First Lady Raquel Arbaje, together with Besaida Manola Santana, executive director of the National Institute of Integral Attention to Early Childhood (INAIPI), led the celebration of a Mass of Thanksgiving to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the foundation of the institution.
The Eucharist, celebrated in the Metropolitan Cathedral Santa María de la Encarnación, Primada de América, was officiated by Monsignor Santiago Rodríguez, who was accompanied by the priest Nelson Clark and Fray Arístides Jiménez Richardson.
In her words of thanks, Santana de Baez, while ratifying the commitment to transparency and zero tolerance against child abuse, announced that they will continue to strengthen the accompaniment they provide in the homes of families receiving Inaipi services, to continue to promote good parenting practices.
He added that the institution is committed to continue opening new care centers to integrate more children and families living in vulnerable conditions. He emphasized that this administration has opened 53 new centers, 15 of them Caipi C or Community, a denomination of this administration to give timely responses to territories that do not have spaces in construction and need services.
Meanwhile, Monsignor Santiago Rodríguez, after congratulating the Inaipi family, emphasized that this is one of the most important public policies developed by the government, because it is aimed at children.
He specified that the attention to children is fundamental to form future generations in family, Christian and moral values. He also urged the institution to continue promoting responsible fatherhood and motherhood.
The religious ceremony was attended by officials from different government institutions, among them Franklin García Fermín, Minister of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (Mescyt); Félix Antonio Santana, Comptroller General of the Republic; Iván Hernández, Director of Inespre; Cristian Sánchez, Director of the National Institute of Public Administration; as well as Mrs. Isabel Mejía de Grullón (doña Chavela), former president of Conani.
Also present were Nancy Handal de Mejía, coordinator of the Office of the First Lady and of the Cabinet of Children and Adolescents (GANA); José Cancel, vice minister of Mescyt and Juan Medina, director of the Cabinet of that ministry and Andrea Difó, deputy director of Promese/CAL, among other personalities.
Also present for Inaipi were Yanett Rodríguez, deputy director of Institutional Management; Yanina Torres, deputy director of Operational and Territorial Management; Harolin Almonte, deputy director of Inter-institutional Relations, as well as the directors and heads of areas and other collaborators.
After the thanksgiving mass, a delegation led by the executive director of Inaipi went to the Altar of the Homeland, where they laid a wreath to honor the founding fathers of the Republic.
Inaipi is the entity responsible for managing the provision of quality comprehensive care services to children during early childhood, that is, from 0 to 5 years old, and their families.
These services are offered through the Comprehensive Early Childhood Care Centers (Caipi) and Comprehensive Care for Children and the Family (CAFI), which are part of the Family and Community Based Program (PBFC).