"I Was Hungry ..." - NPH Peru Helping Our Community
NPH Peru remembers giving aid to the community following the "El Niño" flooding a year earlier.
May 29, 2018 - Peru
Poverty has many dimensions. According to the UN, its main causes are unemployment, social exclusion and the high vulnerability of populations to disasters, diseases and other phenomena, all of which prevent billions of people from being productive.
It has been more than a year since the natural disaster, known as the ‘El Niño’ phenomenon, affected different regions of Peru. It was a chapter in our history that brought many people together across the country and left us with many lessons.
Our NPH family has always been faithful to the values that our founder Father Wasson taught us, such as sharing, solidarity and service to others. Thus, NPH responded to the call for help, working with a range of local and international organizations to help our community and our nation, together.
Thanks to the support provided by the offices of NPH United States, Germany and Italy and the staff of NPH Peru, we delivered aid to more than 150 families who lost everything from the brutal season of floods.
Madelin, our social worker, still remembers what she did for those affected families. She was present during NPH’s first visit to the city of Carapongo. "First we visited the place to get to know the real situation, then we brought food and household appliances. It was a very tiring day, because we started working very early in the morning and finished at night. But the satisfaction in helping those people was very comforting. I felt very well."
Marion, one of our international year-long volunteers from Germany, remebers: "We provided a medical campaign, food, blankets, and school supplies for children. I was in charge of taking pictures; it was a very special day. I felt happy because we were able to help those families and they were very grateful. I was also grateful to God because the flood did not affect our home."
Community service is something that drives NPH Peru. We take great pride in helping our community, seeing it as a way to pay forward the help we receive from our international family of supporters. Also, it is a fun activity that strengthens the bonds of love, work and family. And it provides a good example for our little ones, as it teaches them about responsibility, commitment and teamwork.
As Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said, “At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by "I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.”