Mariela came to the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos organization when she was 8 years old. Following abandonment by her father and the death of her mother, the young girl and her siblings became part of the program which would provide them with medical and educational care.
In spite of the difficulties she faced, Mariela studied and finished secondary school. Afterwards, she devoted two years of service with NPH, working with a group of 50 girls between 9 and 12 years of age. Following this experience, one of the most enriching of her life, she decided to go to university.
Mariela wanted to study dentistry and managed to do so, graduating with a degree in dentistry from the University of Monterrey, in Mexico, last year.Although she admits it wasn’t easy, she feels very satisfied and happy as “Doctor Mariela Jaime.”
As of today, Mariela is one of the beneficiaries of the “NPH Leadership Institute” program located in Seattle, in the United States. The program offers the best students in the organization the chance to spend 10 months in Seattle, learning English and developing their leadership skills and potential.
The aim of the “NPH Leadership Institute” program is to endow the most promising students of the NPH homes in Central America and Haiti with an education which generates better opportunities. Each participant lives with a host family, works with a tutor from their chosen profession, participates in work experience and studies English at a local university. In addition, the students attend weekly leadership seminars and weekend workshops, carry out community services and receive training focused on their personal growth.
“This experience has allowed me to grow both personally and professionally, and has given me the opportunity to share this with my brothers and sisters of other countries,” states Mariela.