General Questions

How many children are in the NPH family?

Currently, we have over 3,000 fully supported children and young people in 9 different countries. We also support over 2,500 children from low-income households, who attend our NPH schools and benefit from our community outreach programmes.

Children at NPH Honduras2 girls at NPH in Honduras

Where are the NPH programmes located?

  • Bolivia – San Ignacio de Sara, near the community of Portachuelo, 50 miles northwest of Santa Cruz de la Sierra.
  • Dominican Republic – San Pedro de Macorís.
  • El Salvador – Santa Ana.
  • Guatemala – Parramos, near Chimaltenango, northwest of Guatemala City.
  • Honduras – the home is 22 miles northeast of Tegucigalpa. There are also student homes, our disabled children’s home in Tegucigalpa and a soup kitchen in nearby Talanga.
  • Haiti – the home is 25 miles south of Port-au-Prince, and the paediatric hospital, public health and disabled outreach programs are in Tabarre. The home administration and visitor centre are located in Pétionville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince.
  • Mexico – some of the older children attend school and live in Cuernavaca, Monterrey or Mexico City, but most of the children live in Miacatlán, 80 miles south of Mexico City.
  • Nicaragua – currently has three locations: the main location at Jinotope, southwest of Managua, as well as San Jorge and Ometepe Island on Lake Nicaragua.
  • Peru – Our home is in San Vicente de Cañete, 2 hours south of Lima.

What does Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos mean?

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos is Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”.

Can I visit an NPH programme?

Yes. You are always welcome to visit if you sponsor a child or are interested in supporting one of our programmes. Our visitor policy and guidelines ensure the well being of our children, as well as your protection. If you want to visit one of the programmes, please contact us so we can let you know about any organised trips, or help arrange your travel plans in conjunction with the country’s visitor coordinator.

Sponsorship Questions

How much is my sponsorship?

Sponsorship is £25 a month and your donations are tax deductible. The UK government provides information on claiming tax relief. Also, you can download our Gift Aid form.

Am I my child’s only sponsor?

No. To support a child is more expensive than just one sponsor’s contribution. Therefore, the children may have additional sponsors from other countries.

 

Does my donation go directly to my child?

Sponsorship gifts are used to help all the children we serve in the community where your child lives. The financial support of sponsors enables NPH to provide basic necessities for all of the children in our community programmes, while giving sponsors the unique opportunity to develop a special relationship with a specific child.

What does my sponsorship provide?

Your contribution goes to the country where your child lives. For children in our formal education community programme, it helps provide them with an education, nutritious food and medical care when needed. For children in our NPH OneFamily programme, it enables the child to remain with members of their biological family, through financial support that means the child continues their education, has a healthy diet and access to healthcare. It also provides training for family members on how to support their child’s development and wellbeing.

Your sponsorship connects you with a child. Each year you will receive an update on the child’s progress which helps you to understand how your contribution is making a difference in their life. For the child, sponsorship is positive, as they have the feeling that there are people on the other side of the world who care about them. Child sponsorship changes these children’s lives.

How long do children stay in NPH community programmes?

Children remain in our NPH OneFamily programme for as long as their family needs financial or other support and they will only be released from the programme when everyone is confident that it is in the child’s and family’s best interest.

Children in our formal education programme can stay enrolled for many years as they progress with their education. We offer scholarships all the way from pre-school to university.

How long does my child need a sponsor?

This depends very much on the circumstances. Some children are part of our formal education programme for many years, completing primary and secondary school, and going on to study at university or gain vocational qualifications.

Girl student at NPH BoliviaYour sponsorship could help someone through university.

For children in our NPH OneFamily programme, the length of time they need the support of sponsors depends on the individual circumstances of their reintegration with their biological family.

When your child leaves our community programme, NPH will give you the opportunity to sponsor another child who also needs your support.

If you decide at any time to stop sponsoring a child, you just need to let NPH UK know. However, experience shows us that the vast majority of people who decide to sponsor a child at NPH continue to do so for the rest of their lives as part of their commitment to helping society.

Can I communicate with my child?

When you start to sponsor a child in an NPH community programme you will receive an introductory letter from them. Each year we will send you an update report with an annual photo. You will also receive an annual video and Christmas greeting, and a thank-you card for any additional monetary gift you provide.

If you would like to write to your child, please send a typed or scanned handwritten letter or card to [email protected] You may also send drawings and photos by email. We will take care of sending them to your child and translating them if needed. You will not receive responses to your letters, but the annual update and video will give you the opportunity to see how your child is progressing.

