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

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 this summer.  They will experience this new adventure July 29 – Aug. 5.

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.

If you are interested in applying for the 2019 mission trip, watch the mission trip page 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

This summer during VBS at Holy Name of Jesus you can help support NPH by coming to lunch immediately after VBS concludes on Tuesday and Friday. Stop by the Good Samaritan Center for walking tacos on June 12 and/or pizza on June 15.

Elementary Intro to Theatre Camp – NEW!

All rising 2nd - 4th graders are invited to learn drama skills and techniques from experienced trip participants. This exciting new camp will be held June 20-22, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., in the old Church. Information and the registration form are available at the parish office.

Elementary Boys’ Camp

All boys entering 1st - 6th grades in the fall are invited to an action-packed Boys’ Camp at HNOJ July 18-20, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Join the adult and teen trip participants as they lead dodgeball, baseball, soccer, gym games and more fun activities! Information and the registration form are available at the parish office and online at

Holiday Gas Station BBQ & Car Wash

On July 17 you will find the NPH trip group at the Holiday Gas Station on Rockford Road and Hwy 55 in Plymouth serving up hotdogs and hamburgers during the lunch hour. Stop by for lunch between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and purchase some car wash booklets (they make great gifts!). The Holiday staff generously donates their time and food for the lunch and 100% of the proceeds are given to NPH.

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 

A special collection for the NPH orphanage will be taken at the weekend Masses July 21 and 22.

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