hogar del nino la romana

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hogar del nino la romanaOn Friday the 30th of March 2012, a small group of Casa de Campo villa owners, residents and visitors enjoyed a wonderful morning filled with music, talent, paper flowers, art and dozens of smiles at the Hogar del Niño’s “Zona Verde”! phyllis berneyThe Hogar del Niño’s hugely successful fundraising weekend in February (click here for photos), dedicated to the “Zona Verde” sparked curiosity amongst Casa de Campo villa owners as to what exactly the “Zona Verde” is and so on Friday the 30th of March, the Hogar del Niño welcomed visitors on a tour of this new facility. Located at the Hogar del Niño daycare and educational centre  in La Romana, the”Zona Verde” or Green Area, is where the Hogar del Niño gives dozens of littles ones the opportunity to develop their creative talents (outside of the classroom), with many extra-curricular activities such as; English, arts and crafts, among others – in a two level building, especially created for this purpose.
“The kids receive English lessons on the first floor, while on the second floor they learn how to do different handcrafted objects. The decorations inside the center were made by the students during their art lessons with Argenis” ——— Qenia Del Rosario, profesora de Manualidades de la Zona Verde

Display of recycled arts and crafts at the “Zona Verde” hogar del nino la romana

Whilst the “Zona Verde” offers a variety of extra-curricular activities, one of their primary focuses is recycling and so it is a place where all manner of “old” items are recycled and reinvented, with the students learning how to create art work, decorations and even jewelry. Thrilled to have visitors, the new center’s teachers, volunteers and children had prepared a magnificent exhibit of their creations made from recycled materials such as newspaper, foam, plastic lids, plastic bottles and pieces of wood. Throughout the morning activity, the Hogar del Niño’s young boys and girls demonstrated to their visitors how to create wonderful newspaper flowers and figures, whilst another group of provided entertainment playing and singing traditional Dominican music.

Beautiful paintings line the walls of the “Zona Verde”  hogar del nino

Throughout the two level building, now called the “Zona Verde” beautiful paintings hang on the walls, which were created by the Hogar del Niño lower school students with the help of Argenis Lebron, a graduate of the Altos de Chavón School of art and design and a very talented painter himself.
The “Zona Verde” at the La Romana Country Club! Surprise! When the several hundred Casa de Campo villa owners and residents arrived at the La Romana Country Club for the Dinner-Gala and Prize-giving ceremony of the Hogar del Niño Fundraising Weekend in February 2012, they were surprised and amazed to find that the event had been entirely decorated using recycled materials – created by the wonderful students of the “Zona Verde” (with a little help from some generous Casa de Campo volunteers of course)  – click here to see the photos.

Recycled decorations at the Hogar del Niño dinner-gala recycled table decorations

recycled flowers“These flowers made out of newspapers are amazing! It takes one day to make one of them and they (the children) made all of them… it took us 6 weeks to get all the decorations done. We make dreams come true, and it’s a reality! Your investment is good and this is what you do!” —— Xiomara Matos, president of the Patronato Benefico Oriental (the umbrella charity for the Hogar del Niño)
Congratulations to the Hogar del Niño and to all members of Casa de Campo and La Romana communities that make this possible! WANT TO HELP? The Hogar del Niño and the Zona Verde need more recycled materials to continue their creation mission! Please contact them (details below) to contribute old newspapers, glass, mirrors and other recyclable materials! Below is a selection of photos taken during the tour around the Zona Verde at the Hogar del Niño: 

The Hogar del Niño 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. hogar del nino la romana

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