Life Lessons In and Out of NPH

Read about Olson, who is applying the life lessons he learned at NPH Honduras to his life at home with his family. Olson rejoined his biological family two years ago through the NPH OneFamily reintegration program.
March 12, 2019 - Honduras

Meet Olson, a recent high school graduate who came to NPH Honduras with his four siblings in 2010.

Life lessons come in various forms: through people, past experiences, and ideas. Sometimes they are difficult to swallow, and other times they’re easy to take in. But regardless how we initially react to them, they can make a valuable impact on our lives. As a result, we might change our behavior and perspective for the better. Like sown seeds, these lessons hold promises of transformation and growth that, if properly cared for, can be fulfilled.

Olson, a recent high-school graduate who came to NPH Honduras with his four siblings in 2010, has made sure to keep track of the lessons he’s learned both within and outside the walls of NPH.

When asked what he learned while here, he says, “Ah, I learned a lot! Never to judge somebody ... and especially, have a little faith in those who don’t seem to have a future, because something good can come out of that person. I’ve experienced that with friends and even with myself.”

He credits much of his success to joining Jóvenes en Acción, our youth leadership club, and to his mentors, such as Santiago Ávila, a former resident of our home and director of our vocational school.

“In part, I was a troublemaker. But after joining the leadership group, I started to look at things more seriously, became more mature, and behaved better in my home.”

One of the best pieces of advice that Ávila gave him was to “always look at life like a competition. The goal is to win. There will always be obstacles in your path, but your goal is to overcome them, because avoiding them will only make them worse.”

Putting that advice into action, Olson began dedicating himself to his studies, especially his favorite subjects, math and science, which paved the way for him to go to high school in Tegucigalpa in 2015.

In that same year, he moved back home with his maternal aunt, grandmother, siblings, and cousins. It was an important year for him not only because he was back at home and still receiving support from NPH, but also because the transition taught him real world skills.

“[Tegucigalpa] is a place that can change you, where you use what you’ve learned so that you don’t fall into things that harm you but do fall into things that help you.”

In 2017, when the NPH OneFamily program was formed, Olson began to receive additional support from a team of social workers and psychologists who helped him reinforce his values and focus more on his education.

In addition to that formal support, he continues to receive a lot of informal support from the community that he’s developed at NPH throughout the years. Even outside of NPH, he is still surrounded by a network of friends and mentors who, he says, “are always there in the good times and the bad times.”

Said with the wisdom of a kid beyond his years, Olson adds, “always have your education and your values out front, [and] focus on what you want.”

Remembering the lessons that he’s learned along on the way, he plans to pursue university studies in biochemical engineering and share the values that he’s learned at NPH with others.

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




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