The National Institute of Integral Attention to Early Childhood (Inaipi), inaugurated the Caipi Villa Esperanza, to benefit 250 children, who are integrated to the coverage of services.
The ceremony was headed by the first lady and honorary president of the Cabinet of Children and Adolescents (GANA-DR), Raquel Arbaje and the executive director of Inaipi, Besaida Manola Santana, who were accompanied by community leaders, representatives of various government entities, as well as beneficiary families.
The commissioning of the Caipi Villa Esperanza is part of the national plan to expand the coverage of quality comprehensive services for early childhood and their families, implemented by the government of President Luis Abinader, through Inaipi.
First Lady Raquel Arbaje expressed her emotion for being in her father’s town, of which she became “godmother” since the beginning of President Abinader’s government. Referring to the new center she said that, “as of today, 250 children will not only receive food and preschool education, but will also receive follow-up on the vaccination plan, and their parents will have access to training, because we do not come with a manual that teaches us how to be a mom or dad”.
The honorary president of the Cabinet of Children and Adolescents took the opportunity to highlight the need for Dominican families to receive guidance in various approaches, an issue on which, she assured, she will continue to work.
Meanwhile, Besaida Manola Santana affirmed that the new Caipi, in addition to benefiting the infants with quality attention, will allow the benefited mothers to resume their studies or enter the labor market.
She assured that President Luis Abinader and First Lady Raquel Arbaje prioritize policies aimed at early childhood, because it is the best way to form in values the women and men of the future.
The opening ceremony was also attended by Elvira Corporán, governor of San Juan; congressmen Nidio Encarnación and Frank Ramírez; Ana María Castillo, in charge of Presidential Management and José Valenzuela, advisor to the Executive Branch on border issues.
Representing Inaipi were Juan Tomás Méndez, Director of Operations; Aideli Almonte, Director of Planning and Development; Yahaira Martínez, in charge of the Southern Region and Maira Ravelo, in charge of Caipi of Direct Management, among others.
The new Caipi will benefit 250 children, who will receive services from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; it will also integrate another 368 infants, who, together with their families, will receive care through the CAFI Hermanas Mirabal, for a total of 618 infants and their families impacted in this locality.
The infants and families benefited reside in the neighborhoods of La Mina, Villa Carmen or La Gallera, Villa Esperanza or Villa Fátima, El Corbanito, Los Multi, Los Transformadores and La Milagrosa.
The children will receive care under the Inaipi model, focusing on the components of early stimulation and initial education; health and nutrition; attention to special educational needs and disability; protection against violence; birth registration; as well as accompaniment to families and communities.
Interventions also include support and care in homes, strengthening of good parenting practices, support to godparents with children from 0 to 1 year old and high-risk pregnant women, as well as network articulation to guarantee public services.