Marisabel loves the Christmas season. It gives her a chance to spend time with all her new NPH brothers and sisters. December 6, 2019 - Bolivia
Marisabel hugs Tía Limvania, a caregiver for our younger girls.
Christmas is a time for family and friends to spend quality time together and to enjoy the festivities of the holiday season. But for those without family, Christmas can be a difficult and disappointing experience.
In NPH Bolivia those feelings are unfortunately common, but with the love and support of all the children, caregivers, and volunteers, Christmas can again be a time for friends and family. Marisabel arrived at NPH five years ago with no siblings. She is no stranger to feelings of loneliness when the holiday season arrives.
“Before Christmas I am usually sad because I don’t have siblings here like others do, but after spending time with the girls in my house I feel much better because they are my family,” Marisabel explains.
During Christmas, our home is full of activities, delicious food, and growing closer together. We put on a Nativity play, hand out gifts to every child, go to Mass, have a special dinner, and finish with a fireworks show. These activities give the kids an opportunity to spend quality time with their friends and siblings, which is more difficult to do during the school year.
“I love this time because we get to eat together and play together more often with no cares in the world,” Marisabel says.
While NPH Bolivia gives each and every kid in our home a chance to have a love-filled holiday season, the reality is that our children’s holiday season would look very different if they had never come to NPH.
“Christmas would be very boring and difficult if I wasn’t here,” Marisabel explains. “I didn’t have a lot and it was tough at home, but here it is so much better.”
With the thoughts of home and family running through the minds of our children throughout the season and the difficulties of being away, our ,tíos and tías (the children’s caregivers) step up during the holiday season to make sure every child feels loved and wanted.
“My caregivers feel like my family and I am so lucky that they stay during Christmas and support us,” she says. “They really make us feel like we are all family here.”
During the Christmas season, feelings of joy and happiness can be found everywhere and the impact of NPH can be felt in each person’s heart. We are all family here. We feel responsible for making each and every child feel welcomed and loved during the holidays. We might not all be related by blood, but we are all brothers and sisters here at NPH Bolivia.
“NPH is my family, my home, and everything good in my life,” Marisabel concludes.
Interested in sponsoring a child like *Marisabel? Visit our Sponsor a Child page.
Children’s names have been changed to protect their privacy.
Brad Bobel Communication Officer
You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson