A year full of new experiences and opportunities for Melvin.* December 1, 2017 - El Salvador
Melvin* with his teacher in the moment he graduated.
Melvin* came to our home when he was 11 years old. He soon became a good student, and little by little, he has discovered his talents. He joined the choir of our home when he was 14 years old and he has also stood out in his studies. He recently graduated ninth grade from the NPH School and he is now getting ready to study high school in a few weeks. Melvin is a nice, respectful, intelligent boy who is always willing to help others. His life is bright and full of opportunities that he takes whenever he can. 2017 was definitely an exciting year for Melvin, and here he shares his top 3 moments:
1. My 9th Grade Graduation
“This year, I reached one of my dreams, to graduate 9th grade. It was a very special and interesting moment I had during 2017. My graduation was wonderful because I got the best average of the class, and that made me feel very proud of myself. It was a reward for all the effort that was made during the year. I was also thankful for the support I have received from all the people around me who want the best for me. I know they were proud of me, as I was very proud of myself”
2. Pequeño Tour Experience
“I was chosen to represent my country, El Salvador, and travel to the United States of America as part of the choir of my home. I discovered that I love to travel and get to know the people who work hard every day in order to support each of us. The most wonderful thing was that I sang during this trip; I love to sing. I sang during different Masses in beautiful churches. I was also able to sing beautiful and traditional songs from my country in schools and in different homes. I am very thankful because I accomplished one of my biggest dreams: To travel. I am very thankful for all the people who make our dreams come true.”
3. My teacher, my friend
“My bakery teacher is very special for us. On her birthday, we prepared a celebration for her. She cares about us and she teaches us to prepare delicious bread. On the day of the celebration, she cried, and we wondered why. She told us we were the first students in her life who had done something like that for her. I felt very happy to be a “Pequeño” because I realized that in our NPH family, not only our lives change, but also the lives of the persons who are around us and who want the best for us. We make them feel happy through little details, and that is something we can do in exchange for their work for us.”
Melvin still has many dreams and goals for his future. “One of my cherished goals is to continue studying since I will start a new stage of my life, which is to study high school. Graduating from high school is my new goal.” We are sure that he will be able to reach his new goal since he is a very determined boy. Melvin is very thankful with all the people who support his life. He is aware that all the opportunities he has had in his life are thanks to the support of his NPH family and all the people who work even far away from him and his siblings of NPH.
*Name changed to protect privacy.
Carmina Salazar Communication and Project Coordinator
You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson