Luisa's Big Year

From finishing high school, to old friends visiting, and everything in between.
January 23, 2018 - Dominican Republic

Luisa holding her high school certificate with National Director Kieran and school principal and superintendent

Luisa is an outgoing young woman from NPH Dominican Republic with a bright smile and a caring heart. The year 2017 was monumental for her: she graduated high school, began her year of service and spent a few months with one of her longtime friends from Germany.

Luisa, her twin brother, and her younger sister all graduated high school in June 2017. It was a big moment for Luisa. She was worried that her math and science grades would not be high enough since she has difficulties in these subjects, but she did not lose focus.

She shares that she feels it is a huge accomplishment to receive her diploma because “a lot of people do not have this kind of opportunity.” And this was an opportunity Luisa was not going to let anyone take away from her. Luisa pushed herself and finally, at age 22, succeeded and received her high school diploma.

Luisa’s ambition did not stop there. She is completing her year of service that she views as another opportunity. Luisa works in the house for children with disabilities cleaning rooms. She says the work is hard, but she knows it is character building, and being able to take this next step toward her future is an accomplishment. She has dreams of going to university or technical college; she does not know what exactly she wants to be in the future, but she knows she wants to be a role model for younger children.

Another major highlight for Luisa in 2017: In the spring, one of Luisa’s friends came to visit. They had met a few years prior and the two became fast friends. Luisa’s face lit up when they reunited after many years, and the two spent time together catching up. Luisa was very happy she could spend some quality time with her old friend.

Her goal for 2018 is to become someone who younger children look up to and to set an example for others in the NPH family, especially for those who are older than the average student in their classes. Luisa wants to start her journey to become someone, to find herself and be able to prove to herself that she can do anything she sets her mind to. At 23 years old, she is a high school graduate and completing her year of service.

She has overcome large obstacles, and we are deeply proud of her and excited to see where her determination will take her in the future.

Kelsey A   
Communication Officer Assistant

You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson




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