Shoulders to Lean On

Sisters are able to stay together at NPH.
October 12, 2018 - Honduras

Meet Melinda (left) and Melisa (right). They're just like two peas in a pod.

Families are the basic units of society that orient us through life and shape our identity and perspective of the world. But due to certain life circumstances, not everyone knows or can live with their family.

At NPH, we do our best to offer children living in difficult situations safe and loving homes in which they can grow into healthy, responsible, and caring adults. Our values of love, security, responsibility, sharing, work, faith, and service, influence everything that we do and help guide our growing family.

In 2014, Melisa,* who was just a few months old, joined the NPH family along with her older sister Melinda.* Like other children who come to us at early ages, our home serves as their primary example of family life.

“Melisa has adapted really well here because she knows that this is her home,” says Iris Salinas, the director of our children’s home. She explains further that Melisa’s transition has gone well because she is here with her sister and has made strong bonds with herself and the home’s caregivers.

By providing around-the-clock quality care, love, and individualized attention, the caregivers gain the children’s trust. In turn, the children have stable and responsible adults in their lives who help them to feel secure and give them the confidence they need to explore the world and develop their abilities.

“One can see all of the work that caregivers and employees at NPH do to form relationships with the kids,” says Salinas.

Now at the ages of four and six, Melisa and Melinda are growing up healthily and happily. On a regular day, the girls spend a lot of time together; they wake up, do chores, eat breakfast, attend classes, and play together, which shows in their similarly determined and mature attitudes. Within just a few moments of knowing them, you can tell that they’re sisters who deeply love one another.

In addition to spending quality time together on a regular basis, the girls also spend time together during important events, like birthdays and Christmas. This year, Melisa and Melinda participated on the same team during NPH Honduras’ Olympic games and prepared meals together during volunteer-hosted dinners called ‘the family project.’ But their favorite times of year, also one of their greatest opportunities for family development, are visitors’ and Mother’s day, because their godmother, a form NPH child herself, comes to visit them.

This wide range of activities helps to foster the closeness that the girls feel with each other as well as to promote their relationships with their brothers and sisters at NPH.

“NPH is pretty and I have a lot of friends,” says Melisa with a smile.

We know that biological families cannot be replaced, but for those who cannot be with theirs, girls like Melisa encourage us daily to continue providing adults to look up to and learn from, siblings to grow and play together with, and the stability a physical place you know you can call home for the rest of your life.

*Names changed for privacy purposes.

Arielle Augustin   
Communications Officer

You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson




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