After more than a decade in our home, Tania is thankful that NPH Bolivia has kept her family together and supported them through the years. September 19, 2019 - Bolivia
Tania in her first year at NPH in 2008. She wears a wizard's hat during a Halloween celebration.
In Bolivia, poverty affects approximately 38% of the population with families from rural areas being disproportionately affected. Poverty hurts children the most through malnutrition, poor water quality, and accessibility of quality education.
These issues result in a cycle of poverty that is difficult to break and causes lasting issues that affect generations. Tania and her siblings came from such a situation, but with the love and support of NPH, they are working hard to break their family’s cycle of poverty and create their own destiny.
“When we were kids, we were always alone and rarely saw anybody,” Tania recalls. “We never really knew our father and our mom was always working to support us.”
Due to her mother's absence, Tania and her older brother Alan looked to neighbors for food and water while her older sister Talia was in charge of caring for their baby brother Cesar.
The family was then placed in a children’s home in Santa Cruz, but was forced to split up because Talia was older than 10 and Cesar was still a baby. Due to the difficulties of the separation, the decision was made to move the family to NPH because NPH values the importance of keeping family members together.
“The most important thing NPH has done for me is keep me and my family together,” Tania says. “I don’t know what I would do without them. They mean everything to me.”
While the first couple of years in NPH were difficult, she started to realize the positive difference the home was making on her and her family and the kind of life that NPH could offer.
“The home has supported us in so many ways,” she explains. “They have provided my family and me with the necessities, while also giving us a chance to do what we want with our lives.”
With the support of NPH, her sister Talia is studying in Santa Cruz to be a doctor and her brother Alan is playing on a youth development soccer team with hopes of being promoted in the future.
With her secondary school graduation coming soon, Tania is still deciding what she wants to be in the future, but knows that she wants to help people in some way like NPH has done for her family.
“Right now, I don’t know what I want to do, but I know I just want to help people,” she explains. “I just want to give back to those who need it most.”
With her mind set on helping others, she has come to understand the impact that NPH has had on her and appreciates what a special place NPH is.
“NPH is a diverse and beautiful family that picks me up when I fall and I always know that I will have a place to call home no matter where I go,” Tania concludes.
Children’s names have been changed to protect their privacy.
Learn more about our programs at NPH Bolivia by visiting your local NPH office at nph.org.
Brad Bobel Communication Officer
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