Featured Image Cafe de la Leche June 2016 Coverage
Photo by Bryan de la Cruz

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*We’ve added more photos to Café de la Leche’s summer gathering. See them below!* Every month we anxiously await the next Café de la Leche. For June, the event in support of the Adopt a Crib program at PBO took place on a Thursday, a casual change from its usual Friday celebration at Fresh Fresh Café in Altos de Chavón. It was a wonderful get together with all the lovely and passionate ladies of Casa de Campo who filled the beautiful space inside and out. As soon as you walked into the café you could feel the joyous atmosphere spread into every corner. It was not soon after that a very special group of youngsters walked into the venue– a group of students from the hearing impaired program at the Hogar del Niño, the first in La Romana.
Café de la Leche in Fresh Fresh
Photo by Bryan de la Cruz
June is dedicated to the hearing impaired in many countries around the world, and as is tradition, the Hogar del Niño puts on a parade with all the students of the program to encourage people’s awareness and support, letting everyone know that they do not have disabilities but rather different abilities than us. Their slogan states: “We are one.” PBO promotes integration with IncluZone, an Integration Program for children with differing abilities giving them the necessary tools to thrive in hearing environments. In this program, the children are able to study and assist in classes as any child would. Up to 7th grade they are together in one classroom, but once they enter 8th grade they are enrolled in the regular classrooms with an interpreter so they are able to follow along.  The Hogar del Niño has twice had students come to the Chavón School of Design’s summer programs, another student has won the “Tarjetas de Esperanza” contest with one of his drawings, and many students carry amazing vocal skills, which was one of the surprises during Fresh Fresh’s Café de la Leche.
Café de la Leche in Fresh Fresh
Photo by Bryan de la Cruz
Guests were invited outside where the students were all dressed up in school uniforms, and the DJ started playing the song Mi Vida from Divino. We were immediately blown away by how talented they are!! The lead singer has a beautiful and powerful voice; she is immensely talented and demonstrated once more how capable their talents are despite their hearing-impairment.
  During this Café de la Leche afternoon, we were treated to a savoury selection of food prepared by Fresh Fresh: crudites with hummus, mini hamburgers, falafels, quinoa salad, tea and more! Everything was very delicious and pure perfection! We went home with happy hearts, minds, and bodies.
Café de la Leche in Fresh Fresh
Photo by Laura Perdomo
Congratulations to the Patronato Benefico Oriental and Fresh Fresh for a wonderful event, and thank you to all those who came out in support of the babies of Hogar del Niño. Café de La Leche collects more than 60% of the milk used to nourish the more than 200 babies of the Hogar del Niño’s Crib Room (Sala de Cuna). Read more about our last visit to the crib room and why it is so special. Also, to learn more about the IncluZone program do not hesitate to contact the PBO or Hogar del Niño. They are doing a truly amazing job with these kids! Enjoy the collection of photos taken by Bryan de la Cruz at the Café de la Leche on Thursday, June 16th: *MORE PHOTOS* by Laura Perdomo: [nggallery id=2615]

What I learned visiting the Crib Room and why you can’t miss this Friday’s Café de la Leche!

Sala de Cuna Can you believe its been more than 15 years of monthly gatherings to collect milk for the babies at the Hogar del Niño’s Crib Room? Every month we make sure to remind you about this event, but this month we want to remind you about WHY we do! Read complete article here.

Appetizing Spring Dishes in Fresh Fresh

Fresh Fresh Chavon Spring Dishes in Fresh Fresh The spring is in full bloom. Here are some of our favorite dishes and smoothies from Fresh Fresh in Altos de Chavón to enjoy during a warm spring afternoon. Head to the cobbles for fresh food and friendly atmosphere. Read the review here!


hogar_del_nino 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. Contact the Hogar del Niño on: Tel: (809) 523-8901 or (809) 556-3181 Email: info@pbo.org.do Website: www.pbo.org.do