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Agustina Cattaneo, fashion consultant and trends expert, talks to the students at the Fundación MIR’s girls’ vocational school

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On Thursday the 31st of January, Agustina Cattaneo, fashion consultant and trends expert visited the Fundación MIR girls school in La Romana where she toured the facilities and talked to the girls who will be starting the new fashion technical career at the school. Walking around the school was an incredible experience! 

The Fundación MIR girls school in La Romana was founded in 1988 and run in collaboration with the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation, provides education for girls from 5th through 12th grades. During the final two years, students receive vocational training in Accounting, Hospitality, Nursing, Culinary arts, and Beauty & Esthetic. Currently over 700 girls are enrolled in the school, which has a graduation rate of 95%. This school plays a crucial role in a country where the likelihood of attending school past fifth grade is less than 40%. Hundreds of young ladies have graduated since the school’s inauguration in 1988. 

After the full tour, Agustina was finally guided into the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade classrooms where she found classes of about 25 students studying different subjects. Met with a standing ovation, and a polite “Good afternoon” by the littles ones, the group was welcomed with great enthusiasm, and not only listened to what they were learning about that day, but also took a few minutes to be photographed with all of the students.

Last year, the Ministry of Education approved a new technical career at MIR girls school; Confection & Design which will officially begin next school year on August 2019. The school as been preparing for it for the last couple of months as well as showing girls what they will be able to learn and see during their classes. For this reason, Fundación MIR invited Agustina Cattaneo, a fashion consultant and trends expert who talked to the girls about how she began in fashion and how her passion and hard work have helped her build up her name and has granted her access to many different areas in the fashion industry. This in turn has helped her create a 2 week program called “Learn while exploring” which takes place in Paris where she lives, where students are able to have a more hands-on learning experience whilst visiting many world known fashion houses and ateliers. During her talk she motivated the students to follow their dreams and to continue studying to be prepared for life. She also made it clear that this is the first visit of many that she will make to the MIR Foundation.

If you haven’t been able to visit the MIR schools we encourage you to do so. It is truly wonderful to see everything that they do and what the children are able to learn on a day to day basis. All the people who work at the MIR schools work together for a common purpose; to improve the future of every child, after all the children of today are the future.

The following photos were taken by Mariela Severino during Agustina Cattaneo’s visit to Fundación MIR on January 31st, 2019:

The Fundación MIR

The Fundación MIR is a non-profit organization which works to provide education to the children of the greater La Romana area, who are most in need. They run 3 schools; the MIR Esperanza (boys vocational school), the Escuela Técnica Vocacional Fundación MIR (girls vocational school) and the Primaria MIR (infants school).

For more information on the Fundación MIR and to make a donation, visit their website:

To make a donation contact the MIR office in Casa de Campo (809-523-8270) or in West Palm Beach (561-366-5095). Donations are tax deductible for US Citizens!

To find out more and see photos and articles of events organized by the Fundación MIR – click here!

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