Making a Difference
One Life at a Time.
The project for 2014 was the Visitors Casa. Team members assisted with various smaller projects in the school, the visitors house, the children's home, the farm and the grounds. In the evenings the volunteers had the opportunity to spend time with the children, playing cards, doing crafts or singing. Volunteers took the children on an excursion to the nearby pool.
NPH-Bolivia opened in April 2005, with previous accommodations in a rented house outside Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Six siblings, who were abandoned by their mother and a family of five, including an infant, whose mother died in childbirth, were the first children welcomed to the home. In order to further our charitable purposes, Friends of the Orphans, Canada (Fotocan) carries out programs and activities intended to provide homes in which orphaned and abandoned children receive food, clothing, health care and education in a family environment based on the principles of unconditional acceptance and love, sharing, work and responsibility.
The home opened April 16, 2005 and was the second country in South America to have an NPH home. The director of the home is a former pequeno, raised at NPH Mexico. Construction at the permanent site called Casa Padre Wasson, began in November 2006.
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On January 15, 2008 the children and staff moved from the temporary site into their permanent home which now includes eight family-style homes for children and staff, a volunteer's house, a baby house, a clinic and a primary school. In 2011, two pequeños became the home’s first to begin attending university. Sustainable agricultural projects were launched in 2012. A service group, Mi Voz, Se Escucha (“My Voice Is Heard”), organizes activities and helps people in the area. The first Fotocan team travelled to San Ignacio del Sara, Bolivia in October, 2013.