Coordinator (creative) activities and visual arts teacher.
“I am proud to work at NPH. Everyone is 100% committed and wants the young people to feel at home here. The art profession is extremely important. No longer just sitting in your head, but completely absorbed in the work you are doing. The young people leave differently than when they come in. It's so important, especially when you've been through a lot of trouble, to express it through expression. And it would be fantastic if we could go to a museum with the young people. They are then in a completely different world and that enriches and stimulates their imagination."
"Making theatre, a form of expression that is universal for the whole world. All emotions can be interpreted. You can lose your sadness, experience your joy, express your anger, etc. The youngsters grow in their development when they play. They are daring more and more, they become more confident. And the importance of learning to play together, forming a team, creates friendships and trust in the other. It would be fantastic for the youngsters to be able to go to a performance. It would enrich their lives because a theatrical prediction is like a mirror. You see emotions being interpreted on stage that are recognizable.”
"Dance is the language of the body and Mexican folklore dance connects the young people here with their roots, teaches them more about their identity. Boys and girls dance together and learn to respond to each other in a respectful way. Moreover, it is a way of processing emotions. When I see the young people dancing, I see their joy and enthusiasm. I see how they are connected to themselves, to the others and the world around them."
"Music is a fantastic outlet. During the lessons I see that the young people are completely concentrating on their instrument and forget everything around them. Often I see the faces of the children who came to class sadly change and their eyes shine again and relaxation. And if they could go to a concert, that would be great, it expands their world.”
Physical education teacher
“The aim of physical training is to increase strength, speed and endurance. And the discipline to treat your body well; don't smoke, don't drink, eat healthy. That is what I want to instill in young people. And of course I see the young people getting out of their heads, having fun and being tired after class.”
Football boys and girls
“Football is a sport where you learn to work together as a team. Each team member has their own specialty within the team, their own role. You complement each other and each is important. The competitive element is also important. You learn to commit to a part, to give the best of yourself. Winning is a party, losing learn to deal with setbacks and learn from what went wrong."
"Jump, hit, catch, throw. All these techniques are discussed and here the young people can let off steam. And of course it is also a team sport and cooperation is important. And of course the fun we have together, that is extremely important."
Victoria works at NPH and has an administrative training. Her passion is reading and she is now busy setting up the library.
"Reading is so very important, especially for the young people here. They can get to know other worlds through a book, increase their language knowledge. They can also learn to understand themselves better. And what is of course equally important, it is wonderful for them to relax for a moment, to forget the world around them for a moment."
Position: National Director of Family Homes in Cuernavaca and Miacatlan.
At the age of three, Rafaél came to live in the family house, together with his brothers. He knows better than anyone what it means to experience such a drastic event as a child. After graduating, he worked in other family homes in Latin America before becoming National Director of the two family homes in Mexico.
How he manages it, I don't know. But if the word "animated" belongs to anyone, it is to this man. He knows the names of all the children (hundreds), their history and every child is equally important to him and deserves 100% attention.
“Creative projects are so important to our children. It offers them the opportunity to express their emotions in an expressive way. A project like this, making a play together, gives these children so much. Fun, but also the opportunity to express themselves in a way that suits them. One wants to play, the other dance, the other paints the decor or makes music. Not only expressing emotions in an expressive way, but also creating something beautiful together. That gives them something to be proud of."
Carlos is director of the family home in Cuernavaca. He also lives on the property and is always busy with the children. He works a lot and hard and he is also busy in the evenings. He plays volleyball with the youngsters, plays football or is busy talking to a youngster who needs it at that moment.
"The creative projects are an extra addition to our program. An addition that is extremely important. Not everyone likes sports and it offers the children who want to be busy in a different way an opportunity. An opportunity to express oneself and to give a place to problems from the past."
"At Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (WorldParents) we also emphasize the importance of creativity. We have beautiful traditional Mexican dances and music. Our founder, Father Wasson, was also an advocate of creative and artistic subjects. And he has sent some of our children to study at the Mexican Palace of Fine Arts.
We do our best to make the children feel like family rather than living in an institution. But it is so difficult to give the children all the experiences they would have had in a normal family. For example: children always go by bus and if they can ride with a car once, they know not how to open the door from the inside. And if you then ask what it would be like to take them to a theater or concert or museum, I think: it would be an unforgettable experience for them. Truly unforgettable. And they also learn a lot from it.
I am a big supporter of the creative projects. I see children, who are otherwise very shy, play with bravado on stage. And I enjoy. I see children who otherwise look sad, laughing. The development I see the children go through, that pleases me so much.
If they had the opportunity to perform, what good would it do them. They can draw attention to the children here on the spot in a creative way."