In 1954, a boy was arrested for stealing from the poor box of a small church in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. The young priest in charge, Father William Wasson of the United States, was unwilling to press charges against this “thief.” Instead, he asked for custody of the boy. One week later, the judge sent him eight more homeless boys. By year’s end, 32 boys were in residence and Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos™ (NPH), Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters,” was born.
Over 17,500 children have grown up in the NPH family, which now operates homes in eight additional countries: Honduras, Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Peru and Bolivia. Today, over 3,300 children are being cared for in a loving, secure environment.
Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos™, Dominican Republic.
In 2003 they opened their NPH home for orphaned and abandoned children in the Dominican Republic, fulfilling another dream of their beloved founder Fr William Wasson. Currently there are 200 children living with them (from babies to 18 years old). They have 13 teachers in the school and more than 70 caretakers, employees and volunteers working with them. 15 children homes have been built, 3 are curently being used as visitor and volunteer houses and 12 are children´s houses.
There are two school buildings, a volunteer house, an office building, a church, a large central kitchen, a beautiful garden and a clinic. The property also includes various agricultural areas, a farm, a green house, playgrounds, a basketball court and their own baseball and soccer fields.
Every month new children are waiting to be accepted and as they are growing they need more homes to house the children. They have learnt from past expereinces that it makes sense to construct a group of houses to keep material and labour costs as low as possible, so their dream is to start with the construction of 3 more children’s homes.
With the construction of three more homes they will be able to house at least 48 more children.