Rose Schaffhausen

Rose Schaffhausen

The Wasson Humanitarian Award will be given to Rose Schaffhausen, of Cherrywood Pointe in Roseville, for her fundraising and care to children of poverty, abandonment and neglect in nine Latin American and Caribbean countries. The International award sites the achievements of Fr. William Wasson, a mission Catholic priest, who established homes to help street children. Wasson was recognized by local governments and International Child Advocates, notably by the late Dr. Eric Fromm.

Now deceased, Wasson needed help in developing financial resources for homes, education and health care for his constantly growing family. Over 45 years ago, Schaffhausen became involved and earned her master’s degree in philanthropy and development, fundraising more than $25 million in the local office since she and her sister Ann Arnold, (who worked at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City) began fundraising for Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”).

Schaffhausen says the greatest gifts the children receive are a loving sense of family and a value system they can rely on for their own growth throughout their adult years. The children are not adoptable, but live as a family, with many professional volunteers who give their time and talents. Schaffhausen has always been impressed with the NPH Principles based on charity, unconditional love and responsibility.

Schaffhausen will accept her award at the Celebrando a los Niños (Celebrating the Children) Gala at the InterContinental Hotel St. Paul Riverfront on Oct. 5.

Everyone is invited to learn more about NPH and attend the festivities during its Twin Cities 2019 Pequeño Tour with student musicians from NPH Guatemala.

Once a year, NPH USA arranges for student performers from an NPH home to travel to the United States for a 10-day experience, affectionately referred to as the Pequeño Tour. During the tour, students perform traditional songs that represent their unique culture.

The purpose of the tour is to raise awareness and funds in order to further NPH USA’s mission of transforming the lives of abandoned and disadvantaged children in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Pequeño Tour is also an incredible opportunity for the students to travel outside of their home countries and experience a fulfilling adventure with their peers. For more information go to or contact Stephanie Pommier at 651-482-1703.

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