In 2007, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Puerto Plata established a vocational training center in the township of Cabarete. The training center offers courses at no cost to children and youth, in various subject areas including information technology. These children are extremely poor and most of them suffer from physical disabilities. In addition to receiving vocational education and training, the participants experience increased self-esteem and benefit from moral and civic empowerment that helps keep them away from crime. To date, the center has benefited children who otherwise would have no access to computer training and jobs and facilitated job placement in the labor market and helped promote the self-development of these at-risk youth through basic vocational training and the use of information technology.


How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps


OSF provided funds to furnish and equip the computer center located inside the Centro de Formación y Capacitación de Cabarete, as well as pay the salary for an IT instructor.






Juventud De Hoy Training Center (CCJH) is a non-profit, non-governmental institution, focused on the formation and development of children, adolescents and young adults in vulnerable situations, through training technical and comprehensive education, job search, technological skills, humanitarian aid, among others. An institution that creates healthy conditions for children, adolescents and young people who live, lived or are at risk of living in the street of the city of La Romana, whose ages fluctuate from 12 onwards, independently of its origin, physical condition, emotional lacks, state of health, among others.


Juventud De Hoy, which translates to Youth Of Today, consists of a Training Center and a Transitional Home that gives comprehensive and personalized attention to each young adult and involves the active participation of giving support to children, adolescents and young adults, as well as their families. 


How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps


OSF provided funds to begin the Juventud De Hoy Training Center. We provided all the furnishings as well as the hardware and software and cover the salary for the computer teacher. This program came out of necessity to continue to serve the children who had to leave Orfanato Niños y Niñas de Cristo in La Romana that Orphaned Starfish had supported for over 12 years. The Orphaned Starfish Foundation has furnished and fully funded Juventud de Hoy’s computer center. OSF provided 20 computers, a printer, a projector, supplies and material, as well as the monthly rent payment for a secure center. We also pay for teacher salary, Rosetta Stone, and Microsoft office suite. OSF is dedicated to serving the underprivileged adolescents and young adults who have aged out of the orphanage by ensuring that students obtain the training needed to develop into successful independent young adults.


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