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NPH OneFamily

NPH OneFamily offers an array of services to strengthen vulnerable families in nine countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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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.

Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

Over the past several years, children formerly cared for by NPH in our residential homes have been fortunate to have been reintegrated with their families. In these cases, both the children and their families could benefit from integrated social services to help them address the reasons why children frequently enter into alternative care. Unfortunately, sufficient social services do not currently exist. Recognizing this great unmet need, in 2017, NPH significantly expanded its programming by introducing NPH OneFamily, which 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 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 well-being of the child. 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, lodging, clothing, etc. NPH ensures that families receive financial support to pay for school enrollment fees, tuition, uniforms, shoes and transportation costs. In addition, early in the transition, the child receives hygiene items, clothing, school supplies, etc. NPH OneFamily teams, most commonly comprised of social workers and psychologists, commit to home and school visits to verify the child’s well-being. Parents also have the opportunity to attend coaching on how to effectively support their children in achieving their short-, mid-, and long-term goals. NPH OneFamily promises ongoing support to children who were once under NPH's residential care to ensure they reach their full potential in their family environment.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

NPH OneFamily beneficiaries include vulnerable children and youth and their families in nine countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently, the program is operating in Honduras and Guatemala. In 2018, it is being launched in Mexico and Peru. By 2020, it will be launched in NPH’s remaining countries of operation: Bolivia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, and Nicaragua. The beneficiary children were once under the care of NPH but have since been reintegrated with their biological family. All of them are vulnerable. Many of them have lived in dangerous or unsanitary conditions or on the street; begged and scavenged to survive; suffered abuse; had no stable family life; never attended school; and lacked proper nutrition and healthcare. Due to extreme poverty, their families may struggle to secure education, employment, clean water, nutrition, healthcare and/or adequate shelter.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, several organizations provide temporary, protective care for children, reintegrating them with their biological families when possible. But, NPH OneFamily is unique in that it offers ongoing support for children and their families following reintegration. Extending support following reintegration and to the children's families (not only to the children) set the program apart from other programs in the region. Furthermore, while many organizations help to meet children's basic needs, NPH is unique in that it has long offered a sustainable path to success, including high school, vocational and university education. NPH OneFamily ensures that children reintegrated with their families will not lose this guarantee. NPH OneFamily allows NPH to stay true to its founder's mission to care for children in need and to honor Matthew 25:40: "...whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Early Adoption: I have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the intended users of the idea. I have begun to expand the pilot for early adoption.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Founded in 1954 in Cuernavaca, Mexico by Father William B. Wasson, an American priest, Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for "Our Little Brothers and Sisters") (www.nph.org) transforms the lives of vulnerable children with homes, healthcare and educational opportunities making a difference in Latin America and the Caribbean. NPH USA (www.nphusa.org) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation (Federal Tax ID# 65-1229309) that provides fundraising and volunteer support to NPH.

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

NPH recognizes the importance of children living with their biological families and celebrates when it is determined that reintegration is the best option for children under its care. Simultaneously, NPH has experienced concern about whether its reintegrated children might lose their guarantee of educational opportunities, health coverage, or therapies critical to their healthy and full development. NPH started NPH OneFamily to ensure these guarantees are extended to our reintegrated children.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

A lack of prosperity and existence of poverty, especially extreme poverty, always threaten a peaceful society. Poverty has adverse effects on hunger, health outcomes, education, and a family's ability to survive and thrive. Poverty and desperation lead people to engage in theft, violence, extortion, drug trafficking, human trafficking and other dangerous and illegal activities. NPH OneFamily offers an array of services to impoverished children and their families to help them combat poverty and achieve prosperity. The program meets children's basic and educational needs while allowing them to remain with their biological family. It provides vocational and higher education opportunities that will position them to break the unrelenting intergenerational cycle of poverty and to serve as productive citizens and leaders throughout their societies. In doing so, NPH OneFamily helps to spread prosperity and peace.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

NPH will work closely with courts, families and the children under its care to determine whether reintegration with the child's family is the best option for the child. If reintegration is the best option for the child, then NPH will work with the government to ensure that the reintegration process is in accordance with local laws. The NPH team that provides extensive follow up support for the child and family will comprise social workers and psychologists, employed by NPH. These social workers will work with local schools to conduct 'check-ins' to ensure NPH OneFamily children are attending school. NPH OneFamily would not be possible without the tens of thousands of child sponsors and donors around the world who financially support NPH. These individuals and foundations are key partners in delivering NPH's transformative programs and services. NPH will continue to engage existing and new individual donors and strategize to secure foundation funding to support the program.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Since the beneficiary children have lived in our residential care homes for some period of time, NPH is very familiar with their strengths. They are driven by Christian principles and value unconditional love, shared responsibility and helping others. They possess a strong work ethic and are intentional about pursuing their education. They have defined goals for how they aspire to offer leadership to their communities, and the older children have already developed one or more vocational skills.

Geographic Focus

Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, and Nicaragua

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

NPH OneFamily is currently operating in Honduras and Guatemala. The program will be launched in NPH's remaining seven countries over the course of the next 30 months (July 2018 - December 2020). In 2018, it is being launched in Mexico and Peru. In 2019 and 2020, it will be launched in NPH’s remaining countries of operation: Bolivia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, and Nicaragua.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

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Hello Courtney, great project! As I mentioned in my reply to your post, one of our partners, Haiti Adolescent Girls Network, helps young girls in Haiti, in Port-au-Prince and many other locations in Haiti, by providing safe spaces and mentors for moral support and guidance. These girls are often separated from their families - perhaps the two of you could work together towards reuniting them with their families and providing guidance to take on new opportunities (such as selling clean cookstoves as part of our project).

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