How time in the vocational workshops gave one young man hope. September 26, 2016 - Guatemala
Henry when he arrived at NPH aged 16.
Henry Guerra’s on top of the world, and he’s literally working high up on a new building being constructed in Guatemala City. “This is why I love my work,” he says. “I get to have adventures like this! They actually used a crane to get us up here.”
It’s a long way away from the bad neighborhood Henry and his brother and sister were living when he was a teenager. A neighborhood that was rife with crime and gang violence. A child protection order removed the family for their safety and they came to live at NPH.
Henry wasn't really interested in more academic learning when he arrived here at age 16, but he was introduced to welding in one of the workshops. Henry graduated last year after studying metalwork and getting a nationally recognized trade certificate. He’s now working full time at an industrial welding company in the city, and he really enjoys his work. “I love welding, we’re always doing different jobs and every day I learn new things.”
With plans to eventually own his own company, Henry is grateful for the opportunities he was offered. “NPH has an excellent education system with many different options and not just academic courses. If I hadn’t come to NPH I wouldn’t have the skills I have now, and it’s also possible I wouldn’t be a good person.”
“Education is really important, it changes who you are, and who you can be in the future.”
Vanessa French Communication Officer
You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson