be very different, possibly just now finishing secondary school, but not in the same way.”
“NPH is a big family and the best thing that could have happened in my life. I will always be grateful for all the support that they give me day to day.”
Anna Hester Communication Officer
You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson