Milagro & Maria Luisa Life Before NPH
The siblings have arrived, and live different homes but remain close.
July 23, 2012 - Nicaragua
Two sisters, Milagro and Maria Luisa, arrived at NPH Nicaragua in January of 2008. They came from their hometown, the city of Boaco, which is located in the central area of the country.
They came to NPH with their older sister Silvia, who in the past was the real only support the two little girls had. Their mother died when they were very young and their father had already abandoned the family. This left them in an incredibly difficult situation with only their mother’s cousin to take care of them.
Milagro and Maria Luisa in their section.
Their major economic and family support came from their brother Bismark, who was working in the fields making $1.20 a day and this was not sufficient to support all of them. Their home was in very bad shape. It was basically nothing more than a wooden shack with wood benches as beds, a small fire was the kitchen, and no running water. The construction of the home was very minimal, and there were gaping holes that left them vulnerable to extreme weather conditions especially during the rainy season.
These children had very minimal opportunities in life when it came to basic necessities such as education, sanitation, nutrition, healthcare, etc., but that changed since they arrived in NPH. Now, they are fully integrated with the other kids, caregivers, and they are following along in school. Due to their hard life before NPH, they love to have fun, but they are very mature for their age. There is also no denying the strong unity and bond that is clearly visible between all of them.
You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson