On Friday, November 9th, The Living Room by Good Vibe hosted this month’s Café de la Leche, collecting milk and formula for the Hogar del Niño crib room! Arriving at the event, guests were greeted by friendly staff with refreshing iced tea and wine and were lead out to The Deck where they joined the rest of the attendees.
A stage had been set up for a surprise presentation by Van Avakian. The drummer, vocalist, and composer of various forms of music ranging anywhere from Reggae to Jazz was born in Montreal, and has lived for quite some time in the Dominican Republic. He has traveled playing professionally with his own band and opened for local and international musicians, like Groundation at the Dominican Republic World Music Festival 2012, and at the Montreal International Reggae Festival. The artist says he is “focused on my music and making sure that I spread my message and the power of One Love throughout communities.” His music set the mood and kept the good vibes flowing! This guy is TALENTED and hats off to Xioma Menéndez for inviting him so we could all enjoy it.
The monthly event was also attended by a group of students from the Hogar del Niño who talked about the 5 R’s. We grew up learning about the “three R’s” of waste of management: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. But two more “R’s,” “Refuse” and “Remove,” have been recently added to the list of best practices to fight plastic pollution. They did a beautiful presentation that demostrated their knowledge and passion for the subject and brought with them samples of what can be done with wastes like bottles, newspapers and magazines.
Through the contributions of Café de la Leche, PBO is able to supply the Crib Room at the Hogar del Niño with more than 60% of the milk used to nourish more than 200 babies daily. In total, that’s 800 bottles per day! The next gathering will be the last of the year and as is tradition will be hosted by Mrs. Xiomara Menéndez on December 11th.
View the gallery of this past Café de la Leche edition hosted by The Living Room by Good Vibe, taken on Friday, November 9th by Dariana Soriano:
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.