We have been fortunate to be sponsored by many foundations over the years. Below are just a few of the foundations that have contributed to the Orphanage.
Maestro Cares ~ Henry Cardenas and Marc Anthony
Salsa star Marc Anthony and Henry Cardenas opened the first all-male orphanage in La Romana, sponsored by the Maestro Cares Foundation, this year on Wednesday, April 2. The grand opening celebration was attended by the Vice President of the Dominican Republic, Margarita Cedeño de Fernández; Senate President, Reynaldo Pared; Colombian actor Manolo Cardona (Cartel of the Frogs), and merengue dancer Rubby Pérez, among other national and foreign personalities. “Today is a memorable day for me, definitely a special day … Two years ago I spent Christmas with the children, and that date changed my life. Knew I had to do something, this is something very personal to me. Is a day that I will never forget,” said Marc, visibly moved during the inauguration. Click here to read more about this event.
The Charles Decker Foundation ~ Charles Decker
“I discovered helping these children changed my life as well!”
Charles Decker and The Charles Decker Foundation have helped the children since 2005 as a major contributor to numerous programs including salaries for nurses and teachers, food, etc. as well as now sponsoring Carolina Perez in college where she is studying to be an orthodontist.
Goya Foods, Inc.
As part of its mission to provide resources and support to homeless and neglected children in developing Latin American countries, the Maestro Cares Foundation teamed up with iconic brand Goya Foods to harness the power of Marc Anthony’s devoted fans for the boys of La Romana. Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned U.S. food company, sponsored ten of Marc Anthony’s national ‘Cambio de Piel’ tour concerts and pledged to donate up to 50,000 pounds of food to The Maestro Cares Foundation by matching every dollar donated by fans with one pound of food. After enticing fans with the chance to win the opportunity to meet Marc Anthony backstage, the pop sensation was able to raise $50,000 and 50,000 pounds of food has already started to go to the children at the Orfanato Niños de Cristo. Goya’s generous donation will provide over 5,000 meals to the boys.
Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures packages and distributes over 2,200 high-quality food products from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world; their combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings and convenient preparation make them ideal for every taste and every table.
Action Innocence ~ Mrs. Valerie Wertheimer
The Orfanato Niños de Cristo recognizes the unconditional support provided by Mrs. Valerie Wertheimer for over 10 years. Years ago, when the Orphanage consisted only of a small house, Mrs. Wertheimer joined our family of sponsors. She has identified the needs of the Orphanage and has made a great effort to ensure that our projects continue to grow every day. Without her support and dedication, it would have been impossible to attain many of the achievements we have accomplished over the years. Mrs. Wertheimer runs the international foundation Action Innocence, which fights against the exploitation of children, emphasizing dignity, integrity and the rights of the child.
Orphaned Starfish ~ Andy Stein
“Orphaned Starfish and I have been a Sponsor of the Orphanage for over five years. The hope, dedication, determination and love that I have had the honor to enjoy with these wonderful children is so very special.”
Andy Stein and Orphaned Starfish, his foundation, have been been contributors for many years but their sponsorship of our computer facility has helped change the lives of many of our children. They now interact with the world and can see the opportunities that await them if they work hard in school. Andy and his staff visit the Orphanage on a regular basis and one can see the love they have for all the children.
Gleaning for the World
The children of the Orphanage have received several shipments from Gleaning for the World that have contained school desks, chairs and tables, school supplies, clothing, soap, energy drinks, and numerous other items that were needed at the Orphanage. The mission of Gleaning of the World, as stated on their website, is “Gleaning For The World seeks to provide urgently needed and life-saving support to communities in critical need throughout the world through the responsible application of a powerful concept that we call “gleaning.” By gleaning we mean that, from a host of generous corporate donors, we collect surplus medical and other essential supplies which we then, are able to distribute where humanitarian help is needed worldwide.”
The children are very grateful for the donations and wish to especially thank Reverend Ron Davidson, Rick Peterson, and Carolyn and Milton Peterson for their generosity.
Segural Universal, Santo Domingo / Caceres & Asociados
Segural Universal is a recognized institution governed by the highest ethical and moral values. They firmly believe that accountability is a continuous action, and so they proudly contribute to sustainable development and improving the quality of life of their employees and families, the community and society in general. Education, Health and Environment are the pillars of the Corporate Social Responsibility program of Universal. Segural Universal donated a significant portion of the insurance requirements for the Orfanato, for which the Orfanato is very grateful. The Orfanato is also very thankful to Ramon Caceres, partner in the Casa de Campo office of Caceres and Asociados, who arranged for the insurance donation and contributed his company’s commission to the Orfanato.
Fundacion MIR charities
Fundacion MIR charities was founded in 1988 by Lian Fanjul de Azqueta to “provide the people of the Dominican Republic with the hope and and love they need and deserve”. The MIR mission is” to assist children and families escape poverty by identifying and addressing their needs through educational services and collaborative programs”. The Orphanage has had several students in the MIR schools over the years, and in 2012 we were fortunate to have the MIR sponsor 5 of our boys in the MIR boys schools. The boys school will not only provide basic education, but will provide technical training in an area the boys will select such as refrigeration, auto mechanics, electricity, etc. This will provide them with the ability to obtain a job in a specific trade after graduation.
Hogar del Niño
Hogar del Niño is a foundation incorporated as Patronato Benefico Oriental, Inc. that was founded in 1976 to provide social services to the community of La Romana. Today there are approximately 1,500 children from toddlers to high school students who go to school daily at the Hogar. Many of the Orphanage children have attended the Hogar over the years and in 2013 several children attend the school, and all of the children have had the opportunity to visit the Dental Office where they have 3 dentists and 2 assistants. This sponsorship by the Hogar del Niño has been extremely helpful to our children by fulfilling both their educational needs and dental and other medical requirements.
Innocents at Risk ~ Mrs. Deborah Sigmund
Deborah Sigmund, along with her friends and staff, have all been wonderful contributors to our organization since 2009. They have been kind enough to make frequent trips to Orfanato Ninos de Cristo, donating not only food and funds, but also precious time with our children.
Innocents at Risk is a nonprofit organization founded by Deborah Sigmund to fight child exploitation and human trafficking. Their mission is to educate citizens about the grave issue of global and local human trafficking. They are dedicated to protecting children from all forms of abuse, and work to end child exploitation and child trafficking everywhere. Since 2004, Innocents at Risk has been working to raise awareness about the horrors of child trafficking in America and around the world. They conduct educational outreach programs through churches, clubs, organizations, schools and embassies.