Care for over 430 children
In the fertile valley that once was the personal property of Hernán Cortés can be found an old, converted sugar plantation, Casa San Salvador. This site of 130 acres has served as the main facility for the NPH Mexico family since 1970. Always bustling with activity, over 430 children live, play and study in this village of Miacatlán, which is located 77 miles south of Mexico City. Casa San Salvador facilities are quite extensive and offer a village feel with cobblestone streets, boungainvillea-filled archways and a lush landscape. The Casa San Salvador campus includes a pre-school through secondary school, a chapel, dining hall, kitchen, clinic, administration buildings and a farm with chickens, sheep, pigs as well as fruit and vegetable gardens.
An additional 140 students attend the NPH vocational high school in Cuernavaca.
Support from NPH for university education
Many will then go on to university in Mexico City or Monterrey. The university program boasts our largest group of higher education students in the entire NPH family – over 75 young adults are enrolled, living in student houses with their NPH peers in the university capital of Monterrey, Mexico.
Support for children in one of Mexico’s more troubled cities
Even farther north, in Matamoros, Mexico, reside more of our extended family. Cuidad de Los Niños, or City of the Children. This home received the first children in 2009 and is now home to 40 children, the majority under age 16. When youths are ready for high school, they move to our home in Cuernavaca.
From tae kwon do to folk music
Extracurricular activities are a valuable part of the children’s days. Aside from an active sports program, NPH Mexico has a proud tradition of its young people’s talent as musicians, folk dancers and Tae Kwon Do athletes. At least once a year, the dance and music troupe travel abroad to the USA, performing their own Ballet Folklórico to raise funds to help support their family.
Care of children from Juárez
In 2011, the home began investigating and accepting children from the war-torn region of Juárez, where many children are abandoned while their parents seek a better life across the border. As of today, 28 children have entered the home and an additional 15 plan to arrive within the year of 2014.
NPH Mexico is led by Rafael Bermudez, along with over 240 dedicated staff.