A Motivational Word – Fashion Designer Jeanette Limas Visits Hogar del Niño

The Hogar del Niño was recently blessed with a visit from famous fashion designer and active suppor

Meet Meri Hirose

After several years, the Patronato Benéfico Oriental has the honor of renewing a relationship with

PBO Scholars to visit Universidad Nacional de La Rioja in Argentina

One of the missions of the Patronato Benéfico Oriental (PBO) is that our merit scholars–throu


Join Us Tomorrow for November’s Cafe de La Leche!

November 8, 2012 in Events, Sin categoría

Volunteer Profile: Francisco Mercedes

November 6, 2012 in Involúcrese

For Francisco Mercedes, volunteer service comes easily—he has incorporated it into his daily routing for exercising and staying fit.

An active and energetic person, Francisco is often found exercising, running, planning workout routines with friends and practicing sports.  In between hours working at Casa de Campo, being a father and husband, and volunteering with church groups for the community, Francisco also finds time to be active in serving the community.  It was after his friend suggested to him that he could take his passion for exercise and sports—his favorite hobby—and merge it with a different type of volunteer service, that he begin working with youth and doing just that.

Now, Francisco, who has worked in concierge at Casa de Campo for over 14 years, has taken up an additional volunteer post as a physical fitness instructor at the Hogar del Niño.  Every Tuesday and Thursday he spends his mornings at the school, helping physical fitness instructor Abraham Ponce, and together they teach gym and exercise classes.

For Francisco it is easy, a perfect fusion of his favorite hobby and something else he loves to do—volunteer and give back to the community.

“For me, this is fun.  I enjoy it immensely, I am volunteering, but more importantly doing what I like. If anyone is interested in volunteering, I would recommend talking to the staff at the Hogar or PBO to be given a tour.  Once you see the Hogar, you are motivated to help, whether economically or with your presence.  There are many needs at the Hogar—for example, if you are a cook you can take some time to help in the kitchens, if you like children you can help in the preschool, if you know languages you can help teach.”‘

Hogar del Niño Celebrates Fourth Graduating Class

October 4, 2012 in Events

This past August, the Patronato Benefico Oriental (PBO) had the pleasure of celebrating the fourth graduation of high school students from the Hogar del Niño school.

The thirty-one graduates were in charge of the ceremony this year and hosted a happy and unforgettable event where each student had the opportunity to express their emotions through their participation. The ceremony brought joy to all in attendance as the students shared the energy and enthusiasm of one of the most special moments of their lives.

Hosts Isaac Sosa and Luisa María Rivera began with the opening remarks. The event continued with a Presentation of Diplomas and Awards to the students and a class video, presented by student Abigail Santana. Mrs. Margaret Golberg,. Coordinator of the Extracurricular English Program at Hogar del Niño, was this year’s guest speaker, giving words of motivation and inspiration to the graduating class. Awards and certificates were also presented to Hogar del Niño professors on behalf of the students, and a final presentation by honor student Oscar Pinales and a farewell by student Diaris Merecedes Carrión brought the ceremony to a close.

During the ceremony there were many inspirational moments, the most notable being the words of scholar Ketty Alexandra Pérez, who recounted story of her struggles and the obstacles she overcame to become a professional and take advantage of the opportunity the PBO gave her to achieve her goals. Ketty, one of many successful PBO scholars, now holds a medical license in Bionanalysis from Universidad Central del Este (UCE) and works as the head of Bioanalysis at the Good Samaritan Hospital in La Romana.

Many young students have benefitted from the Scholarship Program, among them Natasha Silverio Mercedes and Geuri García, who currently attend UCE’s architectural program. These two young professionals also shared their stories before presenting scholarship awards to this year’s graduating class. This year’s scholars were Oscar Solis, Isaac Sosa, Leidy Santana, Diaris Merecedes and Ravel Paniagua, and were presented their awards by Xiomara Menéndez, Phyllis Berney, Ana María Paniagua, Alexandra Avanzini and Ketty A. Peréz.

Our institution firmly believes that all young men and women deserve the opportunity to learn and receive a quality education that allows them to overcome the difficulties of their social status, and strives to create conditions that allow these youth to become healthy professionals in our community.

PBO Approved as TOMS Giving Partner

June 3, 2012 in Sin categoría

The Patronato Benéfico Oriental (PBO) would like to announce we recently became a TOMS
Shoe Giving Partner. As part of TOMS One for One™ initiative, the PBO received a shipment
of new shoes to distribute to children in the greater community of La Romana.

The importance of proper footwear often goes overlooked. In communities where there
is a need for proper shoes, health issues and complications from a lack of quality shoes are
sometimes unknown. TOMS and the PBO seek to address this issue by educating children
and families about the importance of wearing good shoes and providing quality footwear to
children in La Romana. We are hopeful that this will have a positive and profound impact
on the children’s health and well-being.

We will have more updates and new photos from the ongoing distribution soon!

Students from the Zona Verde Visit Hospital Robert Reid Cabral

May 14, 2012 in Events, The Zona Verde

A gesture of love and solidarity took place when students of the Zona Verde at the Hogar del Niño traveled to Robert Reid Cabral Hospital in Santo Domingo to visit their Youth Cancer Center.

