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The Hogar del Niño, daycare and educational center in La Romana has just announced its next Café de la Leche celebration – to be hosted by Phyllis Berney at her Casa de Campo villa Barranca Este #66 next Friday the 5th of July.
For those of us who know Phyllis Berney, we know her as a kind, warm-heartened and above all generous woman. She has been living in the Casa de Campo community for more than 30 years now and in that time has dedicated herself to supporting many local charities in the area, including the Hogar del Niño.
Which is why it comes as no surprise that Phyllis offered to host the next edition of the celebration, an occasion which will be, without a doubt, simply wonderful. Taking place in her magnificent Casa de Campo villa, Barranca Este #66 with the most breathtaking view of the La Romana Country Club golf course and even the ocean, this is one event you will want to arrive on time to – so that you may enjoy the sunset and the view in the last light of the day. Trust me, its magical!
Phyllis’ gorgeous Casa de Campo villa in Barranca Este
The aim of the Café de la Leche is to gather milk supplies for the Hogar del Niño’s Crib Room, or “Sala de Cuna” in Spanish, and now celebrating it’s 12th year, the Café de la Leche monthly gatherings account for as much as 40% of the milk used to feed the more than 200 babies cared for in the Sala de Cuna.
As an enthusiastic hostess and firm believer in the Hogar del Niño, here we share with you the words of Phyllis Berney as she describes why she chose to host this Café de la Leche and why and how she has continued to give her unfailing support to this charity throughout many years.
“I am very pleased to be able to have a Café de Leche at my home because it is such an important project. This program was started by Alexandra Avanzini. About 40% of the milk necessary for our babies is provided by this program. It is such an easy way for people to do something for our community and have an enjoyable time too.
The crib room at the Hogar del Niño
I am also involved with the Adopt-a-Crib Annual Giving Fund. Although it was originally developed as a program to support the care of infants specifically, the AAC program now enables us to support the medical, educational and emotional developments of a child from infancy through adolescence. By Adopting a Crib, so to speak, you are not just giving money, but invaluable aid to Dominican Children, who are seeking desperately to break the vicious cycle of poverty and attain a better future.
Over the past few years, we have greatly improved our programs and added new ones to benefit the children such as the Zona Verde, a place where the students can participate in extra curricular activities such as music, visual art, recycling projects, theater, dance and English classes. There is also the Diagnostic Center, which contains the most modern equipment and services for the entire community without requiring payment, from those who would otherwise not have the means to support themselves and receive healthcare.
The Hogar del Nino, through the amazing scholarship program sends 20% of the graduating class of 438 students to a university with a full ride. The Hogar del Nino not only services the younger community, but they also help adults learn to read and write – as a way to help the community thrive.
I truly believe that the Hogar del Nino is worthy of support because the money is so well spent. It goes where it should, therefore helping to benefit the children. It is an enduring project because it has been in operation for more than 30 years.
Why I have supported and will continue to support the Hogar del Niño, is because it is run so well. When I first became involved the President was Xiomara Menendez and now it is Xioma Matos. They both are totally dedicated and are doing it for all the right reasons – to help the children of the Dominican Republic. “
— Phyllis Berney, Casa de Campo villa owner
Cafe de la Leche
When: Friday July 5th, 5pm – 7pm
Where: Barranca Este #66
Contribution: Milk, formula, cereals or RD$750
Info: 809-523-8901, [email protected]
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The Cafe de la Leche is a monthly charitable event, a little like a coffee or a tea party held for the ladies of Casa de Campo (although men are occasionally invited) and usually takes place on the first Friday of the month, hosted by a member of the Casa de Campo villa at her Casa de Campo villa or occasionally restaurant/business.
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.