Hope is Something You Can’t Touch

Roberto is one of the first kids who arrived at NPH Bolivia.
November 21, 2017 - Bolivia

Roberto has a special talent for art.

Roberto* joined NPH with his four siblings in 2005 when he was nine years old. He is now 21, and he is one of the oldest young men at NPH Bolivia.

Sadly, his mother died when she was giving birth to his youngest sister, and his father was unable to care for the family due to a lack of income and resources.

He was brought to NPH where he has grown up the past 12 years. After school, he went to the army for one year. Since 2016, he has been giving his year of service as a “tío”, taking care of the boys between 16 and 18 years old.

This time of caring for his younger brothers and sisters has made him realize that he would enjoy working as a caregiver, which might be a possibility one day. But for now, he is driven to complete his education, so that he can guarantee a secure job for his life after NPH. He plans to start studying computer engineering in February of 2018.

Roberto likes football, but his real passion is singing and writing songs. Mike, a former volunteer, and he recorded some quality songs together.

Roberto also likes to draw. Several “tías and tíos” already have portraits of themselves. Roberto, on the other hand, doesn’t have even one of his drawings because he has given them all away as presents for friends.

His latest Christmas painting for NPH is about 'Hope'. He explained that the big hand is like his big NPH family. He feels like a plant that is given earth and water to grow healthy and become a person with a good attitude and intentions. This big family means a lot to him and being together with everyone is what he loves most about Christmas.

“For me hope is like having faith, because you believe in something that you can never see or touch but you believe that it exists.” – Roberto.

*Name changed to protect privacy.

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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