Sunday, June 16, 2013

Return to Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos

Recently, I traveled back to the Dominican Republic to visit the kids at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH).  The NPH home has grown and it now cares for 224 orphaned and abandoned children.  I was so happy that I got to spend nearly two weeks visiting with the kids, the volunteers, and NPH staff.  Oddly enough, when I arrived in the Dominican Republic and we drove to NPH, I felt like I was returning home more so than when I came back to the U.S. 

While at NPH, I got to see things through the eyes of a visitor.  Suffice to say, it was more relaxing and less stressful than when I was working there as a teacher.  For eleven days we played sports, did activities, and caught up on everything that has taken place the past year.  I really hope to make these visits a yearly tradition, and as of now I'm tentatively planning a return trip in August of 2014.  Vamos a ver!

In any event, here are some photos of my trip back home...

One of the older kids, Victor, and I at an event in Santo Domingo teaching the kids about the rights of children.

Posing with a new boy at NPH, John.  H recently arrived at the home with his older brother.

Some of the boy from my house, Santa Bernardita.

A night out in the batey for a bit of drinking and bachata.

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