From March 15th-17th, Guaruma volunteers Durkis, Camilo, and Ben were at the Rancho Santa Fe, Honduran headquarters of Nuestros pequeños hermanos. NPH is an organization based in 9 Latin American countries. It provides safe, nurturing, and educationally-motivated environments for orphans or children whose families cannot provide for them. Founded in 1954, the organization currently supports more than 3,000 children. Guaruma is tied to the organization not only because of similar goals in education and self-sustaining policies but because Ben, our Assistant Director, volunteered with NPH before he joined us.
During their time at the ranch, Camilo, Ben, and Durkis gave two workshops. The first was for the benefit of international volunteers. A representative volunteer from each of the 9 countries in which NPH operates was in attendance. The NPH volunteers had cumulatively documented the lives of more than 3,000 children. With volunteers from Guaruma they worked on photography selection and editing skills. The second workshop was for children of NPH who are infected with HIV. HIV/AIDS is perceived almost exclusively as a sexually transmitted disease in Honduras. Unfortunately, this creates a stigma for the children born to an infected parent. Many of the children have low self-esteem as a result. During the second workshop, Camilo, Durkis, and Ben worked with the children to help them acquire higher skills of expression and self-confidence through the use of photography. In a world where people may be afraid to even touch those children who are HIV positive, it is imperative that they feel strong and confident about who they are and their ability to create.
Because of Guaruma’s extensive experience working both with international volunteers and disadvantaged children, giving workshops at NPH’s Rancho Santa Fe was an excellent opportunity to make use of these skills. By contributing to the Honduran community in ever-widening circles and involving both international and local volunteers Guaruma hopes to increase its positive affects.
For more information, please visit NPH’s website at: www.nph-honduras.org