Last Friday, February 19th the Patronato Benéfico Oriental (PBO) inaugurated its new Sports and Cultural Center at the Hogar del Niño School; a place that will allow the school to have their basketball and volleyball tournaments, football practices, school activities and others for its more than 1,500 students.
The center was constructed thanks to the support and sponsorship of Cementos PANAM, Central Romana, Inmobiliaria Arena Gorda, Mr. Mario Galletto, architect Francisco Feaugas, CONELCA, Mrs. Ann Engelhorn and El Detallista hardware store.
Xiomara Menéndez expressed with great enthusiasm that this pavilion is a dream come true for the students of the Hogar del Niño School. “What in the past was a plot of weeds, today is a large space with all the facilities, so that our students can develop their physical skills through sports and other events.”
The act was blessed by the community priest, José Nicolás, and a plaque was presented to the sponsors responsible for this incredible structure on behalf of the Hogar del Niño students. Janel Jeanbatis, from the student body, addressed all the attendees thanking the PBO staff and the sponsors for the construction of the sports center: “You can be sure that this new indoor court will be of great benefit to us all.”
Following the speeches, the attendees enjoyed a performance by the students of the Hogar del Niño and then Manolo Prince, who used to be part of national basketball team, made the symbolic toss of the ball to inaugurate the facilities. To complete the inauguration, a volleyball game between two teams from the school took place.
See the video of the unveiling below!!
Inauguración “Pabellón Deportivo y Cultural Hogar del Niño”.#soyPBO #HogarDelNiño
Posted by Patronato Benéfico Oriental – Hogar del Niño on miércoles, 24 de febrero de 2016
Pictures and video courtesy of PBO.
The Hogar del Niño is a children’s daycare and educational center for over 1500 children, located in La Romana town, just outside of Casa de Campo. Children from as young as just a few weeks old up to 18 years old are cared for and educated daily, from as early as 5:30am and staying as late as 7pm.
The organization also provides special schooling to over 75 hearing impaired and blind children, as well as a vocational school where over 235 students receive classes in different areas like: sewing; industrial preparation, installation and electrical maintenance; plumbing and management of computer office programs.