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The Barceló Foundation has granted 68 school scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year to children and young people from the Parish of Santa Catalina de Siena, in the La Isabelita neighborhood (Dominican Republic). These grants will enable their beneficiaries – students with few economic resources from the Santo Domingo area – to continue their studies in private educational centers, after not having obtained the corresponding place in public education.
Of the 68 scholarships granted, 38 are for elementary school students and 18 for high school students, and all of them include both the payment of tuition and the school supplies needed during the year. In some cases, particularly in 12 cases, transport assistance is also provided.
The cost of this scholarship program promoted by the Dominican Sisters and financed by the Barceló Foundation, amounts to almost 12.000 dollars and its objective is to facilitate that children and young people in a situation of vulnerability in the Santa Isabelita neighborhood have access to education.
It is worth noting that this is the thirteenth consecutive year that the Barceló Foundation has supported the Scholarship project for primary and high school students in the Santa Isabelita neighborhood in the Dominican Republic. A project that year after year has been consolidated and that in the 2019-2020 school year has achieved excellent academic results, despite the COVID-19 pandemic: 99% of the students have passed the school year and there have been no dropouts.
“During the 2019/2020 school year, we have worked hard so that the students did not lose their classes in spite of the COVID-19. The teachers have achieved to maintain the activities so that the students finish the course correctly”, says Sor Ana Delia González, local prioress and representing the Dominican Sisters, and these minors study at three schools in the area: the Mella School, the Buen Sembrador Center and the María Isabel School.
It is also worth mentioning the great work done by the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, founded in 1949 by Mother Dominga Guzmán in Yauco, Puerto Rico. Since 1992 they have been in the Ensanche of the La Isabelita neighborhood, where they collaborate with the Santa Catalina de Siena Parish, as well as helping the families with less resources in the area.