As part of the plan to expand the coverage of quality comprehensive services for early childhood, the Government of President Luis Abinader, through the National Institute for Comprehensive Care for Early Childhood (INAIPI), inaugurated the CAIPI Pedro Justo Carrión, in this municipality.
The inaugural ceremony was led by the first lady and honorary president of the Cabinet of Children and Adolescents (GANA-DR), Raquel Arbaje, who was accompanied by her mother, Margarita Soneh, and the executive director of INAIPI, Besaida Manola Santana.
Arbaje explained that this new CAIPI shows that the government of President Luis Abinader works day after day, not for charity, but for justice that dignifies, so that among its priorities is that Dominican children grow up healthy, in a country that respects their right to a dignified life and equal opportunities for all.
Meanwhile, Santana said that the center will offer love and quality care to stimulate the development of each of the children, as well as guaranteeing respect for their rights.
Likewise, Sonia Iris José, thanking on behalf of the benefited families, said that the community is rejoicing because President Abinader prioritizes the attention directed to the infants, offering the mothers the opportunity to continue their studies and to work.
The ceremony was also attended by Aracelis Villanueva, governor of the province of San Pedro de Macorís; Yolanda Jacobo, deputy mayor of the municipality of San Pedro de Macorís; Nelson Arroyo, president of the Board of Directors of the Dominican Telecommunications Institute (INDOTEL); the Reverend Father Paul Antonio Ramírez, pastor of the church of Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia, who blessed the work, and former Major League Baseball pitcher Daniel Cabrera.
Representing INAIPI were Yanett Rodríguez, Deputy Director of Institutional Management; Juan Tomás Méndez, Director of Operations; Casimiro Toledo, Administrative and Financial Director; Quilma Tió, in charge of CAIPI centers; Keila Cruz, in charge of Community Participation and Adelfa Feliz, in charge of the Eastern Regional Office.
Benefits of CAIPI
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 736 children, through the network of CAFI Pedro Justo Carrión and Villa Faro, for a total of 986 impacted children and their families, residing in the Pedro Justo Carrión, Las Piedras, Filipinas, Villa Faro, San Antón and Miramar neighborhoods.
The center has 10 rooms, distributed according to age range, as well as areas for breastfeeding, play, feeding, children’s and adult bathrooms. There is also an administrative area, parking areas, a kitchen, and food and supplies storage areas, among others.
The infants will receive care under the INAIPI model, focusing on early stimulation and initial education; health and nutrition; special educational needs and disability; protection against violence; birth registration; as well as support for 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.