May I connect with my child through social media?

NPH UK has procedures in place for ensuring that the content of communications between sponsors and children is appropriate. All sponsor communications are screened for inappropriate content, and any issues or incidents are documented and reported for follow-up action.

The internet is uncontrolled and unregulated. Recognising this, we ask sponsors to respect the privacy of the children and their families by refraining from posting personal information about their specific child on the internet, such as the child’s full name, date of birth, and community information (e.g. name and location). In order to protect the privacy of both our sponsors and our children, no outreach or exchange of contact details should take place between sponsors and their sponsor children during the sponsorship through social media, including Facebook.

If you have questions or concerns about our policy, or have been contacted directly by your sponsored child through social media, please contact us.

How often will I receive news from my child?

Each sponsor will receive correspondence from their child at Christmas, which includes a recent photo. You will also receive an annual update report and video of the child. Your child will send you a thank-you card if you send a monetary gift for their birthday or another special occasion.

Mexican boy showing letter
Letters to bring a smile to your face and his

When will I receive progress reports on my child?

We will send you a progress report once a year, with timing depending on the school year in the country where the child lives.

When will I receive a new photo of my child?

We send a new photograph of each child at Christmas.

May I send a gift?

Your financial support ensures the children in our community programmes continue to thrive through education, healthy nutrition and healthcare and support to enable them to live with their families. If you wish to send an extra donation for your child’s birthday, graduation, special holiday, or any reason you choose, this amount will go into the Sharing Fund. These funds are used to provide special experiences for the children in our community programmes, such as Christmas, birthday and graduation celebrations, small birthday gifts, excursions and workshops. The Sharing Fund prevents the inequity that arises when one child receives gifts and another receives none.

If you would like to send a physical gift, we recommend small items such as stickers, drawings, family photos and cards. Larger packages can be subject to import taxes and confiscated at customs.

Sending physical gifts in the post is not always possible or advisable due to the postal systems in some countries not being very reliable. Please contact us to find out if this is possible.

If we tell you it is possible to send a physical gift by post, please put the contents in an open envelope, on which you should write the name and surname of the child you sponsor, the country where they live and your name and surname (do not write your personal address). Put this open envelope (no larger than A3) and its contents inside another sealed envelope and send it to: NPH UK, 66 Walton Road, Harrow, Middx, HA1 4UU. For security reasons, NPH does not accept gifts that come directly from sponsors.

In order to keep our overheads down, we ask you to cover postage/courier costs to the NPH programme.

What do the words ‘padrino’, ‘madrina’, ‘ahijado’ and ‘ahijada’ mean?

Many children at NPH tend to call their sponsors ‘madrina’ or padrino’ which translate as godmother or godfather. They may also refer to themselves as your ‘ahijado’ or ahijada’ meaning godson or goddaughter. Please do not feel burdened by these terms. They are simply a way for the children to show their affection towards you, given that you are their sponsor.

Can I visit the child I sponsor in the community?

If you are sponsoring a child who attends an NPH school, we can arrange for you to visit them during term-time. Spending time with the children is the best way to learn about NPH’s unique approach and programmes. Please contact us to find out more information, including our visitor policy and guidelines.

Can I sponsor more than one child?

Yes! We are always looking for new sponsors to support new children who are part of NPH community programmes. You may sponsor as many children as you like. In fact, NPH often supports siblings, so you could sponsor a whole family if you like.

Can I stay in touch with my child once they leave NPH?

If your child leaves an NPH community programme, you will no longer receive updates or correspondence from them or be able to write to them. In this case, we will notify you and encourage you to sponsor another child in need of your support and encouragement.

 

Are there other ways I can support the children at NPH?

Yes, there are many other ways to help besides sponsorship! We are a small, but growing charity in the UK, so your support is very much appreciated.

You can:

  • Tell your friends about sponsoring a child in need at NPH.
  • Come to our fundraising events (invite your friends!). Sign up for our email newsletter to hear about the next event.
  • Volunteer at the NPH UK office (admin, translation, graphic design and organizing events are some of the work we need help with).
  • Make a gift in someone’s name, for a birthday or Christmas.
  • Fundraise for us. Take a look at our A-Z of fundraising ideas.

How do I know my donations are being used appropriately?

NPH UK believes that charities must be fully accountable to the public. We follow reporting procedures established by Charity Commission for England and Wales. Each year an accountancy firm conducts an independent examination of our accounts. We publish an annual report and financial statements on-line. View our 2020 annual report.

What is your privacy policy?

The NPH privacy policy is available on our website.