The Hogar del Niño was recently blessed with a visit from famous fashion designer and active supporter Jeanette Limas.
The highlight of her visit was a motivational speech given to fourth year high school students, which touched upon career goals and pursing one’s passion. Ms. Limas encouraged the young men and women to not only be model citizens and responsible figures in today’s world, but more importantly to recognize the opportunities given to them and use them to help accomplish their dreams. In a Coelho-esque moment that echoed on advice given in the Alchemist, Jeanette talked about the power of passion and ambition:
¨When you decide you want something very badly, that energy builds and helps you to achieve it. Take advantage of the opportunities given to you, and set out to fulfill that dream and that passion that sits deep within you. Focus on your dream. If you don’t, if you make the unconscious decision to not pursue your passion, it can drive you crazy. Decide what you want to be and go be it.¨
Ms. Limas, a fashion designer from La Romana who now resides in New York City and is the Head Design Assistant in Urban Zen by Donna Karan, knew at a very young age she wanted to work in the fashion industry. But things were not always easier for her:¨It’s a struggle. I remember times of little support, knocking on doors only to have them not open for me. Times when I received no recognition, and felt frustrated and lost. But I kept going. You can never give up—if you know what you want and you really want it, go and fight for it.¨
Ms. Limas found out about the Hogar about 3 years ago, at the Fashion Show Dominicana Moda, where the Patronato Benéfico Oriental was one of the benefitting charities of the event.
¨I am from La Romana and knew of the organization, but it wasn’t until speaking with people from the organization at Dominicana Moda that I realized just how much they are doing for the community of La Romana, the scope of their work and how involved they are. At the event, I was invited to a Café de La Leche in Casa de Campo, where I later learned more about the organization. Since then I have been a constant supporter– I don’t have enough good things to say about all the great work they do in La Romana and surrounding communities.’’
The Hogar would like to thank Ms. Limas for her visit, her inspirational words, and her continuous and generous support.