Darlyn is currently participating in the NPHI Seattle Institute Program. This interview is from right before she left Guatemala on this exciting journey. October 20, 2017 - Guatemala
Darlyn and some University friends
Darlyn is a young university student who grew up in NPH Guatemala and now has the chance to participate in the NPH International Seattle Institute program.
How long have you been living at NPH Guatemala and how do you reflect on your life here?
I have been living in NPH for 19 years; I was 8 years old when I arrived, and my brothers and sisters already had been in the home for two years when I became part of the NPH family.
When I first arrived, it was really difficult for me to get used to the new rhythm of life. Even though I would be close to my brothers and sisters, I missed my mother. My childhood wasn’t easy, but at the same time, I was happy to meet so many people, it was incredible. To be able to learn new things and have so many people from all over the world around me was very exciting and still is. I liked to play soccer all the time, I wanted to be on the field and not in the classroom. I also liked when our caregiver took us to a tree where we used to swing all the time with my friends with whom I grew up. I feel very happy to have been able to share with Father Wasson and to know how incredible he was. I remember him as a caring gentleman with a sparkle in his eyes, that told me how much he loved me. That made me feel protected.
What values did you learn at NPH Guatemala and which values are the most important in your life?
Sharing, respect, discipline, faith and unconditional love. I consider that for me they are all important since they have helped me become the person I am today, and have helped me make the right decisions for my personal and professional life.
What are you studying, and why?
Currently I study physical and occupational therapy at the University of San Carlos. I decided to study this because I have always liked to help people and I believe that this is a way I can make a difference. I really like to teach; I am also a teacher. I am willing to sacrifice my personal time to support the most people I can. It is something that makes me happy and fills me personally, being able to make a person laugh and make her feel special is very important for me. That gives me the satisfaction of knowing that I am putting a little bit of myself in this big world, with so many people who need help and motivation.
In September you go to Seattle to participate in the leadership program. What do you expect of your time there?
I am really excited about this great opportunity. I am ready for this new experience that will help me to learn more about my character. I hope I will be able to understand everything the best I can. I am sure I will learn many new things that will impact the rest of my life. I will do everything possible to benefit from the program, so that I will return home smarter, stronger and improved in the best way possible, to motivate my younger brothers and sisters who are interested in these kinds of opportunities in the near future.
To learn more about the NPHI Seattle Institute, visit the blog: leadershipprogram.nph.org.
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You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson