Our Homes: NPH El Salvador
In 1999, Father Wasson founded the sixth NPH home in Santa Ana, El Salvador. As with the other NPH homes, his decision was based on the needs of the many neglected and abandoned children. In December 2004, the last of the buildings in Texistepeque were completed and the family moved into their new home, Casa Sagrada Familia (“Holy Family”).
NPH El Salvador Facts
June 29, 1999
Children/youth fully supported:
Total services provided:
1,086 (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.)
Near the border of Guatemala in Texistepeque, about 30 miles from San Salvador, the capital
School (grades K-9), vocational workshops, clinic, farm and a waste water treatment plant
- A cooking workshop for children and youth with neurological problems and learning difficulties was launched in 2016, teaching them valuable skills for their future.
- The farm produced 115 bottles of milk per day and 450,000 pounds of corn in 2016.
- The National Director is an hermano mayor (“older brother”), who was raised at NPH Mexico.
- The Groupo Musical y Danza performs traditional music and dances locally and in the U.S.
- The school features modern, well-equipped classes, and offers kindergarten through grade 9. The curriculum includes math, social science, science, language, spelling, English, computer science and physical education.
- All students begin vocational studies during the 7th grade and may choose from carpentry, tailoring, welding, and baking.
El Salvador Facts
8,124 square miles – slightly smaller than Massachusetts
6,156,670 (July 2016 est.)
Spanish, Nahua (among some Amerindians)
A 12-year civil war ended in 1992; very high rate of violence and crime; deforestation, soil erosion, water pollution; hurricanes and earthquakes
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