Sunday, 2 October 2011
The Trip of a Life Time......
I have been given the opportunity to travel to 4 countries in Central and South America - all associated with NPH - and FOTOCAN - organizations who help children in Latin America.
I was bitten by the humanitarian bug when travelling to the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua in 2010 and 2011 and now - I am returning in 2012 to Nicaragua for 8 weeks to help organize and structure events for groups of volunteers to these countries who by going there, provide much needed financial support along with medical and construction assistance.
And so it was at a Canada Day Party amongst previous travellers and friends - I was approached by the President of Fotocan, Ken Speers, to accompany him on a trip to 4 NPH orphanages to see if they would be in need of Canadian Assistance in the form of groups of people of all walks of life, willing to lend a hand.
The world is in need of a lending hand these days. I myself never bargained for the Haiti earthquake in January of 2010 - but I had already arranged a trip to the DR for March of that year - a scant 10 hours from Haiti and very heavily involved in the transport of supplies and children to safety in both countries.
And so it is that October 15th I board a plane to Bolivia - the first of 4 stops in 4 countries . Indeed an Opportunity of a Lifetime. And One I will treasure and enjoy for years to come. I feel it is the beginning of a new life....one filled with love, kindness and opportunity to grow.
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Wednesday, 7 September 2011
|NPH Nicaragua - a gift painting from the children|
In January 2011 I travelled to Nicaragua and visited an orphanage there along with 8 other Canadian travellers. What an amazing journey in a land filled with the wonders of nature and a hotbed of political activity.
Some of you may remember in the 70's, the last time the world experienced an oil shortage and economic downturn, that Daniel Ortega and the Sandinista Liberation Army of Nicaragua were struggling to gain political power and control over Nicaragua. You may even remember the journalist who was shot on television in front of millions of viewers in regard to this horrific historical time.
What many of you have not seen - is what happened to the children of Nicaragua - born of insurrection and war, hatred and political strife and left to fend for themselves in a country too poor to help themselves, let alone the children of war.
And all this is in a volcanic mountainous terrain that leads to painted posts along sides of roads to tell you which political area you happen to be in - red and black poles belong to Daniel Ortega and the Sandinista - Managua is the capital and Home to the FSLN - the Sandinista Liberation Army.
After Landing and drivng two hours to NPH Nicaragua, we were welcomed to our Casa (above) a home vacated by 20 boys to welcome visitors from Canada. Visitors who will come again in 2012 and bring with them more groups of visitors and help to their family - all orphans raised and educated, loved, housed and fed by one organization - Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos .
Read the story on the priest , Father Wasson who started it all - it really is quite amazing . Today there are NPH homes for orphaned children all over Central America, Mexico and South America.
And the work they do is amazing - but they need your help too!!!
For a cost of $2500 - you can arrange to go to any orphanage that is part of NPH and be a part of the humanitarian effort this world so needs at this moment in time. In conjunction with NPH is a Canadian Charitable Organization that organizes and supervises the trips. This Organization is called Friends of the Orphans Canada - FOTOCAN.
With your donation, you give $1,000 directly to the orphanage of your choice and the balance pays for your two week stay in the country of your choice . For two weeks, you partake of games, workshops and medical and construction projects to help them live their lives day to day in peace, love and a dynamic family atmosphere.
There is no place else on earth where over 200 children sit to eat at tables in one home each and every day as one happy family and give thanks for the fact they have each other and love. And that love and concern is genuine - a kinder more loving people who sincerely appreciate your coming to them and being a part of their lives.
The Vancouver Team brought with them two full boxes of brand spankin new books for the children - all in spanish and donated by a wonderful Vancouver Book Store - what a treat !!
We also purchased and installed mirrors and shelving in all the washrooms of 12 Casa's, purchased 3,000 plastic hangers and 6,000 clothespins, shower curtains, 12 Irons and much more.....
|Construction Crew showing |
off their brand new work boots and gloves
..beats open toed sandals to build the school...
|the courtyard inside the hotel in Granada , Nicaragua|
No other organization that I know of, assists orphans in a way that this organization does. These orphans are NEVER adopted out. Once they arrive at an NPH Home - they are taken for life if that is their choice. They are fed, housed, educated and loved and all children call each other sister and brother - from eldest to youngest - and ALL have the same respect and adoration for their new found home.
Once they finish school, the older children then have the option to "give back" a year of service to their family - and they can always choose to help out later in life but some go on to be successful and prosperous in their own right - having been given the opportunity through NPH
If you would like to know more information or perhaps go on one of these trips yourself - contact me (Linda) at
with the words
"Let Me Help Too"
in the subject line of your email.
I'd be happy to send you any information you need. If you think you'd love to go but just can't find the cash - think proactive and ask yourself - what's the best way to get a tax deduction for a caribbean vacation?
For more information and pics on my trip to NPH Dominican - see my website
and how some staff at Casino Rama privately helped out then
Sunday, 16 January 2011
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Well it's down to the wire - January 22nd I leave for NPH NIcaragua.
Well it's down to the wire - January 22nd I leave for NPH NIcaragua.
In March of 2010 I joined Friends of the Orphans Canada and travelled to the Domincian Republic and an orphanage a few miles away from San Pedro de Macoris. Two weeks later I returned to Canada with a renewed sense of being and wanting to help others. I was also changing my life around from the economic slump of 2009.
And so it is that this year I am doing two trips with FOTOCAN and NPH. January 22 to Feb 6 is NPH Nicaragua - land of lakes and volcanoes.
I hope to be able to post some pics of my trip while I am away - if not, I'll do so after I return in February.