Frequently Asked Questions: General

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What is NPH USA?
NPH USA is working to eliminate poverty by providing a stable home where value is placed on education, work and responsibility, helping orphaned and disadvantaged children to become productive members of their communities thus breaking the cycle of poverty. We do this by supporting Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”) a network of orphanages in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Mission Statement: NPH USA is dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children through our support of the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) network of orphanages in Latin America and the Caribbean.

NPH USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Tax ID #65-1229309. Contributions are tax deductible as provided by law.  
Click here for financial information.

What makes NPH USA different?

NPH USA provides direct assistance to Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos which cares for over 3,500 orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children in nine countries and has outreach programs for the surrounding communities. Our donors receive prompt acknowledgement of their gifts and we ensure the aid we send to NPH is properly used through stringent accounting and financial reporting procedures. We encourage visits to the NPH homes so that you may meet the children in person and see the impact your assistance has on their lives.

What does “pequeño” mean?
It is Spanish for "little" or "child." "Pequeños" refers to a group of boys and girls or more than one boy. "Pequeña" and "pequeñas" refers to one girl and a group of girls, respectively.

What is child sponsorship? 
Through our Child Sponsorship Program, an individual, family, class or group helps a child in two ways. First, by developing a relationship that will strengthen the child’s self-esteem, while assuring the child that someone considers him or her very special and unique; and second, by providing ongoing financial support for the care of all of the children. As a sponsor, you will receive a photo of your Godchild, a welcome letter from NPH, an annual school progress report and personal letters from your child.
Click here for more information about sponsoring a child.

Where are the NPH homes located?
There are NPH homes in nine countries: Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. See our Fact Sheets for details on each home including location, number of children, etc.

How many children are in the care of NPH?
Currently NPH provides care to over 3,700 children at the homes and through external programs. The homes range in size from 36 children to over 800. Since its founding in 1954, NPH has cared for nearly 16,000 children. In 2010, NPH outreach programs assisted more than one million children and adults in Haiti alone.Click here for more information about the homes.

Are the children adoptable?
No. The children who find their way to NPH have been orphaned, abused, shuffled from one family member to another. Like all children, they are seeking love and security, a place they can call home. When they come to NPH, they are told they will never be asked to leave. The children grow and learn in their culture and language and become contributing citizens in their own countries. Also, many children arrive with several brothers and sisters; NPH promises to keep them together as a family.
Click here for more information about the children.

Do the children have contact with their families?
Most of the children have contact with their extended families. There are scheduled “Visitors Day” during the year in which children receive visitors. The families arrive and spend the day on the NPH grounds usually bringing food and beverages. The families usually consist of older siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins, and sometimes a parent or grandparent. Older teens usually have a free day in which they are able to visit their family if they choose.
  

How long do the children stay at NPH?
There is no fixed age at which the children leave NPH. They stay until they feel prepared to live independently. It also depends on the child and how far they want to pursue their education. Some children may leave NPH and start working after finishing secondary school. Others may stay and attend high school, take vocational training or study at a university. Additionally, when a child has completed his or her education, or perhaps before going on to higher academics, they are expected to give back to their family by completing a year of service (año de servicio or año familiar). In almost all cases they gladly return to work with younger children, serve in the kitchen, offices, school or farm. During their Family Service they continue to be supported by NPH.

Is there a religious affiliation?
NPH is nondenominational. However, the homes are located in countries that are predominately Catholic, so most of the children receive Catholic religious instruction. If a child is of a different faith, he/she is given the assistance to continue that faith.

How can I help the children of NPH?
There are many ways to help!

See the Be A Friend section for more information.

May I volunteer for Friends?
Yes! Volunteers make it possible for NPH USA to support the orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children at NPH. We utilize volunteers for committees, special events, general office help and translating letters to children. Volunteering for Friends can count towards community and school service requirements. Volunteer schedules are flexible and you may work as much or as little as you want. Opportunities may vary by office. Click here to apply onlinePlease note that we support the NPH homes and their outreach programs through fundraising and volunteer efforts; we do not work directly with children in our offices.

May I volunteer at an NPH home?
Yes! NPH accepts volunteers for a minimum of a one-year commitment. Friends has a person on staff who coordinates the application process and provides some initial screening. Click here for more information on the International Volunteer Program.

What if I have additional questions?

Please e-mail info@nphusa.org, or contact your regional office.



Northwest Region
1800 112th Avenue NE
Suite 308-E
Bellevue, WA 98004-2938
425.646.3935
Fax: 425.484.8280
Upper Midwest Region 
2052 Marshall Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104-5744
651.482.1703
Fax: 651.486.8088
Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Region
265 Willard Street
3rd Floor* 
Quincy, MA 02169-1514 
617.206.4940
Fax: 617.481.0117

*Please make note of our new address effective June 15, 2011.

Southwest Region
8925 East Pima Center Pkwy    
Suite 145
Scottsdale, AZ 85258-4407
480.967.9449
Fax: 480.967.9288

Midwest Region 
134 North La Salle Street 
Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60602-1036 
312.386.7499
Fax: 312.658.0040

Southeast Region
2730 SW 3rd Avenue
Suite 600*
Miami, FL 33129-2339
305.663.6211
Fax: 305.663.6210

*Please make note of our new address effective April 15, 2011.

 


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