A student from a nearby community walks us through a normal day in his life at home and in the NPH school. August 6, 2018 - Dominikanische Republik
Maximiliano is a 7th grader at the NPH school.
Our NPH Dominican Republic school currently supports more than 150 students who come from nearby communities to study at our extended school. Maximiliano* is one of those students. He is a 7th grade elementary school student who wants to share a glimpse of his life with us.
"I am twelve years old and since I began school, I have attended the school at NPH. I have seven siblings, but only four live with me, and three of them also attend school at NPH. My father works as a farmer nearby and my mother cleans houses. I live in Batey Nuevo, it's a small place, I think there are only 30 houses. Most of them are painted in light colors like blue, white, yellow and pink, and there are many other children who live there. All of the children know each other and play together in the afternoons.
I like to go to school, study and play. My favorite subject is mathematics, although I have better grades in physical education. The school is very close, so I walk less than five minutes to get there. During the week, when I go to school, I get up at 6:00 am, I get ready and I walk to school at 7:30 a.m. Classes begin at 8:00, at 10:45 a.m. they give us breakfast, at 1:25 p.m. lunch and at 4:00 p.m. I return to my house. When I return to my house, I take a bath and go to my baseball practice for an hour. I have baseball practice every day during the week. My dream is to be a player in the big leagues and help support my family. At night I help with the chores of the house, and I usually go to bed before 10:00 p.m. When I have free time I play with my neighbors."
Maximiliano is just one of the children that we support from the outside community. As mentioned above, he is from a neighboring Batey, which is a community formed around sugar cane fields, where most of the sugar cane field workers and their families live. Most of the families in the batey are large (6-10 members) and live in small houses (6 by 9 meters) with two rooms built of block or wood with a zinc metal roof. Many of the children in Batey Nuevo attend school at NPH, and receive food, medical care and other forms of community assistance, such as housing improvement programs, medical operations, educational support..
*Name changed for privacy purposes.
Daniela Candelario Communication Officer
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