Projects

What is a Volunteer Work Project?

Our team members from every country often report how much this experience “changed my life” We offer all ages an opportunity to see first hand how the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos homes operate and a chance to work one-on-one with our staff and the children. Experienced team leaders and country coordinators oversee preparations and details before departure and during your time in country! For a detailed explanation or a presentation in your area, contact us.

These are the current projects we are offering


Bolivia


Making a Difference
One Life at a Time.

Project Dates - October 5-19, 2018 - BO-01-18

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.
What the Canadian teams have accomplished - Three project years began in 2013. 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. The Canadians also had the added pleasure of partaking in the traditional birthday party for 15 year-olds in 2015! Work projects in Bolivia were suspended due to political issues from 2015 until this year, but we are back on track to continue our work in 2018.

Who to contact for more information -
cmiller@fotocan.org
dmair@fotocan.org


Dominican Republic


Making a difference
One life at a time.

Project Dates - February 10-17 - DR-01-18 / February 17-24 - DR-02-18

On January 06, 2003, the NPH-Dominican family was born. NPH-Dominican started with seven children in a rented home in San Pedro de Macoris, a city near to where the new home sits today. Since then it has grown quickly, including paved roads and growing trees. The house accommodates children of all ages, from newborns to young adults, and has a state-of-the-art special needs facility.
What the Canadian teams have accomplished - Our first group of volunteers travelled to the home in the Dominican Republic in 2006. Projects FOTOCAN has undertaken either fully or in part, include a two storey primary/preschool, a maintenance building and carpentry shop, a regulation size soccer field complete with a sprinkler system and nets, a storage warehouse and a multi use centre. Some smaller projects completed by FOTOCAN volunteers have included playground equipment, landscaping, sidewalks, clotheslines and gardens. The teams have also paid it forward by gifting the people of the surrounding “batays”, who housed our students while the home was being built, with volleyball and basketball courts and playground equipment. We have recently assisted in the build and equipped the technical and vocation workshop for the children with supplies from DeWalt power tools.

Who to contact for more information -
cnigro@fotocan.org
lrusso@fotocan.org


El Salvador


Making a difference
One life at a time.

No Project Dates for 2018

The current home in El Salvador was completed in 2004 in the town of Texisteque. It is quite large with educational facilities for preschool through secondary school, clinic, administrative offices, vocational workshops, a large kitchen and dining hall, gardens, farm and homes for boys, girls and babies. Older students live at another home in Santa Ana to prepare for and attend university or technical schools. In order to further our charitable purposes, 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. In 1999, Father Wasson founded the sixth NPH orphanage in Santa Ana, El Salvador. As with the other NPH homes, his decision was based on the needs of the many neglected and abandoned children.
What the Canadian teams have accomplished - Currently, we are not physically supporting this home because of some political upheaval, but we do send a portion of our funds to assist this home when necessary. We have Canadians who also support through sponsoring children from El Salvador.

Who to contact for more information -
info@fotocan.org



Guatemala


Making a difference
One life at a time.

Project Dates - February and/or March 2018

The NPH Guatemala family moved from its rented facility to its permanent home in August 2003 after the basic buildings were completed. The home, outside of the highlands of Parramos, is called Casa San Andres and is home to 350 orphaned, abandoned and at-risk children. In addition, over 150 students from local communities come to the NPH school and the medical clinic. It is also the home of a comprehensive Montessori school in the primary and junior grades and a new church completed in 2017. Its vocational workshops include baking, cooking, sewing, welding, handcrafts, carpentry and a state-of-the-art coffee shop and small snack shop were incorporated successfully into the NPH home.
What the teams have accomplished - Canadian student teams and adult teams have been serving the Guatemalan home since 2002 by maintaining buildings and funding the visitor house within the last three years. This year, two student groups from St. James Catholic High School in Guelph brought over 40 bodies each to assist in the daily chores. We offer summer projects for teachers and others who cannot make the winter months work.

Who to contact for more information -
tdonaghy@fotocan.org  


Haiti


Making a difference
One life at a time.

No Project Dates available

In 1987, Father William Wasson founded Nos Petits Frères et Sœurs (NPFS), French for "Our Little Brothers and Sisters," a home for orphaned and abandoned children in Kenscoff, Haiti and since then it has been the permanent home for orphaned and abandoned children from age 5 to young adults. The earthquake of 2010 severely devastated the areas around the home and destroyed some of our buildings. This was further complicated by storms since then and recently Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc on the country without damaging our NPH home.
What the Canadian teams accomplished - Joy and sorrow share the stage in Haiti so often. After many years of Canadians in Haiti, we agreed to send financial support only until the situation on the ground was more stable. The celebration of the 30 year anniversary of the home reunited visitors and alumni for the festivities. It was a wonderful gathering of many who had not been seen together for years. They worked hard to assist in delivering handcrafted fishing boats filled with supplies to Jeremie, the region most devastated by Hurricane Matthew in 2016. We continue to ask for your monetary support for the Haitian people who are served by our home with food, supplies and medical services.

Who to contact for more information -
info@fotocan.org




Honduras


Making a difference
One life at a time.

