Year in Review: Change Brings Renewal to NPH Peru in 2019
From sustainability projects in agriculture to education programs that support parents in the community plus a new National Director, 2019 was an exciting year for NPH Peru.
February 6, 2020 - Peru
Success no. 1: Cultivating its own crops with help from Cargill
In 2018, NPH Peru joined forces with U.S.-based Cargill to implement a new agriculture project to cultivate nearly two hectares of land to grow crops at the NPH Peru, Casa Santa Rosa de Lima.
Tilling and preparation of the land began in March 2019 and the first corn seeds were sown in May. The harvest was ready by October, yielding 82,850 kilograms of corn. From the sale of the harvest, NPH Peru managed to collect S/11,599 (Peruvian Sol, equivalent to US$39,007) and recoup the initial investment in the crop.
Through this project, NPH Peru will create local jobs, help strengthen the local economy, and revive the soil for future crops. The home hopes to develop a sustainable agriculture program in the near future.
To learn more about the agriculture and garden projects at NPH Peru, read: Giving Back and Gaining Experience.
Success no. 2: Community Services launches new School for Parents
In June 2019, NPH Peru began expanding educational services by implementing a “School for Parents” in one of the existing schools for girls. It opened with workshops presenting subjects that pose the most problems, supporting approximately 80 parents so far. The sessions last two hours and take place three times a week. By the end of 2019, 31 workshops had taken place.
According to school administration, there is a great need for training and education spaces for parents. This Family Strengthening Program, called “Parenting with Love and Limits,” targets the local community.
In 2020 NPH Peru expects to expand the program by involving more parents and providing a greater number of workshops, thereby continuing to provide the necessary tools for parenting.
To learn more about the "Parenting with Love and Limits" program, read: A School for Parents Helps Families Stay Strong
Success no. 3: New National Director
Last year brought about many changes to NPH Peru, including a change in management.
After several months of an extensive selection process, Rafael Arce Guillen became the new National Director towards the end of 2019.
Rafael is an hermano mayor (older brother, an NPH term of endearment) from Honduras, yet he knows the NPH Peru home very well through this previous role as House Director which he had held since late 2018. In his new role, Rafael hopes to further prioritize the needs of the children and continue with the fundamental support that is needed to achieve their goals.
“Assuming the role of National Director of NPH Peru is a wonderful opportunity. Within any new role, the first two or three months is a period of learning, adaptation, and active listening. It takes energy, patience, and persistent toward achieving one’s goals. I have received wonderful support from the children and adolescents. The relationships and communication among the team is very good,” explains Rafael Arce.
“What I like most is being able to serve our children and young people, to support them in their development and in the formation of their values. Many things are important to me: their education, the achievement of their objectives, and, above all, that they feel good being part of the NPH Peru family.
“On behalf of everyone at NPH Peru, we appreciate all the support of sponsors from all around the world. We also appreciate the work and dedication of the staff in each of the NPH fundraising offices in different countries. We thank NPH International for its support, commitment to good leadership, and helping guide our work based on the philosophy of our very own Father William Wasson,” adds the new National Director of NPH Peru.
“To our local NPH Peru team, I am very grateful for their excellent work and for serving each of our children, adolescents, and young adults with commitment and love. I honestly congratulate the local team for serving God through the great work of NPH,” concludes Arce.
Interested in being an agent for change and supporting exciting programs at NPH Peru? Visit nph.org to see how you can support our children and communities.
Communications Officer, NPH Peru