Back with his family, while still connected to NPH. August 14, 2018 - Guatemala
Jimmy at the Children's Day celebration at the NPH home.
San José Poaquil is a municipality of Chimaltenango, 48 kilometers from the capital of Guatemala. According to the National Institute of Statistics (INE), 72% of its inhabitants live in rural areas and 97% are of Maya Kaqchikel origin. Poverty affects 66.1% of the population.
Malnutrition is one of the main problems of San José Poaquil; due to poverty, children are the most vulnerable.
In 2016, Jimmy* joined NPH due to the limited resources of his family. At NPH Guatemala, he finally lived in the right environment for physical and intellectual development.
Childhood and adolescence are the most important periods in people's lives. It is during this time that children experience some of their strongest personal, social and emotional development.
Growing up in a family environment allows children to keep their identity. NPH offers support to Guatemalan children without breaking family ties. Jimmy shares his experience: "NPH has helped me a lot when I get sick, providing food and school supplies … they always treat me very well and congratulate me for my good behavior."
Jimmy also expresses that his stay at NPH Guatemala was very positive, but he constantly thought of his family. "When I lived at NPH I missed my family very much; sometimes I wanted to be alone with my mom."
After a year, Jimmy has returned to his family and feels very happy having the opportunity to share unique experiences with them. Thanks to the NPH OneFamily program, Jimmy lives back with his mother and relatives, as NPH supports the family to provide all that Jimmy needs for healthly growth. And Jimmy loves being back.
"When I am at home, I like to help my parents. I really like to talk with them … What I like the most is when we eat together."
With tears in her eyes, Jimmy`s mother expresses: "Thank you (NPH) very much for all the support you have given us, may God bless NPH for all you do. I always tell my children to take advantage of this opportunity."
In Guatemala, there are more and more children who do not have opportunities, who do not have access to decent medical services or formal education. NPH has identified these basic needs and hopes to continue impacting the children's future, thus helping break the cycle of poverty.
*Name was changed for privacy purposes.
Sofia López Communcation Officer
You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson