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The Patronato Benéfico Oriental and the Embassy of Japan in the country opened four new classrooms at the Hogar del Niño School, as part of the expansion project of the educational center that welcomes more than 1,700 students.
During the opening ceremony, a plaque was unveiled by Mrs. Xiomara Menéndez Dájer, President of the Patronato Benéfico Oriental, and by Mr. Maruhashi Shigetomo, Counselor of the Embassy of Japan, to commemorate the donation of this project for an amount greater than US $ 83,000.00 dollars through the Community Economic Assistance Program of the Japanese embassy.
“These new classrooms will allow us to expand our capacity at the Hogar del Niño, for when we are able to welcome our students again, to continue offering an educational space that promotes the quality of teaching and the family values that have characterized us since the beginning more than 40 years ago,” said Xiomara Menéndez during her speech.
“We thank the Embassy of Japan for their solidarity and commitment to supporting the Hogar del Niño projects, which have allowed the growth and stability of our students and their families,” continued Menéndez.
For his part, Mr. Shigetomo emphasized the will of the Japanese Government to contribute to the improvement and development of the Dominican society, further strengthening the ties of friendship and cooperation that exist between Japan and the Dominican Republic.
The Hogar del Niño currently has 1,700 students (0-18 years old) who daily receive nutrition, education, medical and dental care. Their inclusive education platform allows the integration of deaf children and children with different abilities. The educational model focuses on the multidisciplinary balance, which allows equal attention and relevance of Liberal Arts and Sciences.