EMS Visitor Brings NPH Story to Life
On Friday, April 13, just before the EMS students departed for their April break, they hosted a very special guest. Julissa visited from Guatemala, where she is currently the Volunteer Coordinator at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH), which means "Our little brothers and sisters." She does her job with pleasure and the expertise that comes from knowing the ins and outs of the organization. This is because Julissa arrived at the home that NPH runs in Guatemala when she was just 9 years old.
As the fifth in a family of 12 children, Julissa is adept at figuring things out quickly and working hard. Her single mother tried for many years to support her children, but was unable to earn enough money to provide for them.
NPH, with more than 3,200 children in nine locations in Central and South America, offers children living in poverty a loving and safe family environment, including education, nutritious food, and health care. At times, NPH is able to provide support for a struggling family. At other times, for a variety of reasons, the children come to live at an NPH home.
NPH supports young people throughout their educational career, including college and graduate school. Julissa pursued this opportunity and graduated from college with a degree in communications. Post graduation she worked in communications, and also spent time in Seattle, WA as part of a 10-month NPH leadership program. Now, at age 30 she is back at NPH Guatemala, where she serves as the International Volunteer Coordinator, guiding people who want to volunteer for one or two years with job descriptions, training, and support.
Since 2013, the Landmark EMS community has provided financial support for 14-year-old Carlos, who is a resident in NPH Honduras. In addition to raising funds for Carlos's care, students write notes, send Landmark swag, and ship gifts and cards for his birthday and Christmas.
Having Julissa on campus brought the NPH story full circle. Maybe some day the NPH visitor will be Carlos.