(Press release from NPHH) The Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos y Hermanas International (NPHH) announced that Christopher Hoyt will be filling the role as National Director for NPH Guatemala beginning the first week in June, 2013.
Chris first met Fr. Phil Cleary and the NPH Mexico estudiantina and danza nearly 15 years ago in his home state of Arizona. During high school he accompanied the first mission trip from Our Lady of Perpetual Help school to visit two pequeños sponsored by his family. While at the University of Notre Dame, he pursued a dual degree in Film & Television and Spanish and studied Spanish in Chile. Just a few months before graduating, Chris visited the home and was able to have his first fluent conversation with the children in Miacatlán. That was when he decided to apply to volunteer with NPH Mexico after graduation.
Chris served in Mexico from 2005-2008, as a caregiver, Volunteer Coordinator, Visitor Coordinator, and Director of General Activities. During that time he volunteered with his sister Melissa, now Events Manager at Friends of the Orphans Midwest, and Katie Cordaro, who would later become his wife. Chris says his years with the children, staff, and volunteers of NPH Mexico were among the most influential of his life, and he hoped to someday return to NPH if the possibility arose.
Chris went on to pursue a Masters degree at the University of Kansas, the top rated school for Public Administration in the nation. During that time, he served as Director of Volunteers with the Missionaries of the Precious Blood Kansas City Province, where he developed a start-up program to supply social service agencies throughout the U.S. with volunteers to serve vulnerable communities.
In 2012, Chris traveled to West Africa to assist a Cameroonian community organization in developing international partnerships, revenue sources, and an international volunteer program. Upon completing that project, he accepted a Fellowship with Catholic Relief Services in Malawi, the organization’s largest operation in Southern Africa. There he worked on monitoring and evaluation systems to improve management and effectiveness for a program targeting 15,000 with early childhood development services.
Chris says, “For me, one of Fr. Wasson’s greatest legacies is that he embraced a family of worldwide supporters, in which each of us plays an equally important role, so that pequeños might lead the fullest life possible. Fr. Wasson opened the door for every one of us to use our gifts and talents to their fullest potential to write a new reality in the lives of vulnerable children. To participate in that vision is something I consider the highest honor and deepest responsibility.”