Chronology of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos

1953 –Fr. William Wasson, founder of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, is ordained in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
1954 –Fr. Wasson is given custody of the first boy after he was apprehended for stealing from his church poor box because "he was hungry."
1959 –Girls join the NPH family.
1963 –After nine years, 396 pequeños, or little ones, make up the NPH family of orphaned and abandoned children.
1965 –The first of the Friends of the Orphans (then Friends of Our Little Brothers) offices incorporates.
1969 –Our Little Brothers and Sisters, Inc. is established in Virginia to raise funds for NPH.
1970 –Casa San Salvador in Miacatlán, Mexico, is acquired; work begins to refurbish the old sugar plantation - now home to nearly 1,000 NPH children.
1972 –Fundraising office in Canada opens.
1984 –Fundraising offices in Austria and Germany open.
1985 –Fr. Wasson opens a home in Honduras and names Reinhart Köhler Director. Fundraising office in Switzerland opens.
1987 –Fr. Wasson and Fr. Rick Frechette travel to Haiti where there is an overwhelming need for a hospice and orphanage; Nos Petits Frères et Soeurs Haiti opens.
1991 –Fundraising office in the Netherlands opens.
1994 –Fundraising office in Belgium opens.
1995 –Fr. Wasson establishes an NPH home on Ometepe Island in Nicaragua. Fundraising offices in France and Ireland open.
1996 –Guatemala becomes the third Central American country to benefit from an NPH orphanage.
1999 –The children of war torn El Salvador are welcomed into the newest NPH home for orphaned and abandoned children.
2000 –Fundraising office in Italy opens.
2002 –NPH Dominican Republic opens in San Pedro de Macoris with Kieran Rigney, formerly of NPFS Haiti, as director.
2003 –On June 7, Fr. Wasson celebrates his Golden Jubilee, the 50th anniversary of his priesthood. On December 21, Fr. Wasson celebrats his 80th birthday.
2004 –Fr. Wasson opens a home in Peru and names Alfredo Hernandez director. NPH enters its 50th year of serving children.
2005 –Bolivia is the latest home to join the NPH family; Germán Mercado is named director.
2008 –Fundraising office in Iceland is opened by Jon Levy, a volunteer from NPH Mexico.

 

 

 

 

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