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Education - a Treasure that Can Change Lives

How hard work pays off for a student.
September 13, 2017 - Bolivia

Myrna's happiness and joyfulness is a gift to all of us.

Myrna* was one of the first girls to join NPH Bolivia when it opened in 2005. Because of economic reasons, her parents could not take care of her. At this time, she was seven years old and since then she has been part of the NPH family.

Myrna experienced the move in 2008 when the NPH Bolivia family relocated from Santa Cruz to the countryside. In 2013, the onsite primary school opened at NPH, but since Myra is 19-years old and attends high school, she travels with other students to a nearby town in Portachuelo.

Myra was also present when Father Wasson, the founder of NPH, visited the children's home in his last years. Father Wasson believed that "education would lift his children out of the poverty in which they were born", is still one of the key goals that NPH is providing to its children and youth. He considered education a treasure that cannot be stolen and will be passed on. He once said:

“I think that…when someone hasn’t grown up with many opportunities, education is what allows them to achieve more in life, both for themselves and their families. If they become educated, then their family will also be educated and they will all live better, because they pass that on to their children.”

At first when Myrna came to NPH she did not enjoy going to school and learning. Especially she didn’t like writing because she had to practice "so much". But her teacher, also her 'tías' (caregivers) and brothers encouraged her that she has to work harder because otherwise she would have to repeat the class.

So Myra tried harder and little by little she improved. Because of other activities they did at school, like dancing and making costumes, she began to like school. Also her new friends at school inspired her to focus. Myrna experienced that it makes her happy when she works hard on a project and can achieve good results or proudly present her work to the audience.

This year she was one of the top students in her class, and together with the other top NPH students, she was invited to go to the cinema in Santa Cruz.

Myrna will finish school in 2017 and she would then like to study veterinary medicine, because he loves animals and wants to help those in need. That same spirit, which Father Wasson once embodied, is still inspiring those who live within NPH.

*Name changed for privacy purposes.

Martin Bliem   
Communication Officer

You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson




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