Our Homes: NPH Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic COVID-19 Updates
(Excerpts from Kieran Rigney, the National Director of NPH Dominican Republic, sharing news about how the children are getting on at Casa Santa Ana and Casa San Marcos-Marco Simoncelli, but warns of difficult times ahead.)
NPH Dominican Republic supports 169 children in residential care, 14 of which have special needs who reside in Casa San Marcos, one of the most vulnerable groups to COVID-19. Since the beginning of the outbreak, the National Director, Kieran Rigney, confirms that “99% of time the main gates [of Casa Santa Ana] remain closed” and “the children in the home are okay”, while also receiving donations from local businesses of pineapples and mushrooms, the latter of which many of the children have never seen before. However, there could be difficult times ahead when life returns to normal, especially with the economy suffering from the pending recession caused by the nationwide lock-down.
In the meantime, caregivers and staff continue to support the children, providing the best attention and care, both in food, education and health. University students and hermanos mayores (older brothers and sisters), many of which have had their jobs suspended, are also helping with childcare duties. NPH Dominican Republic would like to say thank you for the continued support from donors and godparents from around the globe. Together we can build a better future.
For more information from Casa Santa Ana, watch Kieran Rigney talking of the impact of COVID-19 on NPH Dominican Republic.
18,815 square miles – slightly more than twice the size of New Hampshire
10,597,348 (July 2021 est.)
Spanish, English widely spoken
Water shortages, soil erosion, deforestation; subject to severe storms from June to October
Discover NPH Dominican Republic
Our family in the Dominican Republic began with seven children in a rented home in the town of San Pedro de Macoris and quickly expanded to six rented houses. The bishop of San Pedro de Macoris, Francisco Ozoria Acosta, donated land to NPH on behalf of his diocese. Two adjacent parcels were then purchased and construction began on the NPH home. In September 2005, the family moved into their new home, naming it Casa Santa Ana.
NPH Dominican Republic Facts
January 6, 2003
Children/youth fully supported:
Total services provided:
518 (Includes children and youth fully supported; community children, youths and adults who receive support by either attending our onsite schools, receive scholarships, receive in-kind donations and or medical/social services; and support for Hermanos Mayores who grew up at the home.)
Outside of San Pedro de Macorís, about 40 miles east of Santo Domingo, the nation’s capital and largest city
50 acres of land; school (grades K – 11); vocational workshops; clinic; farm and greenhouse; fully independent water system, including a tower and wells; chapel; playgrounds, basketball court; baseball and soccer fields
Did you know?
- Casa Santa Ana has small family-style homes, each with its own kitchen and garden.
- The baseball field was built and improved by Lindos Sueños, a community outreach program of the Boston Red Sox.
- A Montessori program was launched in 2016. While not part of the national curriculum, NPH decided to add it in order to provide the highest quality of education possible. A special education program was also launched.
- The vocational school, which opened in September 2016, has 77 students, including 40 from the community. It offers technical careers in cabinetmaking, handicrafts, shoemaking, sewing, clay, and music.
- A Saturday morning workshop began in 2018. Activities include technical lessons such as woodworking and electricity, and creative learning with dance, music and painting. The goal is to help the children find an interest in an area of study and prepare them to work outside the home.
- Community outreach activities include construction projects, and medical, education, and social work programs/activities.
- A transitional home in Monte Plata was opened in 2017 to transition children into the main NPH home, reunite them with their families, or be placed in the care of a different home. A second home was opened in 2018, and services were expanded.