"At NPH I reached my dream, and now I want to support others to reach their dreams, too"

Creative and hardworking, Gladys is a woman who grew up in NPH and now she helps others to discover their talents and prepares them for a better future.
September 19, 2019 - Guatemala

Gladys is an instructor in the Vocational Bakery Workshop at NPH Guatemala since January 2019.

"I joined NPH with my four siblings in 2000, when I was 13 years old. I have so many good memories. I had a very beautiful childhood that I will never forget,” says Gladys.

Crediting NPH’s commitment to the care and protection of children, Gladys earned a certification as an Occupational Training Teacher from a high school in Antigua, Guatemala, in 2008.

Over three years of academic preparation, Gladys developed excellent technical skills in both the kitchen and bakery. And in January 2019, she started working at NPH as an instructor in the Bakery Workshop.

Ana María Cua, a Human Resource Coordinator, comments: "I was Gladys's caregiver for four years. She has great talent and a good personality. I am proud of the things she has accomplished, and she is an excellent example of hard work within the NPH Family.”

Gladys explains, "Since I was little girl, I dreamed of becoming a teacher or a cook. I cannot describe how grateful I am to NPH because here I could make my dream come true.”

"When I returned, I felt that I had never left the NPH family. I am very happy to return, share all my knowledge, and provide for my family. I really want my students to have a better future through the skills they learn in the bakery and other workshops."

At NPH Guatemala, occupational training helps improve skills and qualifications for our youth for job placement, especially for those in situations of social risk.

Based on the current labor demand, the NPH school includes five vocational workshops in its annual education plan with the aim to develop the unique talent of each child and youth.

The students in seventh and eighth grade receive training in sewing, kitchen, bakery, carpentry, and blacksmithing. In ninth grade, according to each student's performance in previous trainings, they specialize in one workshop where they can reach their full potential. NPH has trained more than 175 children and youth over the last eight years.

"Being part of the training process of each child is a great responsibility, but at the same time it is a beautiful experience," Gladys admits. "I want to thank all the people who believe and sponsor these projects. NPH students have free materials, tools, and education. They just need to apply themselves in order to succeed.”

Sofia Lopez   
Communication Officer

You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson




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