A hermano mayor reflects on NPH's role in helping him build a successful life of his own after leaving. December 8, 2016 - Honduras
If you make a visit to any NPH home you will see days filled with cheerful children, visits to schools, help out with chores and work, and learn the "inner workings" of an NPH home. One thing that often goes under looked or under appreciated, is how NPH impacts lives after a pequeño's time there is over. Enter Christian Aguilar.
Christian Aguilar outside his home in Tegucigalpa.
Christian is a former pequeno, called an "hermano mayor," or big brother, who lives and works in the nearby city of Tegucigalpa with his wife, also a hermana mayor, and two children - a son and a one-year-old-daughter. Thanks to his own hard work and persistence, as well as a lot of learning from his time with NPH, Christian has a stable job and can support his family in a time and area where that's not always easy.
"Yea, I know several people without work, even here in this area. There are a lot of difficult obstacles in obtaining work such as experience, age, and professional behavior ... education more than anything else. Another important component are having job connections, or people who you know to help you get a job." For Christian, though, he was able to overcome these obstacles, all with the help of his time on the Ranch.
"Fortunately for me, it was not too hard to find work out of NPH. Because of my experience in the metal-works taller (workshop), I had work experience that I used to help me find a job in metalworking right away." After some time he found that metal working was not his true calling, and he switched over into the field of education.
Christian is currently a secondary teacher in Tegucigalpa, and while there was no "teaching taller (workshop)" at NPH to get him the same previous experience that he got in metal working, he still recognizes the influence that NPH has on his current job. "At NPH, I had great professors that acted as examples of how to teach, how to run a class room, how to relate to students. They gave me an example of what to work to be like as a teacher now." Ultimately, this job change has been a success for Christian. He finds his new work to be "more of a vocation than it is about making money ... I love my job."
It's this love for ones work that Christian finds so important. “What is my advice for pequeños when they look for work? Find a job that you enjoy doing. You will ultimately want to do better at it, and will be a better worker." "Oh, and also, ALWAYS be punctual and on time for every day of work," he jokingly-yet-seriously adds.
Thanks to the financial stability provided to him and his family through his work, he, his wife, and their two kids are able to look forward to comfortably celebrating the upcoming Christmas holiday. "Sometimes, especially in the beginning," said Christian, thinking back to his time at NPH, "Christmas at the Ranch could be difficult because my mother was in the United States. But I remember going to Tio Richard (the children's affectionate name for Reinhart Koehler, who helped found NPH Honduras) helping me place calls to her on his phone. Overall Christmas on the Ranch was fun with the bonfires, family meals, fiestas, and celebrations."
Now with his own family, Christian enjoys their celebrations together. "Well first, I love decorating the house, as this is one of my favorite holidays. We also have a big meal together as a family, and have other family members or close friends over to celebrate with us."
Christian is a great example of the fruits of NPH's labor. He is a kind and loving father and husband, and, even amidst a country that sees a whopping 62% poverty rate,* has a stable and well paying job that allows him to support a family of his own.
*Statistic from World Bank, 2013.
Alex Hanel Communication Officer
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—Fr. William Wasson