NPH Bolivia Highlights - Friends of the Orphans
AleniaThe children return from school at 1 p.m.,change out of their uniforms and head to thedining hall for lunch. A typical Bolivian lunchis rice, cabbage salad with carrots and cheese,noodle soup with vegetables or a goulash ofpotatoes, peas and carrots with yam sauce.The food is wonderful and healthy. Groups areassigned to serve the food and also performclean up duties.After lunch, the children finish their chores andthen start on their homework. Each home hasa large dining room table where the childrencan study and/or play games. When lateafternoon arrives, it’s free time and the girlsand boys play soccer, walk to pick mangoes orplay games or puzzles.WilmaWe are so proud of Alenia, one of our 18-yearoldpequeñas who is graduating from high schoolthis year and getting ready for two internationaltrips. In January she will be attending theNPH International Family Services Leadershipworkshop in Honduras and then she will travelto NPH Mexico where she will do an exchangecompleting her year of service. Anotherpequeña, Wilma, will also accompany Alenia toHonduras. Wilma just finished her first yearof service working as a caregiver in the baby’shouse while she studied high school through anonline accelerated program. Next year she willbe assisting in the kitchen as she is a wonderfulbaker. Wilma bakes fantastic cakes for thebirthday parties at the home and will be passingon her craft to other youths during the schoolvacation program.At 6 p.m., the children begin to get organizedfor the following day. They shower, andprepare their uniform and backpacks. Dinneris delivered from the kitchen to the homesand the children eat dinner together in theirown homes. A typical dinner is rice with milk,sonso (yucca, potatoes and cheese), cheeseempanadas, or a noodle or corn soup withbread. Hot tea or an oatmeal drink usuallyaccompanies the meal. The caregivers tuck thechildren in bed at 8 p.m. and say goodnight.On the weekends the children are busy withactivities such as baking bread, youth groupmeetings, soccer tournaments, and Sunday Massin Portachuelo. Once a month there is a birthdayparty complete with piñata, cake and presents forall the birthday boys and girls.For more information about NPH Bolivia please visit www.friendsoftheorphans.orgIn addition to the five completed homes, whichcan house up to 16 children, there are currentlytwo more homes (one for boys and one for girls)under construction. The older youths will moveinto these homes which will create more spacefor additional children. Construction plans for2010 are to build two more homes and constructthe administrative offices.