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The Patronato Benéfico Oriental is proud to have celebrated on July 29 the thirteenth graduation of the 6th-grade students of the Hogar del Niño. This promotion, made up of 47 students, was led by the psychologist Alfonsina de La Cruz, who with her great experience and versatility managed to make this ceremony, together with the students, guests, teachers, and administrators, one of the most special.
Due to the pandemic, this graduation was semi-face-to-face, where the high school graduates could only be accompanied by their godparents, while more than 700 users enjoyed this live via YouTube.
This celebration was full of many emotional moments, from the delivery of the Diplomas and Recognitions, the Speech to Excellence by the student Yudely Pelegrín (who also obtained the Merit of Excellence Recognition with an academic index of 93), the video presented by deaf students Carlos Sánchez and Jeison Villega (graduates), words of motivation by Harry Magee (Director of the Abraham Lincoln School), the Experience of Scholars: Eddyany Batista (Engineer of INTEC University) and Quennie Paniagua (Visual Communicator of the Altos de Chavón School of Design) and one of the most emotional parts- the delivery of scholarships by our collaborators:
- Meri Hirose (PBO volunteer),
- Jorge Sturla (Director of Communications of the Central Romana Corporation),
- Sarah Pelegrín (Casa de Campo Public Relations Manager),
- Eladio Uribe (General Director of Resources, Central Romana Corporation)
- Claudio Doñé (Institutional Development Advisor at #PBOorg) and
- Mirla Cedeño (PBO Community Assistance Coordinator)
This year, 6 scholarships were awarded by #PBOorg to students: Franchesca Almánzar, Iris Gómez, Pablo Basilio, Brandy Ventura, Ana Luis and Yudely Pelegrín.
At PBO we firmly believe that all children deserve the opportunity to learn and grow so that they can transcend the difficulties that the social environment provides them, creating the conditions to be members and professionals in society.
[Photos and info courtesy of Patronato Benefico Oriental]
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.