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On July 17th, in harmonious and joyful environment the 3rd annual Inter-Nursing Homes National Domino Tournament was celebrated at the Padre Abreu Nursing Home in La Romana. This activity was organized by the NTD Ingredientes Foundation.
Many guests from other nursing homes across the Eastern region of the Dominican Republic joined the elderly people of the Padre Abreu Nursing Home for this fun activity, that as well as the dominoes tournament, also included dancing and some sweet treats from Pani Pueblo and Panificadora Oriental bakeries.
The activity is part of the NTD Ingredientes Foundation’s “Diversión con Participación” program, which creates entertaining social activities that promote the social inclusion of the elderly, facilitating interaction and participation with other social groups.
First place: Manuel Mercedes (81 years old) and Manuel De La Rosa (86 years old) from Romelia Salas Nursing Home from Hato Mayor
Second place: Daniel Marte (87 years old) y Ricardo Mejía (86 years old) from San Lucas Nursing Home from La Romana.
About the Fundación Ingredientes NTD foundation
The Fundación NTD Ingredientes foundation was created with the mission of improving the quality and welfare of members of the Nursing Homes of the Dominican Republic, raising awareness among the communities and government on the needs of these homes, with the purpose of ensuring comfort and their dignity on the last stage of their lives.
For more information visit: www.fundacionntdingredientes.org
“We all want to live, but none of us like the idea of growing old. There are no facilities, no development, people still feel sad when visiting nursing homes in our country…this reality must be changed. I have my family today, but I do not know if tomorrow I will have them and I may not have enough money to pay for one of these homes. What would happen to our parents if we pass away before they do?
Let’s start by gradually improving our nursing homes, it’s up to us to continue exploring. It is always said that children are the future, but growing old is actually OUR future”
— Maria Fernanda Ortega, Deputy Managing Director of the Fundación NTD Ingredientes foundation
About the Padre Abreu Nursing Home
The Padre Abreu Nursing Home was founded in 1954 by initiatives of Father Abreu, who acting in response to the absence of shelter and protection of the elderly in the town of La Romana. At this time, they established a small home in the “La Aviación” sector, giving it the name of “Bethania Nursing Home.”
Later the home was transferred to the Juan Utrera street, whilst a new home was constructed on land donated by the Central Romana Corporation and thanks to the efforts of many local residents, this wonderful and peacful home that today takes care of 55 adorable grandpas and grandmas is known as the “Hogar de Ancianos Padre Abreu” in honor of Father Abreu who passed away in 1981.
Prolongación Guacanagarix, Quisqueya, La Romana