Fundación Solidaridad Calasancia (SOLCA)

La Fundación Solidaridad Calasancia (SOLCA) is an organization that promotes the social projects of the Orden de las Escuelas Pías in the Province of Central America and Dominican Republic: Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Dominican Republic. They are educational, cultural and health-related projects that benefit children, youth and their families, especially those with scarce resources and that are at risk of social exclusion. SOLCA is present in these three countries through local chapters which follow up on the projects, determine their needs and channel economic assistance from donors, fulfilling the objective of obtaining systematic and decisive assistance for these types of projects which are closest to the poor, as well as to proclaim the Escolapian philosophy of integrated education for infants and youth. In the Dominican Republic, SOLCA is present in La Romana, Bávaro and Santo Domingo, helping projects like the Cultural Center Calasanz of La Puya (Santo Domingo), the Health Program in La Romana, the Sports Club Calasanz in La Romana, the Network of Cultural Centers of La Romana (7 communities) and Calasanz Unites Us (Camp/Youth Volunteers) in Bávaro.

General Information

  • Legal Name: Fundación Solidaridad Calasancia
  • Acronym: SOLCA
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • RNC/Tax ID No: 430077674
  • Geographic Areas: La Altagracia, La Romana, Santo Domingo
  • Theme Areas: Arts & Culture, Children and Youth, Community Development, Education, Health
  • Quantity and Type of Beneficiaries:

    Education Programs: Children and youth of scarce resources

    Health Programs: Entire families

    2015 Projections:
    Cultural Center Calasanz La Puya: 3,890
    Health Program La Romana: 5,162
    Sports Club Calasanz: 100
    Cultural Center Network Calasanz: 160
    Calasanz Unites US 900

The Team

Management Team:

Rubén Garcia Mulet, Executive Director
Padre Francisco Montesinos, President

Board Members:

Padre Francisco Montesinos, President
Padre Rogelio Gimeno, Vice President
Padre Javier Alonso, Vocal
Sr. Jorge J. Miladeh, Vocal
Ing. Plinio Melo, Vocal
Sra. Maira Alcántara, Vocal
Sra. Casilda Cabral, Vocal

Contact Information

  • Telephone: (809) 533-1937, ext. 333 / Cel: (829) 788-5106
  • Email: fundacionsolca@gmail.com
  • Address:

    Colegio Calasanz
    Av. Independencia 1301, Zona Universitaria
    Santo Domingo, Rep. Dom.

  • Website: http://www.fundacionsolca.com
  • Social Networks: Facebook | Twitter | Youtube

Contact Person

  • Name: Rubén García Mulet
  • Position: Executive Director
  • Telephone: (809) 533-1937, ext. 333 / Cel: (829)788-5106
  • Email: fundacionsolca@gmail.com

Operation

  • Type of Organization: Non-Profit Organization
  • International Affiliations:

    Orden de las Escuelas Pías

  • Years of Operation: Since 2008
  • Number of Employees: 1
  • Number of Members: 49
  • Number of Volunteers:

    Approx.: 50 La Puya, 130 La Romana, 20 Bávaro, 15 Santo Domingo

  • Sources of Funding:

    International Stipend
    Corporate Donations
    Individual Donations
    Alumni and Colegio Calasanz Graduates Donations
    Dominican Government (with the Pre-school Program and teachers with School Support)

  • Products/Services:

    Pre-School
    School Support
    Art Programs
    Sports
    Reading Stimulation
    Camps
    Youth Volunteer Programs
    English Classes for Adolescents
    School for Parents
    Computer Classes Sponsored by INFOTEP
    Sports Club
    Helath Promoters
    Pediatric Attention
    Health Center P. Cavalotto
    Provision of Medicine
    Follow up to the Chronically Ill

  • Total Income:
  • Total Expenses:

Mission/Vision

GENERAL OBJECTIVES:
1. Technical Consulting in the elaboration of cooperation projects
a. Database on Needs
b. Elaboration and justification of projects at the national and international level
2. Search for Financing
a. Systematization of the processes for requesting resources
b. Channeling of aid from donors (personal, private and public organizations)
c. Fundraising campaigns
3. Information and Awareness
a. Channels of effective communication with donors to provide direct, current and transparent information
b. Culture of Solidarity (from the classroom to society)
c. Diffusion of the Escolapian Philosophy of serving the poorest
4. Collaboration Networks
a. Creation of work and volunteer teams

Primary Programs and Projects

CULTURAL CENTERS CALASANZ – INFORMAL EDUCATION PROGRAM:

Community spaces inserted in diverse impoverished rural and urban areas of La Romana and La Puya (Santo Domingo), in their own spaces or taking advantage of chapels, multi-use or parish installations. Informal education programs are developed. Their mission is to educate in a holistic manner, through this type of program, vulnerable children, youth and families in order to improve the quality of their lives, in the Calasanz style. The principal areas are personalized school support, motivation to read, handicrafts, sports, promotion of culture and art, and technical-professional training. They also seek a family and community structure. This program includes the Volunteers Calasanz Unites Us with the formation of monthly and summer volunteers, and the carrying out of monthly and summer camps in 10 neighborhoods in La Romana and La Puya.

HEALTH PROGRAM:

Health program in the crowded neighborhoods of La Romana that strives to collaborate in the improvement of the health of the region with the participation of the Escolapios of La Romana, through different activities, both preventative and curative. It is comprised of actions concerning the promotion of health and healthy habits. It is developed around five main principles: education for the health of the Calasanz schools, quality pediatric services in rural areas, programs providing follow up and distribution of medicine to the chronically ill, network of Health Promoters for the promotion of health habits and follow up to the sick, and public dispensary P. Cavalotto which is open to the public.

SPORTS PROGRAM:

The program’s goal is the improvement of the lives of at-risk boys and girls through sports activities, which aids in their social integration. This program assumes a development alternative for youth in a healthy recreational environment where they may acquire social skills, work with values, and participate in the recreational and competitive aspects of their school environments, with the goal of improving their academic performance and social integration. This is done through basketball, soccer and volleyball, where they compete with other teams. It also involves academic follow up and curricular reinforcement, as well as get-togethers, athletic afternoons and retreats.

CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM:

Community development of the neighborhood of the Western region of La Romana through culture, especially for small children and youth. Certain specific objectives have been defined for this program: promote cultural habits through frequent repeated activities directed at the entire Community; create cultural groups (music, dance, theater), especially for small children; have a permanent offer of artistic development for children and youth; and improve the self-esteem and self-sufficiency of women through technical training.

CALASANZ UNITES US – CAMP/YOUTH VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (includes CCC):

Community spaces inserted in seven diverse impoverished rural and urban areas of La Romana, La Puya in Santo Domingo and in Bávaro, taking advantage of chapels, multi-use or parish installations. Informal education programs are developed. Their mission is to educate in a holistic manner, through this type of program, vulnerable children, youth and families in order to improve the quality of their lives, in the Calasanz style. The principal areas are personalized school support, motivation to read, handicrafts, sports, promotion of culture and art, and technical-professional training. This program includes the Volunteers Calasanz Unites Us with the formation of monthly and summer volunteers.

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM IN CALASANZ SCHOOLS:

These are the programs that are carried out directly in the Calasanz Schools of the Dominican Republic, and their goal is to provide quality formal education/study opportunities in Calasanz Schools to young children and youth of La Romana who could not otherwise afford them.

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