Planting Dreams

An interview with a year-of-service child about his dream job and its potential to break the cycle of poverty and malnutrition in Guatemala.
June 22, 2018 - Guatemala

Adriano* is hoping to become an expert in all things agriculture in Guatemala.

Agriculture activities – cultivating both crops and livestock – constitute one of the most foundational pillars of modern human civilization: It represents food and family nutrition. Due to the great importance of agriculture to our home, Guatemala needs dedicated agricultural specialists to study about and work in our farms in a professional capacity. This will bring about sustainable development for the home, society and the country at large. For this profession, it is necessary that the experts working the farm pursue this with a serious and responsible commitment to scientific rigor, as well as with respect for nature and the environment. This is the story of one such soon-to-be expert in Guatemalan agriculture.

Adriano* is a 19 year old preparing to enter state university and wants to become a successful agronomist. His inspiration was born a long time ago in NPH. "I have lived in the home for 13 years, and ever since I was a child, I remember enjoying sowing radishes with my friends."

Adriano reminisces fondly about time spent on the farm. "Different groups of children were in charge of harvesting certain vegetables. We all preferred harvesting broccoli or beets – those who harvested radishes, lettuce or carrots harvested almost nothing at all because the we would take them out early and eat them." A smile breaks out across his face when he recalls, "sometimes gophers would pop up and everyone would freak out and scatter."

In 2017, he spent his first year of service – a year spent working at NPH to give back to the family that raised them, as well as gain professional experience before the next stage of their adult life – working with the landscaping team. He enjoyed his job, but decided to follow his dreams and asked his managers if he could work on the farm. He remembered, "Everyone told me it would be grueling work, but I wanted to know how it felt working in the field.”

The more time he spent on the farm, the more certain he became that this was what he was meant to do. "I'm excited about the big projects, I enjoy the beautiful landscape and seeing my work finished." He adds, "NPH has given me everything from basic education, to all the way through becoming a professional.”

While he currently works in the carpentry shop, he continues to support the farm in his spare time by tending to the irrigation system. "Sometimes it`s necessary to come as early as 5 or 6 in the morning."

Adriano is a great example of commitment, determination, and a hard work ethic. He hopes that his work gives back to the home by contributing to the healthy eating and nourishment children, and that he serves as a positive role model to the other children. "My dream is to graduate, start my own small farm and provide food and jobs to my community."

*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




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