A family for vulnerable Bolivian children
Vulnerable children in Bolivia receive health care, an education and professional development from NPH thanks to support from people like you.
In a remote lowland village surrounded by trees and expansive green fields, lies the 9th NPH family centre, Casa Padre Wasson. The Bolivian family began in April 2005. It now has 12 family-style houses that house over 100 children (5 homes for boys, 5 for girls and one for the babies). There are 4 additional houses that host employees and volunteers. Since Bolivia is the poorest country in South America, NPH is eager to grow and offer more family strengthening services to children in need from local communities.
Support for surrounding villages
Since the relocation to our current facility in 2008, 5 more houses have been built to receive new family members. Construction of a community clinic and four classrooms for our primary students were completed in 2013 to offer more services to the NPH children and surrounding villages. A second school building and additional houses for volunteers, visitors and staff have since been completed. A fish farm provides the children with fresh, nutritious food. The dairy cow project in progress aims to provide the children with home-sourced milk and dairy products.
Connection to the community
NPH Bolivia is fortunate to be near the community of Portachuelo, where our secondary children attend the local school and church. We are proud to have 16 university students who live in Santa Cruz and return to NPH on the weekends and during their holidays.
The quest for sustainability
Because this is the newest NPH centre, the family is still working on many projects. One goal is to reach sustainable agriculture and animal production. This would make NPH more independent of high food prices. Programmes like this also allow youths to get involved in planning and production.
NPH Bolivia is led by National Director, Patricia Rueda, and around 45 staff.