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21 year-old Geuri García Rosario and 23 year-old Natacha Mercedes Silverio, are 2 youngsters from La Romana, who started at the Hogar del Niño School aged of just 9 and 12, respectively – and thanks to their hard work and academic excellence both won scholarships in the “Becado Program” of Patronato Benéfico Oriental (PBO), which allowed them to continue their studies at the Universidad Central de Este (university) in San Pedro de Macoris.
They graduated from the Hogar del Niño school in 2009 and are now both nearing the end of their studies at the Architecture School of the Universidad Central del Este (UCE) in San Pedro de Macoris.
Before graduating from the Architecture program at UCE, Natacha and Geuri must present a thesis – and were offered the opportunity to realize this work at the Universidad de la Rioja in Argentina. The experience will be a great instalment in their academic career, and will allow them to further develop as professionals.
One of the missions of the Patronato Benéfico Oriental (PBO) is to give scholarships to their merit scholar students, so they feel very proud that Geuri and Natacha continue being successful after finishing their studies at the institution and in the same way, Geuri and Natacha are happy for the opportunity that the UCE has offered to them – thanks to the scholarship granted by the PBO and Hogar del Niño School – who are also paying for their trip to Argentina.
We invite you through this interview to get to know more about these two young future architects, who with the knowledge acquired during their studies at the Hogar del Niño School, have a bright future ahead of them!
@cdcliving: Why study at the Hogar del Niño school?
G: I arrived at the Hogar del Niño because of the different opportunities that this center gives to the people of La Romana with limited resources.
N: Because of the role that the Hogar del Niño plays in La Romana and for its main objective to help and educate children with limited resources.
@cdcliving: Who do you live with?
G: I live with my mother and my younger brother.
N: I live with my parents, I have six brothers and one sister.
@cdcliving: How your parents have helped you throughout your life?
G: I think the best way to start my answer is talking about focus of my life story – my mother – who has done everything possible to never miss anything, working extensively to achieve that goal, giving me moral support, real love and understanding, my family in general has played a significant role in my education.
N: I say that I’m very grateful to God for the wonderful family he has given me, they have been the main tool that allowed me to build my development as a person. They supported me in every way giving me moral support and educating me properly. I consider myself as a person with good principles, thanks to the fundamental role played by my family around me as a person. I add also, that because of these principles, I have been able to achieve good social relations with others.
@cdcliving: How did you win a scholarship to study at UCE college?
G: Because of the good grades I achieved in my academic career in high school held at the Hogar del Niño School.
N: I started in the second grade, from then on I had to take each one of the levels needed to reach college. The necessary factors for a scholarship at the Hogar del Niño are to have good grades and have discipline.
@cdcliving: How did you get the trip to Argentina?
G: The Universidad Central de Este (UCE) (our Alma Mater), thanks to an agreement reached with the National University of La Rioja provides an opportunity for outstanding students to develop their Senior Thesis internationally. Thanks to the support of the Hogar del Niño we were awarded with this privilege.
N: It is an agreement. We are scholar students of Patronato Benefico Oriental (PBO) because of our high grades. And we must emphasize that Patronato Benefico Oriental will cover the expenses of our trip. We have the privilege to go to Argentina to make our final work in order to finish our architectural studies.
@cdcliving: What are your expectations, plans or dreams?
G: I hope to serve the surrounding society in a productive way.
N: My expectations are that at the end of my academic studies, I want to contribute with my knowledge to Hogar del Niño. Another is to help or encourage the society and promote exchange of work experiences, etc..
@cdcliving: What message would you give to society?
G: The most important message I could give to society, especially to young people, is that if you believe in God and achieve your dreams, there is no obstacle that can stop you.
N: The best way could take a young is the education. Gaining knowledge can be complex, but it is also the most effective way to advance because it helps you to develop in many areas.“Never consider the study as a duty, but as an opportunity to penetrate into the beautiful and wonderful world of knowledge” — Albert Einstein (1879-1955).
@cdcliving: What is your opinion about Hogar del Niño School?
G: Words don’t exist to express how eternally grateful I am with everything they have done for me (my home sweet home), how unconditionally they have supported me and given me the opportunity to make my dreams come true.
N: From the bottom of my heart I thank God and then I thank the Hogar del Niño for receiving me and giving me so many opportunities for my academic development. To be honest I want to let you know that if I had not obtained a scholarship, I would not have been able to study the career that I like – architecture. Today I would not know what would have been my fate. The Hogar del Niño is as its name says, a home where you do not need anything because they give you everything: love, affection, education and solidarity.
Photo credit: www.hogardelnino.com
The Hogar del Niño
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.