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Every summer, the Fundación MIR, a non-profit organization which works to provide education to the children of the greater La Romana area, hosts a group of Seminarians, who learn Spanish and undertake outreach work in the town of La Romana.
This year the group of men studying to be priests from the St. Vincent DePaul Seminary in South Florida spent 6 weeks in residence at the Fundación MIR campus in La Romana, during which time they embarked on an intensive Spanish language course, taught in part by the Fundación MIR teachers, and during which they were only allowed to speak in Spanish. As Florida has a very large hispanic population, Spanish language is an essential skill, as priests are expected to not only be able to converse with their congregation in Spanish, but also actually give mass in Spanish too.
The Seminarians at the Fundación MIR, La Romana
In the past the Seminarians have spent their “outreach” time visiting prisoners in the local jails – praying and spending time with them, as well as journeying to nearby bateys (villages) to donate gifts to the children, however, this year, much to the pleasure of the children of the Fundación MIR, they hosted a Summer Camp.
And so not only did the Fundación MIR benefit from being the hosts of the course (the course is paid for and is therefore an additional and regular source of income for the charity), but also the children benefited from a fantastic summer camp. The summer camp, which lasted for 1 week was directed at the boy’s studying at the Fundación MIR high school and focussed on spirituality, teaching the boys about life and how to be a good person, but also included some fun sports sessions too!
I believe that developing strong collaborations with other organizations is the best way to help as many people as possible. This program has a 100% success rate. Every Seminarian that graduates knows much more Spanish than when he entered – it’s very impressive to hear them speak Spanish so well by the 6th week. Another great aspect of the program is that they give back to the community mainly through some type of educational volunteer work.
Helping others through education is MIR’s mission.
— Lian Fanjul de Azqueta, Founder and President of the Fundación MIR
Get involved! Here is how YOU can help the Fundación MIR:
• Attend one their great fundraisers – their next event “The Family Weekend for Life” is on Saturday August 11th, click here for details!
• Volunteer at one of the Fundación MIR schools – whatever your skill, you are more than welcome to donate your time and help out!
• LIKE Fundación MIR on Facebook, click here!
• FOLLOW the Fundación MIR on instagram (fundacionmir) and twitter (@MIRcharities)
• Make a donation 🙂 – please click here!
The Fundación MIR
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 Tecnica 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!