Mission to the Dominican Republic
Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters) was founded in 1954 by Father William Wasson. Serving as a priest in Mexico at the time, Fr. Wasson apprehended a young boy who was caught stealing from the poor box because he was hungry. Rather than press charges against the boy, he asked the authorities for custody of the boy, and after one week, the judge sent him eight other boys to raise. After nine years, Fr. Wasson’s care for orphans and abandoned children grew to 396 boys and girls.
Today, NPH continues to transforms the lives thousands of abandoned and disadvantaged children with homes, healthcare and educational programs, making a positive impact in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Due to the generosity and efforts of our parishioners and friends, SJE has proudly supported NPH Dominican Republic for the last 10 years. Every year, we have been able to send 15-25 people to the Dominican, young and old alike, to build houses, repair facilities, provide agricultural assistance, and more.
But, the greatest gifts we give to the orphanage and, in turn, receive for ourselves, have been the relationships developed with the kids and community through service and fellowship. It is an invaluable experience which we hope you, your parents, children, family and friends will one day share.