The students put aside their own selves for the day and made the trip to the Center to bring music, arts, and crafts—as well as smiles of joy—to the young patients there.  As the Hogar students said, “we came to teach them how to make flowers from recycled newspaper as a gift, and we hope they might be able to make the flowers again themselves and pass on the gift to others in the future.’’

The highlight of the trip was the friendship that developed between the children—the passed the day not only engaged in the projects together, but sharing stories, music, tastes, hobbies and common interests as well, making it an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

At the end of the day, after sharing a meal of delicious pizza, the children reflected on the experience.  It was clear by the big smiles they carried that the certainly had the satisfaction of having shared, given, received, and to have found good friends.

First Graduation of Alfabetizacion Program

April 26, 2012 in Events, Involúcrese, Programs

Last month the Patronato Benefico Oriental, along with the Foundation for the Southern Future, celebrated the first graduation of the Literacy Program for Youth and Young Adults. The ceremony was very uplifting and emotional—everyone in attendance was filled with a sense of pride to see men and women, youth and young adults receiving certificates of accreditation as graduates of the program. Completion of the program will also give these graduates the opportunity to participate in programs of continued education, such as in the formal system or technical programs such as those sponsored by the PBO Vocational Workshop, in partnership with INFOTEP.

The Dominican Republic has one of the highest rates of illiteracy in the Caribbean. With an estimated 10-13% of the adult population illiterate, it is significantly above the average of 8.3% among Caribbean and Latin American counties. The problem is severe—the country is far above the average rate of illiteracy. The project Plan Estratégico de Educación Provincial aims to reduce poverty by means of intensive action, participative programs for youth and adults that will gradually eradicate illiteracy in La Romana. The communities benefited by the first cycle of the program were the Hogar del Niño, Municipal District Cumayasa KM 10, Batey Cacata, and Villa Hermosa—including the neighborhoods of San Carlos, Pica Piedra, and Tsuchi, for a total of four hundred and thirty-eight participants.

The four hundred and thirty-eight participants who finished the program received certificates accredited by the Ministry of Adult Education of the Dominican Republic (MINERD), and seventy-three participants were placed in second and third cycle of basic formal adult education.

We hope that in the future these adults can continue their education and that the success of this program continues. Literacy does not only involve letters and knowledge of words and what they imply, but furthermore it offers participants and their communities the opportunity to achieve change in their own lives of their own will, to be men and women capable of integrating graciously into Dominican society and the labor market, to develop critical thinking skills and entrepreneurial skills, and to ultimately provide independent support for their families.

PBO Accepts TOMS “One Day Without Shoes” Challenge

April 11, 2012 in Sin categoría

The PBO participated yesterday in the TOMS Shoes “One Day Without Shoes” campaign to help raise awareness about the millions of children in the world without shoes.

The PBO staff went barefoot the entire day of April 10th, to be in solidarity with the cause and spread the word about the campaign.  The experience of putting ourselves in the place of others for a day was incredible.  We caused plenty of reactions by being barefoot, and everyone wanted to know more about why we were without shoes.

“One Day without Shoes” is truly a great event, and we felt proud to have participated.  We had fun promoting the day and will definitely partipate again next year.

If you want to learn more about TOMS and the “One Day Without Shoes” campaign, visit their page here.

Stonehill H.O.P.E. Returns to Hogar

March 30, 2012 in Involúcrese, Programs

During the second week of March, twenty-four volunteers from Stonehill College  in Easton, MA visited the Hogar del Niño. The university students, who participated in a program known as H.O.P.E. Alternative Spring Break, spent the week doing volunteer service—-painting classrooms, teaching english, working in the preschool areas and the infant room, as well as leading arts and crafts projects in the Zona Verde extracurricular building.

H.O.P.E. is an acronym which stands for: Honoring our neighbor, Organizing for justice, Practicing peace, and Encountering God.

This group has been visiting our institution every March since 2007. This trip was another successful year for all involved in our volunteer program. The students and volunteers, as always, shared many unforgettable moments and cultivated many friendships.

Alicia Talty, a volunteer who returned for her second trip to the Hogar, was happy to be back: “It’s amazing to see how much progress and improvements can be done within one year. Being at the Hogar is such an uplifting experience – it’s impossible not to be happy, smile, or laugh because it’s contagious throughout the school.”

First time volunteer Ryan Rafferty was also very moved by what he saw at Hogar: “My hope trip experience was truly world changing for me. Being an education major, I always believed that a school was solely a place for learning. But from this experience I learned that a school can provide so much more than just educational opportunities. In the Hogar, the students receive security, medical attention, food, and a real sense of family.”


The cultural exchange that emerges from having volunteers here is always enriching and fulfilling for both students and volunteers.  Volunteer service trips such as H.O.P.E. are inspiring for those who come to work here. But we also know beyond a doubt that every volunteer who passes through the Hogar, for whoever long or short a time, leaves a footprint here and is forever part of our family.


 Thank you Stonehill Hope, and all of our volunteers!

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