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For the fifth consecutive year, Scotiabank donates an impressive sum to the Fundación MIR and the Hogar del Niño charities. As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility program, Scotiabank gave each entity US$ 30,000 to support programs focused on education and children’s health.
The La Romana charities are recognized for their multidisciplinary initiatives and high standards of quality. Scotiabank Senior Vice President and General Manager, Robert Williams noted that both education and healthcare are the most important pillars of the Scotiabank Community Program. Scotiabank’s contributions to the Fundacion MIR have allowed the organization which runs three schools with over 1,700 children and adolescents to build 12 new classrooms and expand the campus, said Director Ana Karen Peralta.
For the Hogar del Niño, a charity focused on incorporating more of the Montessori methodology into their curriculum, the bank’s donations have contributed to the installation of two classrooms. They have also helped aid the school’s other facilities which include health, dental, nutritional and psychological services, a library, and music therapy and sports facilities, among others. The director of the Hogar del Niño, Monique Acevedo said the charity works to alleviate the effects of the socio-economic conditions of the city, and therefore keeps the school open all year.
In a thank-you to Scotiabank, Lian Fanjul de Azqueta, president and founder of the Fundación MIR, inspires all of us to be charitable as she states the motivation behind their work: “Education has become our main goal because we hope to form young people who will become leaders in their families, communities and in their country. Making an investment in our nation’s youth benefits us all.”
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.
The Fundación MIR is a non-profit organization which works to provide education to the children of the greater La Romana area, who are most in need. They run 3 schools; the MIR Esperanza (boys vocational school), the Escuela Técnica Vocacional Fundación MIR (girls vocational school) and the Primaria MIR (infants school).
For more information on the Fundación MIR and to make a donation, visit their website: www.mirinternational.org
To make a donation contact the MIR office in Casa de Campo (809-523-8270) or in West Palm Beach (561-366-5095). Donations are tax deductible for US Citizens!