In a remote lowland village surrounded by trees and expansive green fields, resides the ninth NPH home, Casa Padre Wasson. The Bolivian family began in April 2005 and has expanded to their own property with ten family-style homes that house over 100 children, volunteers and employees (there are now 9 homes for children - 4 boys, 4 girls, and 1 for the babies - and 1 home for the volunteers). Since Bolivia is the poorest country in South America, NPH is eager to grow and offer a permanent family to more impoverished children.
Since the relocation to the main facility in 2008, three more homes have been built to receive new members of our family. Construction of a community clinic and four classrooms for our primary students were completed in 2013 to offer more services to the NPH children and surrounding villages. Future plans include building more residential houses for children, staff and visitors.
NPH Bolivia is fortunate to be near the community of Portachuelo, where our secondary children attend the local parish school and church. The home is proud to have three university students (2 males and 1 female) who are among the first two families that arrived in 2005. These students are studying and living in two other cities in Bolivia and return to NPH on the weekends and during their vacations to be with their family.
Being the newest NPH home, the family is still working on many projects. Creating a sustainable agriculture and animal production project is one goal. This would grant the home more independence of the high food prices and the program helps to involve youths in the production and planning process.
NPH Bolivia is led by Jose Luis Guzman and 32 staff.
Kindergarten Graduates: 6
University Students: 3
Childcare Workers: 14
Home opened in Santa Cruz with a family of six children
Construction began at new home site, Casa Padre Wasson
Six houses and dining hall were completed
Family moved to new location with 50 children
First three pequeños graduated from high school
Two more homes were constructed
National Director house was constructed
Home population reach 100 children
First three pequeños began university
Baby house was constructed
Vegetable garden and livestock program began
Opening of school, clinic and volunteer house
Visitor’s and caregiver house slated to be completed