Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH)
In 1954, a boy was arrested for stealing from the poor box of a small church in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. The young priest in charge, Father William Wasson of the United States, was unwilling to press charges against this “thief.” Instead, he asked for custody of the boy. One week later, the judge sent him eight more homeless boys. By year’s end, 32 boys were in residence and Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos™ (NPH), Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters,” was born.
Over 18.300 children have grown up in the NPH family, which now operates homes in eight additional countries: Honduras, Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Peru and Bolivia. Today, over 3,300 children are being cared for in a loving, secure environment.
For a detailed history of NPH, see the Chronology of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos™.
Nos Petits Frères et Sœurs (NPFS)
NPH has been in Haiti for more than 27 years, addressing the social needs of the poorest of the poor, raising children in a loving environment and creating future leaders. Following the twin disasters of 2010, the earthquake and cholera outbreak, our programs launched into high gear serving over 1 million people. The NPH programs are vast and include multiple homes for children, healthcare campuses and various educational facilities in Port-au-Prince and Kenscoff, Haiti.
Haiti’s economy suffered a severe setback in January 2010, when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake destroyed much of its capital city, Port-au-Prince, and neighboring areas. Already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 80% of the population living under the poverty line and 54% in abject poverty, the earthquake inflicted $7.8 billion in damages. Seven out of ten Haitians live on less than US$2 a day, according to the International Red Cross.
In 1987, Father William Wasson founded Nos Petits Frères et Sœurs (NPFS), French for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters,” a home for orphaned and abandoned children in Kenscoff, Haiti. St. Helene is a lush and cool location about 25 miles up the mountain from the capital of Port-au-Prince. St. Helene is home to over 400 children and has a elementary and secondary school on the property, chapel, and other amenities. An additional 350 children from the Kenscoff community attend the onsite school which is operated by the Salesian Sisters. Kay Christine is located inside the St. Helene complex and is home to over 30 children and adults with neurological conditions and special needs.
In addition NPH also operates:
- St. Damien Pediatric Hospital in Tabarre treating children up to 14 years of age.
- Kay St. Germaine, Kay Gabriel and Kay Elaine are Rehabilitation Outpatient Centers providing therapy and educating children and adults with neurological disabilities.
- Father Wasson Angels of Light in Tabarre is a home and school for vulnerable and displaced children.
- Don Bosco is a higher education program in Tabarre for youths that graduated from St. Helene and are attending high school, university or technical schools.
NPH Haiti is led by Fr. Rick Frechette, along with over 820 dedicated staff.
Visit http://www.nph-haiti.org/ for more information.