A Charming Christmas outside NPH in the OneFamily Reintegration Program
NPH’s child reintegration program brings Manuel and his family together for a special Christmas. December 13, 2019 - Honduras
Ever wonder what an NPH OneFamily Christmas feels like? Just ask Manuel, age 13, and his family!
How would you know that Christmas is coming if you lived at NPH Honduras? If you were to drop by one of our homes, you might find children playing outside and putting up lights or Christmas decorations with their caregivers, hear the jolly sounds of Christmas music, or get a yummy whiff of special meals like nacatamales or roasted pork.
And if you were celebrating Christmas at home? According to Manuel, there isn’t much difference. Although certain things about Christmas have changed, many others have not. He still celebrates some of the same traditions that he did back at NPH Honduras, like setting off fireworks, hanging out with friends, and going shopping for new clothes to dress up on Christmas Day.
Only now, those activities are filled with an extra sense of family spirit since he gets to share them with his mom, sister, nephew, and godparents in the comforts of his own home in San Pedro Sula in northwest Honduras, a five-hour drive from Rancho Santa Fe where NPH Honduras is located.
For Manuel Christmas means freedom. “I’m on vacation. I get to set off fireworks, eat, sleep late, and spend time with my family,” he says with a smile. And according to him, this Christmas is going to be even better, because he and his family just moved to their new home in the green mountains of San Pedro Sula where they feel welcome and live just a few steps away from his godparents who love to spend time with him and spoil him with treats.
Since joining the NPH Honduras OneFamily reintegration program in January 2017, Manuel has proven himself to be just as caring, hardworking, and playful as he was while living in NPH Honduras. Now a bit taller and wiser, he’s doing well in school, making new friends, and helping out at home.
While building a new sense of family spirit with his biological family, his connection with NPH remains strong. Through regular visits from the OneFamily team of psychologists and social workers and an annual opportunity to reunite with all his old friends and caregivers at NPH Honduras, he’s still a part of the NPH Family.
Most grateful for the program is Manuel’s mother who says that, “NPH is a big help for my family and me.”
“Before I would spend Christmases alone doing nothing. Now I spend them with Manuel, his sister, and my grandson. With them, Christmas has regained its meaning,” she adds.
When asked what his biggest Christmas wish is, he says vacation time so that he can do more of the things that he enjoys most, like setting off fireworks, playing with friends, and spending time with his family.
This combination of celebrating with his biological family, while feeling supported by NPH makes for a Christmas that just can’t be beat.
Learn more about how you can support an NPH OneFamily Christmas by contacting your local NPH Fundraising office today.
OneFamily is a key program for our homes in Honduras and Guatemala. The program will spread to Mexico in 2020. Interested in supporting OneFamily? Contact your local NPH office to see how you can help.
Children’s names have been changed to protect their privacy.
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