Possibly March 2018

A thriving, bustling community less than an hour from the nation's busy capital, Rancho Santa Fe is the second oldest of the NPH homes. Over five hundred boys and girls make their home in this vast wooded oasis in the hills—a metropolis in comparison to the surrounding quiet pueblos—while an additional one hundred youths study and live in the capital, Tegucigalpa.
The home is quite self-sufficent, having its own Montessori-based preschool, elementary school and junior high school. It also houses many vocation workshops, has its own farm with cattle, chickens and pigs. They make their own cheese, tortillas and bread plus they have vegetable gardens and fruit orchards. All of this ensures that the children of the home have plentiful and nutritious meals.
What the Canadian teams accomplished - Our first Canadian team arrived at the Honduran home in February of 2016. The team worked not only with the staff and children but also the “abuelos” or elder community with sewing, knitting and other social activities. We hope to have return teams in 2018 to see one of the largest of the homes in area, Rancho Santa Fe.

Who to contact for more information -
kspeers@fotocan.org




Mexico


Making a difference
One life at a time.

No Project Dates available

NPH Mexico is the oldest and first home in the NPH family with its main facility in the town of Miacatlan south of Mexico City. It is home to over 435 children and is a small town in and of itself with schools, chapel, dining hall, clinic, administrative buildings, gardens and its own farm. Additionally, over 150 students attend the NPH vocational school in Cuenavaca and 70 young adults are attending university and living in Monterrey, Mexico. Another home was opened in the northern part of the country in 2008 and is home to 31 younger children. NPH Mexico is very proud of their extracurricular programs and have a dance and music troupe that travels abroad to places in the U.S., Europe and Canada to raise funds for their family in Mexico.
Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos first home was established in Mexico in 1954. An old, converted sugar plantation, Hacienda San Salvador, now serves as the main facility for the large family of approximately 1,000 children. Always bustling with activity, it is located in the small village of Miacatlán, 27 miles southwest of Cuernavaca, and 77 miles south of Mexico City.
What the Canadian teams accomplished - We have been invited consistently to join the Mexico family at their home, however current political conditions are impeding our desire to assist there. We are hoping that conditions improve to have the first adult team visit soon. We continue to support this home financially and through the sponsorship program.

Who to contact for more information -
info@fotocan.org




Nicaragua


Making a difference
One life at a time.

Project Dates - February 1-15 / February 15 - March 1 / March 1-15 / March 15 - 29

At its peak capacity, Casa Santiago, on the island of Ometepe and Casa Assis housed well over 300 children. After the last eruption of one of the two volcanoes on the island in 2005, a new home was built with all of the necessary buildings on the mainland between Nandaime and Jinotepe on the Pan-American highway. In Casa Padre Wasson, there are around 200 children registered with 45 attending university in Managua. New families are being accepted now that the government has reneged on an initiative regarding homeless babies placed with individual families.
What the Canadians accomplished - Casa Madre Teresa was our first major project. This house for visitors, which includes seven bedrooms with two showers each, a spacious kitchen, laundry and dining area, was finished by fall 2011. Since then, construction projects have included retaining walls, cement stairways and sidewalks in preparation for the rainy season. Solar power was installed at Casa Madre Teresa and the electrical infrastructure was updated for the entire complex. The greenhouse roof was recovered and another truck was purchased to add to the depleting fleet.
As of February 2014, the teams continued pouring sidewalks, planting fields and gardening flower beds and in general maintaining of the property at large. We have assisted in financing a portion of the security wall among other various projects as identified and approved by the board. July 2014 will also saw the beginning of a medical outreach program in cooperation with the local health unit and area medical personnel. 2017 saw the first agricultural team to explore and enhance the development of better farming practices at the three locations of the home.

Who to contact for more information -
jking@fotocan.org




Peru


Making a difference
One life at a time.

Project Dates - January, February, March 2018

The arrival of the first two children back in December of 2004 marked the birth of NPH International's eighth home which is operated by our affiliated organization, NPH Peru. Now the family is comprised of children as young as one year old and up to the age of 23 with approximately 100 children calling Casa Santa Rosa home.
It is currently the smallest NPH home but it is rapidly growing and developing under the careful attention of the loving and dedicated staff of employees and volunteers. Until May 2007, the Peru home was located on rented property in Cajamarca, in the northern region of Peru. For four years after the 15 hectares of land was purchased, while awaiting construction and infrastructure of the new property, the home was temporarily located in the sunny village of Lunahuaná. In October 2011 the children were finally moved to their new and permanent home in San Vincente de Canete.
What the Canadians accomplished Our first group of volunteers travelled to the Peru home in 2008 to build facilities for future volunteer groups including bathrooms and showers adjacent to the existing farmhouse on the property. Each winter since 2009, groups of Fotocan volunteers have raised funds for and travelled to Peru to assist with construction of various buildings at the home. As of March 2015, in part as a result of Fotocan's projects, there are seven children's homes (with the 8th under construction), a home for the National Director, a long term volunteer home, an industrial kitchen and dining hall as well as a baby house located on the site. Each year our volunteers have taken on smaller projects to enhance the buildings or the grounds of the home. These have included building a playground, sandbox, soccer field and sun shelters along with woodworking projects, painting and landscaping. This 2017 accomplishments included a new building for maintenance and a storage room both with cement flooring, a new pergola complete with landscaping and the planting of fruit and shade trees.

Who to contact for more information -
jzister@fotocan.org
aross@fotocan.org




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