Founded in 1954 in Mexico by Father William B. Wasson, an American priest, Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for "Our Little Brothers and Sisters") administers programs for vulnerable children and their families in nine countries in Latin America and the Caribbean – Bolivia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru.
NPH’s primary focus for more than six decades has been offering safe and secure residential care homes, comprehensive healthcare and educational opportunities to children without parental or family care, empowering them to develop their unique potential and become productive members of society.
NPH USA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation (Federal Tax ID# 65-1229309) and an asterisked listing in the Official Catholic Directory - (Arch) Diocese of Chicago section. NPH USA provides fundraising and volunteer support to NPH.
In 2017, NPH significantly expanded its programming by introducing the NPH OneFamily Program, which offers an array of services to strengthen families and prevent child abandonment and the separation of the child from his or her family. NPH OneFamily supports the long-term process of child reintegration, including the social service resources to effectively manage each reintegration case. Specifically, NPH OneFamily:
- Continually engages children through family awareness programs to understand their reintegration opportunities and opinions;
- Prepares children and families for family reintegration through a comprehensive, child-centric, and compassionate process;
- Reintegrates children with families in accordance with local laws;
- Provides extensive follow-up support focused on the wellbeing of the child, including a connection to the broader NPH family for life.
Based on a means-tested approach per family, NPH designs a long-term support plan that takes into account the child’s educational opportunities, unique medical needs, nutrition, clothing, lodging, etc. Early in the transition, the child receives clothing, hygienic items, school supplies, etc. NPH also ensures that families receive financial support to cover school enrollment fees, tuition, uniforms, shoes, and transportation costs.
NPH OneFamily teams, most commonly comprised of social workers and psychologists, commit to home and school visits to verify the child’s well-being. Periodic parental training classes are a required component of NPH OneFamily, in which family members receive ongoing training that not only benefits the child who has been reintegrated, but also other children who may be living in the home environment. Families receive coaching on how to effectively support their children in achieving their short-, mid-range and long-term goals. In addition, NPH makes efforts to foster the connection of the child to the NPH home where he or she may have lived for a limited time, or a period of several years.
NPH OneFamily offers a continuum of care for children reintegrated with their families and the promise of ongoing support to ensure that they reach their full potential in their family environment.