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Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos to open its homes in Latin America to vulnerable and displaced children as they are returned to countries of origin
CHICAGO, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NPH USA (nphusa.org), which currently supports more than 3,200 abandoned and disadvantaged children in nine Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH) homes in Latin America and the Caribbean, today responded to President Obama's statement regarding the growing problem of unaccompanied minors entering the U.S. with an offer of immediate assistance in the countries of most need.
President of NPH USA Frank Donaghue, in order to help address future needs of the vulnerable children affected by this crisis, has committed to working with U.S. authorities and those in Latin America including El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala to open the NPH homes to children who are returned to their countries of origin and whose parents cannot adequately care for them.
"The magnitude of this crisis is astounding. The plights of these unaccompanied minors and the uncertainty of their futures are too profound to be ignored," Donaghue said. "For more than 60 years, NPH's mission has been to provide a stable home, safe environment and opportunities to thrive for disadvantaged children in our homes in Latin America. We will maximize our resources and welcome as many children affected by this dire situation as possible."
Donaghue explained that by working with authorities in these countries, NPH can identify those children most in need, whose parents are not able to care for them as they are returned to their native country. NPH will offer them not only a safe, loving home, but access to education, healthcare, food and outreach programs for life.
Donaghue explained, "Our NPH homes in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala are eager to provide whatever support we can for these children. We will accept those children with no place to return to the best of our capacity. Our commitment to transforming the lives of children in need has provided for over 18,000 children since our founding in 1954."
NPH's model for raising children is unique. NPH homes in nine Latin American and Caribbean countries provide a permanent home for orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children. Children are not placed for adoption, but instead are welcomed with their brothers and sisters as part of the stable and nurturing NPH family. While being raised in the homes, children are secure in their daily needs so they are able to focus on education and personal growth, knowing that a loving support system will always be in place. This model enables them to grow into caring and productive members of their communities as they reach adulthood and become tomorrow's leaders.
"We will affect change in these countries by creating educated leaders that move forward with new policies and community initiatives," said Donaghue. "By focusing on youth, NPH is transforming the lives of children and subsequently changing the future of these countries from within."
For information about NPH USA, please visit www.nphusa.org, or call 888-201-8880 to make a donation in response to this tragedy.
Chicago-based NPH USA, a U.S. fundraising arm, and Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos International transform the lives of orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since its founding in 1954, NPH has assisted nearly 18,000 children and currently cares for more than 3,200 in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. For more information about NPH, please visit www.nphusa.org.
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