Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) - Minnesota Friends of the Orphans

Due to the pandemic, mission trips were canceled in 2020 and 2021. 

However, there may be some fundraising opportunities. Come back often to see how you can support this awesome orphanage!

Kathy & Richard Jordan invite you to come on a

Join us on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, from 6 – 7 p.m. CST on ZOOM!

Due to COVID, trips to the NPH homes have been on pause for well over a year now. Our NPH kids miss having visitors and we miss visiting our NPH kids!

On July 20, this virtual trip will include:

⇒ a Pequeña-led tour of NPH Mexico
⇒ interactive games with the kids (including attendees Godchildren)

⇒ updates from Communications Officer, Daniel Zapata
⇒ message from National Director, Rafael Bermudez

They have also been impacted financially by the loss of trip donations. To help fill in these gaps, we are also hosting a backpack and school supply drive! Help us purchase 260 backpacks with school supplies for a donation of $50 each!

Register or donate at

What is Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos?

Nph Group Pic Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos is a charitable organization serving orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America and the Caribbean. Its mission is to provide shelter, food, clothing, healthcare and education in a Christian family environment based on unconditional acceptance and love, sharing, working and responsibility.

A worldwide community of donors, staff and volunteers enables NPH to help the children become caring and productive citizens in their countries. Each year, Holy Name of Jesus high school teens participate in a mission trip to one of the designated areas.

Each year Holy Name of Jesus high school teens can apply to go on a mission trip to the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos Orphanage in Miacatlán, Mexico. This is an awesome experience that helps teens grow in their relationship with Jesus as they help children at the orphanage. Unfortunately, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico in September and damaged many buildings in Miacatlán.  Because of the devastation, the HNOJ group was asked to travel to the NPH home in the Dominican Republic in 2018, and again in 2019.  They will experience this new adventure Aug. 8-15.

While at the house, we put on a VBS experience for 6-8 year-olds during the day and spend our afternoons and evenings giving attention to children who desperately need it. Each night we take some time to reflect on our day's activities and how we experienced God in the most vulnerable and marginalized.

The deadline to apply for the 2019 mission trip has passed. Watch for details for 2020 around February at

How You Can Help

You can have an impact on the lives of orphaned children by helping us raise funds to support their needs. Below is a list of annual fundraisers and other needs.  All funds raised directly benefit the NPH Orphanage. 

NPH Needs Large Suitcases

Each participant traveling to NPH brings a carry-on with their own clothes and two suitcases packed with donations and VBS supplies. The large suitcases are then left with the orphanage. Donations of large suitcases can be brought to Holy Name of Jesus anytime in June.

VBS Walking Taco and Pizza Lunches

Youth traveling to the Casa Santa Ana orphanage (a home in the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos system of orphanages) will be serving up tacos four times in the coming months, and pizza once.  Proceeds from the NPH fundraisers directly benefit the children of Casa Santa Ana. Mark your calendar and join us for one or all:

Here are the dates in which we can enjoy tacos or pizza while supporting the NPH orphanage: 

Sunday, April 7 - Walking Tacos after LifeTeen Mass 

Sunday, May 5 - Walking Tacos after LifeTeen Mass 

Thursday, May 16 - Walking Tacos before the school concert 

Tuesday, June 11 - Walking Taco Lunch after VBS 

Friday, June 14 - Pizza Lunch after VBS 


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

11am - 1pm

Plymouth Holiday Station

16825 County Road 24 & Highway 55

Plymouth 55447

(same business center where Joe Senser’s Restaurant was located)

ALL proceeds from both the

BBQ* and the Automatic Car Wash**

benefit Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH)!

* Hot dogs, bratwursts, hamburgers for $4.00 each - drink & chips included

** Basic Wash-$9, Rain-X Wash-$14, Extreme Shine Wash-$17,

Book of 4 Basic Washes-$26.99, Book of 4 Rain-X Washes-$38.99,

Book of 4 Extreme Shine Washes-$49.99. These make great gifts!

Questions about NPH? Visit

Questions about other Holy Name of Jesus fundraisers? Visit www.h

Other Donations Donations of items for the orphanage are also welcome. Here is a list of some requested items:

  • school supplies (pens, pencils, erasers, staplers, graph paper, folders, colored pencils)
  • art supplies (colored foam paper, construction paper, various kinds of tape, markers)
  • games/activities (playing cards, yard games, soccer/tennis/basket/volley/baseballs)
  • Croc-style sandals - sizes 4,5,6,7 (US) 
  • boy/girl underwear; boxers for older boys
  • boy/girl shirts (US sizes 6-12)
  • male and female deodorants
  • toothbrushes/toothpaste
  • shampoo
  • books in Spanish (children's fiction, young adult fiction, adult fiction, reference books for research at university level, English/Spanish dictionaries, self-esteem and personal growth for young adults, lives of saints)
  • shirts
  • socks
  • sweatshirts

Donations of supplies can be brought to Holy Name of Jesus any time before July 15.

Special Collection 

date will be announced.

However, if you are so inspired today, you are welcome to give now at


Businesses and individuals are invited to sponsor a walking taco lunch. Download the form for more information.

Families and individuals may sponsor an NPH child and donations are always welcome. To learn more about NPH, you can contact HNOJ parishioner Karen Richelsen at 612-730-7669 or or visit the NPH website.


"The NPH mission trip to the home in Mexico is the highlight of my summer. I feel so blessed to be an adult chaperone on this trip and to represent the community of Holy Name down in Mexico. The children of this home show and reflect the beauty of our universal, Catholic faith and family. The HNOJ mission trip allows our teenagers to experience and participate in being the hands and feet of Jesus while serving for a week down there. Every trip, I am in awe of the transformation of these young people as they become forever a part of the NPH family."

 -Karen Holdvogt, adult chaperone

"Seven years ago I signed up to travel to Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (Mexico) with the HNOJ group. I knew very little about the home and had no idea what to expect. Fast forward seven years. I now sponsor two beautiful godchildren who live at NPH, and I am preparing for the biggest leap of faith in my life. I will be spending one year at NPH, volunteering as a teacher and caregiver. I had no idea that my first trip seven years ago would spark a passion in me and ultimately change my life. I highly encourage you to learn more about NPH and the beautiful children who live there. It may change your life as it changed mine."

- Claire Jordan, former trip participant

If you have questions about the NPH Mission trip, please contact Karen Richelsen at 612-730-7669 or

Photo Gallery

2018 Mission Trip Group

2017 Walking Taco Fundraiser team




2017 NPH Boys Camp Fundraiser

2017 NPH Boys Camp Fundraiser

2017 NPH Holiday BBQ Fundraiser

NPH Visits HNOJ School

NPH Visits HNOJ School

NPH Visits HNOJ School

2017 Sorting Stuffies to go NPH

2017 Mission Trip Group

serving up walking tacos for fundraiser

serving up walking tacos for fundraiser

2018 NPH Mission Trip to Dominican Republic

2018 NPH Mission Trip to Dominican Republic

2018 NPH Mission Trip to Dominican Republic

2018 NPH Mission Trip to Dominican Republic

2018 NPH Mission Trip to Dominican Republic

2018 NPH Mission Trip to Dominican Republic

2018 NPH Mission Trip to Dominican Republic

2018 NPH Mission Trip to Dominican Republic

2018 NPH Mission Trip to Dominican Republic

2018 NPH Mission Trip to Dominican Republic

2018 NPH Mission Trip to Dominican Republic

2018 NPH Mission Trip to Dominican Republic

2018 NPH Mission Trip to Dominican Republic

2018 NPH Mission Trip to Dominican Republic