On Tuesday, very early in the morning, I will leave for the Dominican Republic to be a volunteer at the Armando Rosenberg Home and School. The orphanage is located in Sabana Perdida in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. Sabana Perdida is considered one of the poorest provinces in Santo Domingo and this orphanage provides an education, a free medical clinic, a dental clinic and a church for the surrounding community that suffers through tremendous poverty. All of these services are located on a 15 acre property that started as only an orphanage for children in 1983. It was founded by Harold S. Wooden, a Rotarian from New Jersey, who was appalled at the original conditions of the orphanage, then called San Salvador. The dormitory was completed in 1988 and is now the home to around 140 children from all over the Dominican Republic who were orphaned, abandoned or come from circumstances of extreme poverty. There are also around 700 students who come to the orphanage to get an education and 2 high school buildings with a daily occupancy of 1200 students.
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