In January 2003 our NPH family in the Dominican Republic was born. It began with seven children in a rented home in the town of San Pedro de Macoris and then 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.
Casa Santa Ana is now home to 215 children living in 15 family-style homes. Thanks to the help and support of dedicated local construction workers, volunteers from Canada and the US and to both national and international donations, construction has continued over the years. The facilities consist of two school buildings, volunteer house, administration building, chapel, central kitchen, clinic, three visitor homes and four homes for staff. The property also includes various agricultural areas, farm land, greenhouse, playgrounds, gardens, basketball court and our own baseball and soccer fields.
Casa Santa Maria, also referred to as the “Haiti House,” is an outreach program at our home in the Dominican Republic for children from Haiti with cancer. These children are referred to the program from the NPH St. Damien Pediatric Hospital in Haiti. The children and their parent stay in the NPH home in the DR while receiving radiation therapy in the capital, Santo Domingo.
In 2011, we made a very strong and conscious effort to make our home more environmentally friendly. Through education and other programs, our children are now aware of recycling, composting, and the effects of garbage on the environment. With the use of our greenhouse and other farmland, we are able to produce organic vegetables to feed our children. Many of them participated in the planting and cultivation of the crops and were excited to see how their hard work produced various vegetables and plants. Furthermore, our new residential house is completely powered by solar panels; this is possible due to a donation by CESPM.
We want to acknowledge and thank our godparents and donors for the care and donations that support our children. Because of you, our children are able to live healthy, loving and well-rounded lives that prepare them for the future. We are eternally grateful for each and for every one of your efforts.
NPH Dominican Republic is led by Kieran Rigney and his wife, along with over 90 dedicated staff.