By Lisa Phillips
NPH is unique in that it specifically seeks to keep siblings together and is not a typical “orphanage” because the program does not seek to place the children in adoptive homes. When children come to NPH, they are told they will never be asked to leave, and many stay to complete their college education, followed by a Year of Service at the ranch. NPH Honduras has a preschool/kindergarten, primary and secondary schools, training in technical skills, and medical facilities. They grow much of their own food.
Twenty-three people, mostly members of my church, are taking part: four middle school students, six high school students, five college students (including my daughter) and eight adults. While there, we will do chores on the ranch while the children are in school, then interact with the children through activities, meals, and homework. We’ll spend one evening with the NPH staff, volunteers, and Year of Service students, and will also visit the NPH home for severely disabled children.
Why am I going? I suppose you could say my reasons are entirely selfish. I think it will be a life-changing experience. In today’s world, riddled by hatred, violence, and terrorism, I hunger for a way to renew my faith in humanity. I am particularly eager to spend time with the youth in our team; I know they will be amazing. I am godmother to Yadira, a 9-year-old girl at the ranch; I’m looking forward to meeting her for the first time. And maybe…just maybe…I can do something to bring joy to others while I’m there. And come home with hope.