Insight from children from the NPH OneFamily program. December 8, 2018 - Guatemala
Josseline, Maricela, and Damián are happy to be in Quetzaltenango.
At Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, special activities are held throughout the year, but the Christmas season is the most special and most eagerly time for the children.
Damián*, Josseline*, and Maricela* are three close-knit siblings who had lived in NPH Guatemala since August 2011. Although they enjoyed being at Casa San Andrés – the name of NPH Guatemala’s residential care home - in June of 2018 they had the opportunity to return to their family in Quetzaltenango, four hours from NPH.
The children’s mother is very happy to celebrate Christmas with all her family and share the traditions of her community. "Having my children back and the opportunity to move forward is a gift from God. This Christmas is special because I will enjoy being with my children; they are the joy of my home."
Guatemala is well known for its diverse cultures. Quetzaltenango is one of the most beautiful departments, and although its climate is very cold at the end of the year, it is an ideal place for families to enjoy eating the delicious Xecas (handmade bread from Quetzaltenango), eggnog, and paches (a typical Guatemalan dish similar to a tamale).
"I really like Christmas food, because it's special and very delicious," said Josseline, explaining that Christmas is her personal favorite holiday.
Damián expresses, "What I like to do at Christmas is to set off little firecrackers and sparklers. This Christmas will be very fun."
As for Maricela, she is behaving extra well because she is convinced that at Christmas, her good behavior will have benefits. "I like gifts. For Christmas I want another doll."
For this family, Christmas is a time of love. And more important than receiving material gifts, the best gift is to be together as a family. Thanks to the NPH OneFamily program, family unity is a reality.
The philosophy of NPH emphasizes the great importance of being in family. According to Verónica Herrera, a psychologist at NPH Guatemala, family unification strengthens the values of children.
"The reintegration of this family was very positive; the children receive affection and support from their parents. The family ties and growing in their community helps the children to maintain emotional and social well-being."
The children are grateful and share the Christmas spirit.
"I love my sponsors and NPH; they are very important to me. Thank you all for the support you give me and I wish you a Merry Christmas with your family. And remember that here in Guatemala we miss you a lot," said Josseline.
Damián said, "Thank you, Godparents! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope you have a lot of fun."
Christmas time is reminiscent of that magical moment when Mary and Joseph’s family was completed with the arrival of a baby, and regardless of the adversities, remained together. NPH wants the love of God to reign in your home. Merry Christmas!
*Names were 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