Our Homes: NPH Guatemala

GuatemalaNPH’s fifth home for orphaned, abandoned and at-risk children was established in rented facilities in 1996. The family moved to their new home, named Casa San Andres, which is situated 4,900 feet above sea level in Guatemala’s highlands, in August 2003.

NPH Guatemala Facts

November 11, 1996

Children/youth fully supported:

Total services provided:
466 (Includes children and youth fully supported, community children, youths and adults who receive support by either attending our onsite schools, receive scholarships, receive in-kind donations and or medical/social services.)

In Parramos, 16 miles from Antigua and an hour northwest of Guatemala City, the capital

25 acres of land, homes, school (grades K-9), vocational workshops, clinic, farm and greenhouse

  • Through the “My First Job” program launched in 2016, the government provided a subsidy of 60% for the payment of 19 NPH university students enrolled in the program and working at the home.
  • Two special projects – Family Bakery and The Smile Shop – were launched in 2015. The bakery offers fresh pastries made on site and coffee to help local fundraising. It is staffed by students who gain professional experience and business management skills. The Smile Shop is an integrated learning store for children and young adults with physical and cognitive disabilities. Participants make and sell healthy snacks, attend to clients, and manage resources, learning skills for independence.
  • The school year in Guatemala is January – October.
  • The school curriculum includes Spanish, social studies, natural sciences, English, arts and crafts, music and sports.
  • There are five nationally certified vocational workshops: Baking, Cooking, Carpentry, Metalwork, and Sewing.
  • Children of all ages help cultivate the vegetables on the farm.

Guatemala Facts

42,042 square miles – about the size of Tennessee

15,189,958 (July 2016 est.)

Spanish 60%, Amerindian languages 40% (there are more than 20 officially recognized Amerindian languages)

Devastation of 35 years of civil war; more than half the population lives below the poverty line

More Information: 
Holiday Celebrations at NPH Guatemala
• VIDEO: NPH Guatemala – A Glimpse at Family Life
• Fact Sheet (PDF)
Home Map
• Visitor’s Guide (PDF)

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